Hello! My name is Mark (pen name is Ed White) and I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to The Number One Boss.
Being your own boss is something everyone wishes they could do, at some point. From the time I got my first restaurant job, I can remember thinking how much more rewarding it must be to be the owner, rather than just a lowly dishwasher. At that time, I was thinking more in terms of money and prestige.
Over the years, I learned to perform various duties at my first job. I kept it for several years before moving on to an automotive service career that didn’t work out. I then worked at a local shop that manufactured custom motorcycle products. After that, I worked for an attorney friend, where I had my first up-close look at how a successful person really operates. I learned a lot from him about work ethic, how to manage my money, how to organize myself and how to be responsible for everything I laid my hands on.
The years that followed began with a new career as a truck driver. I liked the idea of working independently in different parts of the country. I felt it was time to rough it, so I could clear my head and figure out where I belonged. Unfortunately, I ended up in an accident that put me in a very difficult spot. I quit the company so I could drive for a local company. The accident came up and while I was never cited or even blamed, no company would touch me. They had other applicants with clean driving records, so I simply wasn’t hired.
Having left my job, I was at another crossroads. It seemed like the thing to do was to get another minimum wage job and go back to school – again. Along the way, I got a job selling cars at a dealership, which was challenging in many ways. I had never been forced to put myself out there like that, but I didn’t have much of a choice. I knew in the back of my mind that learning how to sell could serve me somehow, even if I couldn’t see how at the time.
I managed to sell a few cars during the two months I spent there, although I was eventually fired for something stupid. From what I came to understand later, they never intended to keep me in the first place. That brought me to some blunt realizations about how the real world works. I couldn’t expect others to always do what I believed was the right thing and I couldn’t expect anyone to give me a chance just because I needed one.
What followed was a long and depressing period of unemployment. Then, as incredible as it sounds, something entirely new fell into my lap that started with an ad looking for freelance writers. I found out I already had a marketable skill that I could use to make money and it has carried me into the present day. Since that time, I’ve met other writers and learned of new opportunities and ways in which someone with a skill like this can earn a living. This website is an extension of that, with which I aim to help others discover different ways that they too can earn money outside of a traditional job.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re actually looking to get out of the job market or not. Maybe you just need some help making ends meet and a side gig of some kind would fit the bill. That’s fine, too. The important thing is that you know that if things take a turn for the worst, you’ll still be able to make money. Who knows, you might explore some business opportunity you read about here and find out it’s what you should have been doing all along. In any case, you have nothing to lose.
So feel free to browse through the site and comment wherever you like. You can also message me through the contact page, if you have any further questions. I’ll do my best to get back to you promptly.
See you inside!