me + business = ?

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Things that have to do with money (finance, business, banking, etc) are very abstract to me. Much more abstract than real abstract things like love and pain. I can’t seem to fathom these things even if they are explained to me very carefully in the most basic way.

It’s the reason why I didn’t take up accountancy even if I have a fairly acceptable math skills. It’s the reason why I avoided any business courses in every university I applied to. It’s the reason why I clung into history, arts and literature.

Then, last year, I landed a job at an Australian accounting firm. However, I don’t work with accounting people. Confusing? There’s a very complicated explanation behind that. The simplest way to put it is the accounting firm is also an offshoring company. They lease staff to other companies.

So, basically, I work for a promotional products company based in UK and my work doesn’t have anything to do with numbers. I write copies on our website, articles on our newsletter, and tweets on our SNS. That’s all. Though sometimes the money side squeezes itself onto my realm, I don’t have to worry about it that much.

In 2nd of January of this year, while I was eating dinner with my friend, I found myself getting into something I never thought I would get involved with in my whole life.

This friend of mine is driven and passionate when it comes to things she finds interesting and worth it. That includes money stuff (she and my mom hit it off when they discussed insurance stuff while I just ate chicken between them). She has always told me that she wanted to have a business of her own so that she can handle her own time. I always don’t know what to say to this because business is not really my kind of thing.

Then, she asked, “Is there already a…?”

“No,” I answered.

The idea clicked and she was like, “That’s it!”

It was an interesting idea actually and I found myself giving suggestions on how she can make it happen. Suddenly, her idea became OUR idea. Her business became OUR business.

I wanted to talk myself out of it. I tried to tell her I’m not into business stuff (which she already knows). However, she told me that she can’t put it up on her own because some of her weaknesses happen to be my strengths. She even assured me that I won’t have to deal with the things I don’t want to deal with like the legal stuff. So, I agreed.

However, there’s nothing to get excited about yet. We only have an idea as of now. We have no capital or anything at all. Still, it’s something we’re starting to work on now. We’re reading business books, looking at ideas that could work with the business we have in mind, etc.

To be honest, there’s also a part of me that wants to be in this. The business falls under one of my interests, so I know that I could make myself patient with it. Still, I’m still doubtful if the two of us will be able to work long enough to make it happen or this is just some byproduct of the New Year’s high.

Nevertheless, it won’t hurt to learn new things.