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My name is Paul Hardingham, and I was born and grew up in Essex, UK.
The early years:
I didn’t particularly enjoy school and wanted to leave and start work as soon as I could. However in reality I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I stayed on at school for A levels and a few years later I went on to study for a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering before starting full-time work as an electronics design engineer.
2 years in a dark room
I remained an electronics engineer for 2 years – working for a company with over 2,500 people on one site. There were very few windows in the buildings (it was “secretive” work, I can’t say more than that) so in the winter I would arrive at work for 8am, leave at 5pm and the only daylight I’d see was if I went out for lunch. I didn’t particularly enjoy working there but it was a real eye opener and a great experience so certainly not something I regret.
As an alternative source of income I started trading the stock market and made some very good money (some months I’d make more money buying and selling shares than I was making, working 37 hours a week for my employer). By this stage I knew I wanted to be my own boss and not work for someone else.
Change of direction
My father and both his brothers had worked in “sales” and the idea of meeting people and travelling around appealed to me. So after a couple of years as an electronics designer I looked for a job in technical sales and very soon took a new job with a small family run electronics firm in Hertfordshire. I spent 7 years there and again, learned a lot about how business works.
Amazing invention that changed the world forever!
In the late 1990’s I learned about the internet. I instantly saw that this would change the world forever. I got myself a PC and eventually worked out how to connect it to “bulletin boards” (pre-internet). In 1999 started buying domain names. One of the domains I purchased was “moviewatch.co.uk”. This was long before most people thought it would be possible to watch movies online, hey, people were still wondering if emails would even catch on! I’ve always loved technology and do my best to keep ahead of the curve 😉
The big jump!
In 2001 I had learned enough skills to be able to create websites and enough confidence to quit my full time job. I left behind the company car, private pension and pretty good salary. On 1st Feb 2001 I woke up without the alarm clock for the first time in 20 years! What an amazing day and I still remember it clearly as if it were yesterday.
A shaky start.
However, whilst working for myself felt really good, it had it’s downsides. I HAD to make it work! At the start I was barely covering my costs, but after about 12 months working pretty much all hours, I cracked it and I have been fortunate enough to make a full-time living for myself from the internet ever since. Yes, there have been ups and downs (as with any business) but one of the “secrets” is to create an income that is passive (it keeps paying even if you are not actively building or promoting it).
I believe anyone can make money on-line but the key thing you must have to achieve a successful results is a genuine “reason” or a burning desire. What is your “why?”
Here’s some cold hard truth for you: If you are comfortable doing what you’re currently doing then you are probably unlikely to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve success on your own (i.e. investment of time and money). But if you do have a real burning desire then there’s no reason you cannot make a success of it today.
Help and assistance
On this site you will find more information about how you can set yourself free from the daily 9-5 routine. You only get one shot at life, so give it your BEST shot and start making your dreams your reality.
Feel free to contact me on the contact me page if you want any assistance.
This website is for my business related activities.
Above all, have fun!