My name is Rabia Haji, originally born and raised on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa and later relocated to the United Kingdom in the 1980s where I built a family.
I am just an ordinary mum of two demanding beautiful teenage daughters who keep me grounded at most times.
I am also a woman who wear many hats, a software developer by trade, a devoted entrepreneur and an aspiring author.
I have completed my BSC degree from Kingston University, the UK in the field of Computer Science in 1997, thereafter I was employed as an IT professional.
After twenty years of experience in the IT industry, I later decided to have a financially free lifestyle and own my own business.
I live in Surrey, United Kingdom.
My Mission For The Entrepreneur Friend Blog
My main objective and sole mission for finding this blog is to provide a credible Entrepreneurial Resource for newbies, aspiring and struggling entrepreneurs to:
- Gain clarity on starting, building and scaling successful online businesses
- Help map out their business’s journey in the right way so they too can succeed sooner
- Provide a platform for like-minded entrepreneurs to collaborate and engage with each other in a friendly way
- Share inspiration, tips and strategies on online entrepreneurship, digital marketing and mindset development
- Inspire and empower all entrepreneurs to reach and rise up to their full potential
Since graduating from university, I have been doing the 9 to 5 none stop.
The only time I remember having a break was when I went on maternity leave for three months with my first child and six months with my second.
As a mother, I strongly felt I should be at home looking after my children, but the reality was different.
This option was denied to me as I had no choice but to return to work and provide for myself and young family.
I was a single mum with so much debt, hardly surviving on maternity pay I was given.
I juggled motherhood and work for many years as many mothers in a similar situation will do.
There came a point in my life when I questioned everything about my lifestyle.
I worked very hard, yet the money disappeared so quickly, at the end of the month I was always broke.
I did not by any means live beyond my ability.
Just made enough to pay the bills, take care of my immediate families such as my daughters and mum, occasionally I help my extended family and when I can, I contribute to various charities I passionately care about.
I work long hours and hardly see much of my family.
My eldest daughter once complained to me and said “mum all you do is work”, you can imagine how hurt that felt when she said it.
I had to swallow it, she was right in a way, but I had no alternative to give her that I will be home early from now on. I broke so many promises before.
The commute to work is a nightmare as I must make use of public transport. When it is good, life is easier but increasingly it has been getting worse over the years.
I could write a whole book about the miseries my fellow commuters and I face daily.
You never quite know what to expect when you arrive at the train station or how your day will end.
You just have to take it as it comes. By the way, I have been doing this for more than 12 years.
To cut a long story short, I began to look for ways to make extra money to improve my financial situation and quality of life.
I also worked on Saturdays whenever I got the opportunity.
This made me realize it was not sustainable in the long run as it left me with little time for myself and family.
I thought of applying for other jobs and over the years I have been approached by many companies, however, my answer will always be no.
Deep down I knew if I carry on working for other people I will never truly be free.
It is better to struggle now and hustle.
Put a plan in place which will offer me the kind of life I desperately desire to have financial, time and location freedom as well as allowing me to avoid the rat race.
The most precious commodity we all have is time and once is gone we can’t bring it back.
I found myself years were passing me by, getting older but my life remained unfulfilled.
My Turning Point
I knew something had to change.
What I wanted could be achieved If I either work for myself, win the lottery which is unlikely as I don’t do the lottery or inherit lots of money.
I started to explore the possibility of going into business though I had no prior knowledge of running a business be it offline or online.
I am not joking when I say I failed many times.
I took the failures as part of the process.
The most important lesson I learned was never to quit when things don’t go according to plan and I am faced with difficult challenges.
I heard this phrase from somewhere “Quitters are losers and Winners never quit”.
After doing extensive research I chose to start an internet business as it resonated with me better given my circumstances.
This was the beginning of my entrepreneurship’s journey.
Since starting I have never looked back and the rest, as they say, is history.
I took up the e-commerce route which I have been successfully doing it for a few years now.
I continue to explore more opportunities in my journey as an online entrepreneur.
Why This Blog And How I Can Be of Assistance To You?
Becoming an online entrepreneur is a big scary step to take but the reward, in the long run, is worth every bit of the pain you will go through.
I am not going to lie to you and say that it is easy or you will become a millionaire overnight as some people would like to claim.
The reality is very different … there are many hurdles to overcome.
…I should know better, I have been through them all.
With that being said …
I would like to reassure you that with the right success strategies, support, commitment and focus on your part, you stand a good a chance of succeeding as anyone else in the online space.
It is definitely possible when you are shown how to with a proven system to follow step by step, even if you a complete beginner with no prior business or computer experience.
A proven system that will guide and support you at each stage of your journey.
I will be your cheerleader along the way and together, we will ride the bumpy waves to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your business ventures.
Are you ready to share your business’s journey with me?
If that sounds like you then you have come to the right place.
Rabia, your entrepreneurial friend
Does my story resonate with you? if it does please leave me your comments below.