The Sexier-Than-Money Rewards in Running a Small Business

rewards of businessI’m guessing  a lot of you are just like me.

You got a blog or a business set up and are running a small business. You feel totally hyped and inspired. You have tremendous dreams for your own life.

Of course, with all that said, this is probably what you really want most: Money.

With money, and lots of it, everything would be good. Running a small business wouldn’t be so challenging, and you can definitely enjoy a better lifestyle.

So money is all there is, and that’s all you want and should be working for right?


Is money all there is?

“But hey!” You’re thinking, “I’m running a business! Not a non-profit, volunteer-work, organization”.

And also, we ALL know there’s more to life than just money, but money is still important. It’s already set in this world and without it, we most likely can’t survive, much less lead a comfortable lifestyle.

We aren’t hippies. GET REAL!

Let me be real…

… and also a little blunt:

As a self-proclaimed  “name to watch out for in blogging” blogger, I’m here to tell you about the many other rewards of blogging, rewards so big they make money feel like nothing. They give you a deeper meaning in life.

The other sexy rewards:

Real, Human Inspiration

My own blog is only 7 months old. My biggest milestone came when a reader emailed me asking for real advice and said she loves reading my blog. Check out how she ended off the email:

Words cannot even begin to describe the amazing feeling I had when I read that.

To know that you’re actually inspiring others, and also feeling inspired yourself in a business is what I like to call a magical tangible, in which the rewards are measured by our own feelings and interaction as humans.

And trust me guys, this inspiration will stick to you for life and give you the drive and motivation you need.

Now, of course this is just a personal example. Whether you’re running a day care center for kids or selling insurance, I am sure if you work hard, the inspiration and gratitude will come.

If I can inspire and interact with others through the web with mere blog posts, you definitely can too with whatever mediums you choose.

Being Recognized for Your Hard Work

Oh, so you’re in business, huh? It’s too bad most people don’t share your vision. What more, they seem to be always ready to dish out discouragement and hate.

That’s kind of common.

Which makes it all the more awesome when you’re finally recognized for your work and talent.

I had another reader messaging me on Facebook that he loves my blog.

Check it out:

Yep, that feeling reading that was amazing too.

This is truly a great reward: To know that somebody out there appreciates your work and recognizes your talent.

This is for writing. Now what about some of the other things you can be doing?

Holding events? Nail it, and the peoples’ smiles say it all.

In the sales line? Hit that hotspot and sell, and your buyers wouldn’t even know what they got themselves into (do this ethically of course).

In addition to making money, this is the other visceral, or might I say, true reward to whatever you do. Something which money cannot buy.

The “Art” of Running a Small Business

Now, after getting some rewards, on top of money, that means you discovered what works for yourself and your business.

This to me is an art that comes in two ways: Creating your own style and growing.

Since you’re your own boss, the freedom of doing things your way is a luxury most others will never have. You don’t have to answer to anybody. Complete freedom starts off with your own courage to try out things on your own, which branches out into creativity and eventually your success.

And do you know how awesome that feeling is, knowing that you did it all on your own? Now, imagine that, with the money flowing in. Double wow!

Having any amount of small business success is also a fantastic way to grow in character. It opens up your eyes to being real and how things work in the world.

All the textbooks or guides you read online may not apply to you at all. That’s how it is for business. It’s not easy. It may be a hard lesson, but it’s a real lesson in life not many are entitled to. This’d definitely bring you far, and the end point comes with a lot of money too.

You’d most certainly find out about many things about yourself too.

It’s like having a relationship with someone. You thought you’d do this or that, or handle something in a certain way, but you end up doing something really different.

E.g. Thought that you’d be that cool boss who takes care of his employees? You may very well end up being hated for being a hard ass, although you were just trying to help them grow too.

Work it Backwards

You know how many successful entrepreneurs recommend that you simply stick to your vision or aim to help others, and everything else will fall into place?

It’s true.

Let me extend that by saying: You can work it backwards in your business.

Typically people aim to achieve the goal of making tons of money from the starting line, where basically there’s a lot of brainstorming, planning and experimenting involved. Then you hope results would come.

Now, has it ever occurred to you that results can come in many unexpected forms at unexpected times?

So long as you stick to your dream and vision, life will set a course for you that will lead to success.  if you push on and don’t give up, you’ll get there.

And with results, you’d know for real what works for yourself and your business, and I don’t see how you can go wrong with that.

Don’t chase money. It’s just paper. Money would come to you when it knows it has a better place with you.

Perhaps you’ve not achieved your aim of making it rich, but if you’ve fulfilled other goals like me, this’d easily give you the motivation and inspiration to work harder and grow your business.

Eventually, you get to do whatever the hell you want.

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Alden Tan is a rock star blogger who quit his job to follow his dream to be a writer. He blogs about inspiration, and has the uncanny ability to not care about what others think.


  1. Turndog Millionaire says:

    Some nice thoughts, Alden

    It’s true, money is important – let’s face it, most of like cool stuff, but there is so much more to it. Making a difference is what I truly strive to achieve. I know if I do this that money will be part of it. However, I could make money and not make a difference. This wouldn’t make me happy, though

    Matt (Turndog Millionaire)

    • Alden says:

      For real Matt. Thanks for commenting!

      I think there should be a balance to what you want to achieve in business, money being the other side of it all.

  2. Sonia says:

    Sweet post. When people do something for the sake of others it becomes bigger than they ever imagine, but when its all about you, it back fires fast. There has to be a “why” in everything we do or people won’t get it, see it or understand it. I once heard that when you truly believe in what you do, it will spread like wild fire to others.

    When I buy a product its because I believe in the company behind it. When I read a post or follow a particular blogger its because there is something they said or do that I just “get” and want to know more. I can see that they love what they do and their actions speak louder than words. That is priceless.

    • Alden says:

      Thanks for dropping by Sonia.

      I read about the “why” behind everything before, be it a business or a blog.

      I am currently still trying to find my why, or at least how to get it out to my readers effectively.

      One thing I know for sure, the masses have a knack to detect sincerity.

    • Lauryn says:

      Hey Sonia!

      Great comment. I agree with you – there has to be a connection that I just “get” when reading or following a certain person. Our ideals are similar, our views are similar… we’re part of a tribe somehow. I find I’m more willing to part money with something I believe in as well.

  3. Mike Kawula says:

    Great post and look forward to watching the video. I love the freedom of being an entrepreneur and controlling my own destiny. Money is definitely important, but the ability to pack up and turn on my computer to work in another time-zone any day I want is worth more than anything. Have a Great WEEKEND!

  4. Kenley says:

    Hi Alden,

    I want to point two things that you probably know, but the readers may not know.

    First, oversharing is as pleasurable as sex, which makes blogging a reward onto itself if you share a lot. Yes, it says Facebook, but I’d say a blog has the same effect.


    Second, when I saw the word business, I was expecting you to talk about how much you could help the economy and generate jobs, but then as I read, you just talked more about blogging in general, still it isn’t the sexiest benefit, so I could understand why you wouldn’t include it.

    Great post nonetheless.


  5. Alden says:

    Hey Kenley,

    Haha ermm I actually don’t know what to make about the first point. I’ll read the article, looks really interesting.

    Well, I treat my blog as a business, as do most bloggers. It can be a business if you want to make it so.

    Thanks for dropping by!

  6. jared akers says:

    Ditto. I get emails from people all over the world thanking me for my emails, content, and personal attention I give to each of them. Someone asked me recently why I’m so open, listen to other people tell their stories, and share my own. My answer is simple, I simply cannot “not” do that. I am aware however of the immense time it takes and only increases as my list and relationships grow.

    One thing that I get great pleasure out of is I keep all the email correspondence I have with readers. I then try and go back, every six months or a year or so, and just look through all of them. Find a remember-able conversation I had with one of them and maybe haven’t heard from in a while. I use Rapportive which helps also (shows the list their own, social networks, recent emails, etc.) and just reach out to them again to check in and see how they’re doing. It’s weird as I do it as a genuine gesture of caring and know that I’m making a difference. And yes, I’m also helping it will help sell some books eventually, for the money but only so I can help more people and do this more. e.i. to have the freedom to do this on a larger scale.

    • Alden says:

      Cool idea Jared!

      Go for it. The effort you put in now is definitely making a difference for someone out there. It may seem like an email or something to you, but I’m sure they appreciate it to bits.

      But yeah, it actually takes effort. I’m coming to realize that myself now. But it’s all good!

      What kind of emails have you gotten so far Jared?

      • Jared says:

        Hey Alden,
        Yes it does take time and effort, but the relationships and rewards are def worth it. I get emails mostly about practical tips on developing inner-peace and happiness – since that’s my expertise and niche. Plus I’m a few weeks out from launching my first self-published book which is exciting.

        • Alden says:

          Awesome Jared!

          Let me know when the book is out. It’s also awesome that people are counting on you for advice. People out there definitely read blogs for real, passionate reasons.

  7. Allan Ngo says:

    Hey Alden,

    This line is pretty neat “Money would come to you when it knows it has a better place with you.” Never really thought of money in this way.

    Having a business is indeed like handling a relationship. You actually think you know what your doing with all your planning and stuff but you totally do the 360 and go the opposite route more often than not.

    More than a journey for business success, this is really an exercise of self-examination on who you are and what you are made of. It is more so true for us solo-preneurs.

    Great post, man!

    • Alden says:

      Thanks man!

      I think I can speak for all business people when I say that you just end up doing something even greater or discovering things about yourself as you go along.

      The quote about money came to me from a friend. I was pretty inspired by him since he was passionate about his business, yet he’s not really making a lot of money.

  8. Steve Baines says:

    I really love this article Alden.

    I can say with 1000% honesty that I would rather have a positive effect in 1 million people’s lives and businesses than receive 1 million dollars.

    I know it sounds crazy, sometimes I even think I’m crazy, but it’s the honest to god truth.

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