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11 things I learned about self-employment in Malaysia

Self-employment in Malaysia

I’ve been self-employed for about a year now!

For those who don’t know the story, it’s basically this: moved to Ipoh late-2015, tried to open a business. Failed. Tried to look for jobs. Failed to find high-paying jobs. Started freelance writing. Now I am a self-employed writer.

Prior to this, I had always had 9am-6pm jobs. Like many people, I liked the stability of a full-time job. But I’ve also been envious of entrepreneurs and other people who ‘work for themselves’. Not having a boss seems like a nice concept, even though I liked all of my bosses.

Whether you’re currently self-employed, or considering to take the self-employment route in Malaysia, I think you’ll find this post insightful. Here are 11 things about self-employment in Malaysia that I found out in the past year.

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Thoughts about moving to Ipoh

When I tell people that I’m moving to Ipoh, inevitably this dreaded question comes up:

“So what are you going to do in Ipoh?”

I’m going to be honest af right now- every time I hear that question, my heart beats faster, my mouth gets drier, and I smile (the type that doesn’t reach the eyes) while I say, “I don’t know yet, I’m still looking”.

Then usually they will give me like a “nevermind you’ll find something” and I’ll reply “yeah…” and just trail off awkwardly.

I don’t know why I’m not out and proud declaring that I’m going to be a full time entrepreneur. For goodness sake, I have a running online business called Kotak Koffee. I’m going to expand the business and make it reach new heights. Now I have more than enough time to dedicate to marketing it, and getting more products in. I could employ someone to help me with the work. Kotak Koffee has so much potential, and Ipoh is damn near perfect to continue Kotak Koffee’s expansion.

Click on the logo above to check out what I sell.. although the tagline is a dead giveaway

So why am I not … confident… about being an entrepreneur?

Never mind, I know the answer. It’s plain ol’ fear.

I’m scared shitless right now. I’ve always been a stable, predictable income kinda girl. I like surety. I love certainty.

Part of me is like, what if you fail?

Shit, what if I fail?

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