Salaams and Welcome!
My name is Iqbal and I live with my beautiful wife and son in the UK, London.
This blog is about my journey to creating my own Financial freedom and living my life on my terms. I am also a Muslim and whatever I do needs to fit in with my Islamic beliefs. So I hope you join me on this journey by following my blog.
I grew up in the UK, London. My family immigrated from Bangladesh. I then did the usual thing of going to University and getting a degree in Computing.
Straight after University, I did a round the world trip which I absolutely loved. I definitely got the travel bug. The countries I visited included India, Thailand, Malaysia, Austraila and USA.
Working in the Real World
After university, I worked for many years at various different Computer companies. The thing I didn’t like was that I ended up working lots of hours with very little holiday time.
There was also a lot of stress and dealing with people that you did not want to work with. You also have to commute in each day which was at least 2 hours on busy crammed trains.
There had to be a better way.
The books that changed me
Around 2010, my brother was telling me about a couple of books that his friend read.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
- The 4 Hour Work Work by Tim Ferriss.
These books are really popular and many people have read them.
These books totally changed how I think about the world. Rich Dad Poor Dad taught me that by working a 9-5 was not the way to make real money. I needed to create a business and invest my money. The key was to develop assets.
I always thought to have a business would be a lot of stress and just take up a lot of hours. The 4 Hour Work Work taught me otherwise. He managed to set up a business that freed up his time so he could do whatever he wanted to do.
Failing at Business
Since growing up I have tried a bunch of things to make more money. Like reselling concert and show tickets at a higher price or selling things on eBay. These things didn’t make me any real money so I moved on to set up some online businesses.
I thought that setting up my own online business would be quite quick. However, I was very wrong.
My first online business was setting up affiliate sites about popular video games. However, this was not making me enough money so I had to move on to something else.
I then created an Amazon Seller account and started reselling thing I would buy from local shops. I made some good money selling Disney products. The problem with this was that I had to manage a lot of physical stock which was very tiring. Also, I ended up wasting a lot of money on products that would stop selling.
My Current Business
Right now I am focusing on a business which sells clothing online. These t-shirts are printed on demand. The companies that I use handle the entire printing and shipping process. I have to focus on creating designs and getting the sales.
The great thing about this is that all I need is a laptop and can work from anywhere. You can also make money while you sleep. This is not dependent on the amout of hours you work.
So far I have made a few hundred dollars doing this.
Setting up this blog
For many years now I have been reading blogs and books about getting your financial freedom and general lifestyle productivity books. However, I have always wanted to read something from a Muslim angle.
Therefore I set this blog up to scratch my own itch. I will be sharing my journey and hope to connect and inspire other people.
What this blog will focus on
The main things I am focusing now are to do are:
- Setting up a Halal Online business so I can work from anywhere with just a laptop
- Free up my time so I can spend more time with my family, learning about Islam and having more fun!
- Learning how to manage and invest my money in a Halal way.
- Staying fit and healthy so I can still run around as I get older!
- Inspiring other people to do the same.
- Halal food and restaurants. I love food so always want to hear about new cool places to go to.
- Travel more – there are so many other parts of the world I need to visit.
- Connecting with other people
So please stay tuned and come along for the ride!