Norwegian Man Starts His Own Company So He Can Go on Adventures With His Husky

Henrik Vikse was once stuck with a typical desk job but longed to get out, so he did something that every office dweller dreams of: he quit, started his own company and now spends his free time exploring the wilderness of Norway with his husky Akiak.

Henrik told NextShark:

“I’m 28 years old and I’ve been working in construction for about 10 years. I love being active so the work I have isn´t a problem. I could never have an office job that keeps you sitting all day. It was that 7-to-4  job with no flexibility that was the problem. I couldn’t just go on long hikes whenever I had the need for it. That’s also why I decided to start my own business — now I am my own boss.”

Vikse started a tile-laying company that renovates stores. He will land a project, work 12-16 hours a day for about two weeks until it is done and then head out into the wilderness with Akiak.

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“I was scared to do the jump from safe income to being self-employed. About two weeks after I started, the global financial crisis hit Europe. Luckily I survived — I actually didn´t notice anything of it.”

“The only thing I regret is why I didn´t do this years ago. I now have the freedom to work a lot in periods, and truly have the passion to follow my dreams. It´s gone surprisingly well.”

Vikse also offered some simple advice for anyone who wants to work the same easygoing life he has.

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“My advice must be, if you are good enough, you will make it. Put your name out there and don´t be afraid. But of course just in case, have a back-up plan.”

“The most enjoyable part of what I do now has to be the feeling of being flexible. I work hard for a short period so I can travel and enjoy nature in Norway with my furry best friend.”

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