I was forever chomping at the bit to become a stay-at-home mom, and I became one at the age of 30. Once at home, I spent my days holding and staring at and nursing my baby. I held him for naps and read books and watched a lot of crappy TV. I needed the downtime from having been going to school from the age of 5 and then working from the age of 16.
After a while I got a little ... unchallenged. Not bored. But just not challenged. I thought up a sticker line for nursing moms. I tried selling scrapbooking stuff. The best was when my old boss called and said my replacement sucked and I needed to come in ... with baby and I could pick my own hours. That was pretty ideal ... until my baby got squiggly and mobile.
After that, I started doing some data entry and writing appeal and thank you letters from home for nonprofits. After my third kid, I was all into article and ebook writing and never looked back. I didn't even get an internet connection at home until April of 2013 and then really took off and was able to make about $2K from home per month writing, editing and doing social media jobs if I really worked it. AND I could go to the pool and hang with my kids.
I never loved working in an office. I hated the drama (sure, I added to it because I was not challenged and was bored) and the being on time and getting up early and dealing with so many personalities in person. Hated the politics because I'm bad at that crap. I wish I had started working from home in my 20s but I didn't have the maturity and the internet was barely a thing.
So I want to highly recommend working for yourself. If you want to be a vet or a lawyer or an architect or something that requires a degree and that you work in a structured setting ... yes, do what you have to do. But if you are good at many things (car repair, home repair, proofreading, woodworking, software development, selling Younique cosmetics or Jamberry nail wraps like I do) that can possibly be done from your own home or close by, GO FOR IT!
I have so many little business things to do that I keep putting off and they could each mean sales in two of the companies I work with doing direct sales. I should do them first thing in the morning when the kids are sleeping and I have a bit of brain power but I keep putting them off.
I need to send emails to the people who requested Jamberry nail wrap samples and let them know they were sent and that they can contact me at these different places. I need to send emails to all the people who requested samples from way back on to see if they tried their samples and if they would like to buy, party or join my team. Can’t hurt to ask; I’m just not asking.
I need to do the same with Younique, only anyone who tries a sample of that buys so no follow-up there … not too many samples sent yet but each one bought something.
I ordered thank you cards in bulk on ebay today so I can start writing thank you notes to past customers and include a freebie in each one! I love to show appreciation for my customers!
So often I put off doing things that I know will help me to be successful. Do you ever do that?