Journey to Self-Employment

I never thought I would be someone who would even want to work for myself.  When I envisioned my career it was in a downtown office working 9-5.  In fact, I always planned a career in public service and that is exactly what I have done for the past 9 years.  But then, I married a man who worked for himself.  It is true that it was the stability of my career in the first couple of years of marriage that allowed him to not have to worry about the money and just focus on the establishing his business foundation but I think he would have continued on this path even if it hadn’t been for the stability of my job.  He just does better working for himself.  In the past couple of years I have increasingly found myself wishing for the same freedom he has on a day to day basis.  Most mornings he’s in bed an hour after I leave for work.  He can work 2 or 3 jobs that last 4-5 hours total and still beat me back home again.  He does on occasion have to work late or incredibly long hours but that is about once a week or less.  I can easily learn to do what he does and join him in the business but I really don’t have much interest.  I would love to be his office manager and focus on really establishing my genealogy consulting business (which is an incredibly small field btw) but there is still that matter of needing some income coming in from me.  It doesn’t help that economy isn’t great and that makes if difficult to find even a part time ‘normal’ job.

Right now the gears are turning and I’m attempting to think of or find something that I can turn into my own business.  I would love to be a consultant but again part of the problem is my ‘professional’ field is small and I’m not in the right part of the country to be an effective consultant and moving is not an option for us.  So in the meantime I keep working and looking to see what, if anything, is out there either in a traditional professional career or through a small business of some type.  I’ll figure it out, I just haven’t done it yet.

Anyone have any suggestions?  Maybe, you’re interested in learning more about your family tree…if so, check out my website to the right.


New Dawn


For a few weeks now I have been itching for a change.  My oldest is in Pre-K and will be starting kindergarten next fall.  I’ve said for years that I want to ‘quit working’ when she starts school.  I have achieved and lost (due to relocating offices and downsizing at work) the goals I had set for myself when I began my current job.  Due to the state of the economy there is no room for growth at my office now or anytime in the immediate future. In fact, it just gets more stressful and depressing as time goes on.  I want a change.

I’ve been thinking and talking about career change with those around me but I have yet to see any real opportunities.  I’ve been brainstorming what I want and can’t seem to find anything that remotely matches what I’m looking for.

This morning I checked out the blogs that I regularly monitor and realized that two of them have posted ‘this is the end’ messages.  A third, has pretty much already taken that form those she does update on occasion (about 3-4 a year).  The fourth has recently been undergoing changes but her post today seemed to fit the the goodbye messages of the other two…change, focus on family, less is more.  It seems to me that they were also sending a message to me.  It is time for a change.

I’m not sure how I am going to accomplish my changes but I do know that it is time for a change, a drastic change.

Here is what I know that I do want:

  • an organized house (I need the time to accomplish this)
  • a flexible job that would allow me to spend more time with the kids especially once school gets out (afternoons, school holidays, etc)
  • I would love to run my own business which would give me the flexibility that I want but my interests and skills do not lie in high demand fields
  • I want to go back to school and get my master’s degree even if it is only one class at a time
  • one day when the kids are older, I would love to have the ability to travel but that is a more long-term goal

Its time for me to move on but I’m not sure what I need to do to make those first steps and I’m definetly not sure which direction I am supposed to go so that I can achieve my goals.

I guess my first step should be obvious.  Its time to focus on prayer and ask God to direct my steps.

So here is to figuring out what is the first step to change…