Why I left my home business to blog full time –one of the most life changing decisions I ever made.
Over seven years ago, Matt and I decided that I could leave my nursing job at the hospital and become a stay at home mom. We were in a good place financially and I really wanted to be home with our three girls. A few months after I left that job, things unexpectedly popped up financially and we realized that we needed more income coming into the home. I didn’t want to leave the girls so I started researching reputable work at home companies. I found one, did my research and eventually got started.
Things were going great. I was bringing in an income and was finally contributing financially again. After a few years of being with that company, I started this blog. I started it as a creative outlet and as a way to connect with other people…especially moms.
Shortly after that, I was asked by my work at home company to become a social media and advertising trainer with the company. I was excited and loved teaching others how I was being so successful.
After taking some time off from my business due to losing our home to a fire, I realized a few things about my life….especially my home business.
1. I was spending way too much time of the phone. I was closing calls with potential business partners, closing my teams’ calls for them if they were new, hosting my trainings, attending training calls and coaching others.
2. I was spending over $200 a month on phone and internet.
3. I was missing school events because I was “working.”
4. Even though I was my own boss, I was working a lot of hours. I needed to build my team plus I needed to help my teams’ teams. I was all about helping others succeed, but if I didn’t take the time to personally bring in people, I could lose my status with the company which meant that my pay could change.
I struggled with the decision on what I should do for months. I didn’t want to lose my residual income (income that comes month after month for the work you did one time) that I built.
I also didn’t want my decision to change the relationships that I had built with my team.
I knew that if I was going to leave my home business that I needed to do something in order to replace my income: find a new home business or get a job outside of the home. I struggled terribly with this decision.
One day I was on the blog giving you all an update on how we were moving into our home after the fire. It was a heartfelt and appreciative post. After I hit submit on the post, I sat at my desk feeling so grateful for everyone’s kind and encouraging words that my readers had express during our difficult time. It was then that I realized that blogging was where my heart was. I wanted to make blogging my full time job.
I took about 3 weeks of contemplating my decision, I finally took the plunge to pursue blogging as my business. I knew that no matter what I did with the blog money-wise I didn’t want to lose my reason of why I started blogging in the first place.
I haven’t lost that vision. Blogging is a passion. When you love what you do, things will just fall into place.
I left my home business and have never looked back. I love what I do and can’t image doing anything else.
Being a full time blogger has allowed me:
1. The freedom to set my own hours. I don’t miss any school functions anymore. I am the room parent for Emily’s class and PTSO President for Kassie’s school.
2. To have some amazing relationships with fellow bloggers and my readers: relationships that I’ll cherish forever.
3. To ditch that hefty phone bill. 🙂 See how I cut that down drastically here.
4. To see who my real friends were. Once I left my business, most of my upline stopped talking with me and defriended me on my social media sites. They were only my friend because we were in business together, but once I left so did our friendship. That makes me sad and unfortunately it is a common thing in that industry. I just didn’t think it would happen to me.
5. To save up enough money to take them on a big trip to Florida in December.
6. Replace my income from my home business
I want to say thank you to my amazing readers/followers who’ve supported, encouraged and stuck with me over the years. You are greatly appreciated. Without all of you there would be no Making It Happen Together.
And a big THANK YOU to Matt for always believing in me and everything that I do…no matter how crazy my ideas are.
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