After working as a business consultant for over a decade, I quit my job with a global corporation to stay home with my young children and help my husband start up his small business. It was definitely a leap of faith, but it had to be done.
My husband had just quit his job as a communications tech to run his own business in town. Gone were the days when there was a “boss” to call out sick when one of the kiddos got sick (and you know when one gets sick, they ALL get sick!).
It was definitely a change of lifestyle at first, but we prioritized and budgeted, and with a lot of faith in God, we made it through.
There has not been one day I regret quitting my job.
Don’t get me wrong, being a small business owner is not for everyone, but it definitely has its advantages.
You can say I’m a creative with an analytical alter-ego. I’ve always dabbled in inks, paints, DIY projects, and a strong attraction to pretty prints. I’ve also been a stickler for systems and numbers. Ever since I was little, I’ve tried various ways to make money, from selling tickets at a “carnival” my brother and I set-up in our backyard to teaching kids how to play piano.
I graduated college with degrees in Art AND business—who does that??—and ventured into the corporate world because that was the safe thing to do… but I wasn’t happy.
The industry I worked in didn’t give me a creative outlet, and I felt stuffed into a box. I loved my job, but it got to the point I did not feel passionate about certain aspects of it anymore. There was a part of me that was being squashed, and it was affecting my whole family.
On top of that, my kids were stuck in daycare. And when my youngest daughter called her daycare provider “mommy”, a little piece of me died inside.
Fast forward to today…
We now have FOUR kids and TWO businesses with other streams of income coming in! Whoo-hoo! For all my babies of course 😉 I’m so grateful my 4th child never had to go to daycare, and I get to spend so much more time with all of them! I still work hard, but it’s for us, not someone else. Sometimes the kids have to go to work with me too, lol. That’s a story for another time.
Life is an evolving entity, and you have to go with the flow.
As my kids are growing, so is our budget. Fortunately, I learned a lot from my years working in business, and I apply it to the businesses we have now. There’s a lot of books out there you can read about business, but if you don’t apply it and experience it hands-on, you are only getting a slice of information and not the whole pie.
The power of the internet and social media marketing is stronger than it was even just a few years ago, and no one should ignore it. It’s not only important for online businesses + professional blogs, but for brick-and-mortar shops too.
I created Rainy Day Riches to help creative women find and start a business they will love.
I want to share what I learned through the years in business and as a small business owner (both good and bad). I hope you are inspired and motivated to start your own biz, no matter how small. There are some great tools and resources I have to show you for your boutique biz + blog that will help guide you and flourish as an entrepreneur.
Thanks for reading!