I transitioned to part time at my day job to spend more time on our business AND work 98% of the time from our home office.
I say 98% because there is one particular responsibility at my day job that requires me to stop in the office for a couple hours 2x a month and I'm fine continuing that while we are still based in Minneapolis.
I LOVE being at home and having more time to focus on growing our business. BUT it does mean we made that stressful step in eliminating most of my consistent income. I no longer have that nice set hourly wage. For better or for worse my job didn't offer any kind of benefits other than vacation so I will still have that through Mark's employer. But now it's up to me and only me to start building other avenues for making money. Eek! Here's what's been going through my head:
- Can I do it?
- Should I have waited and put up with holding my full time job for just a few more months to make a little more to help pay our bills down?
- Can we continue to save enough each month?
- What if there are emergency expenses that come up?
- Am I going to have to eat nothing but ramen now?
- What if the car dies?
- What if, what if, what if??!?!?
I was asked by someone exactly what it is I do right now and that of course has a complicated answer since I do a lot of things but for those that are curious, here are my current income avenues:
- Part-time remote admin assistant for USA Triathlon Midwest Region
- Part-time development and finance coordinator for ZapEvent Online Registration
- Owner of UpTempo Race Management and co-owner of RaceGuide365.com
- Dog sitter through DogVacay.com
- Writer and keeper of this website - ALifeMoreComplete.com
Plus this also gives me the flexibility to keep up on household things like laundry, cleaning and working with our contractors that are doing multiple projects around the house. Right now our entire yard is being redone and while it was an expensive project, it was necessary to making our place better and more desirable as a rental property in the future.
This post is meant to be more of a milestone for us but also gave me a chance to vent about what's been going through my mind and ask all of you out there if you have left your full-time jobs to work for yourself. What is hard for you? Your family? What is the best thing that has happened since you've made the transition?