Well, actually I didn’t exactly QUIT but I am finished. I’m done. It’s over. I’m free! As much as I have loved my JOB at the university, and I was doing a pretty good job at my JOB, and I love all of my co-workers . . . . sometimes things just don’t stay the same. As a result of deep budget cuts across the campus, all four part-time positions and one full-time position have been phased out, just in my department. And that includes me!
So, the way I’m looking at it is this: I’m not just ending a JOB, I’m beginning a CAREER. There are so many projects that I’ve put on the “back burner” of my life over the past couple of years, and now that I will be able to work on a few of them (choosing where to focus my time, energy, and resources will be the difficult part!), it’s time to get moving in a new direction.
If you’ve been reading my blog, even occasionally, over the past few years, you will realize that there are lots of different avenues where I could direct my creativity, so the very first thing I need to do is learn how to put together a business plan and a marketing strategy. Fortunately, right here in this little corner of rural northern Indiana, we have a great program that I recently discovered.
Through our Economic Development Corporation, there is a new program for entrepreneurs. It is called the SBEI (Small Business Entrepreneur Initiative) where they offer a 9 week course in which they guide small business owners through the process of creating / developing a business plan, and then provide support and assistance to bring that business plan to reality. That is on my calendar beginning next week, although I’ve already had my first meeting with the director, and he was very encouraging.
Many of my projects have already been underway, some for as long as 10 years, and most of them have had a fair amount of success (when I could actually pay attention to them!), but this will be the first time I’ve really been able to devote my time and energy, full-time, to building and marketing my businesses. So TODAY is the day when I begin my CAREER.
It is kind of scary, not having that regular paycheck coming in every other week . . . . but I am determined to make this successful and replace that income as soon as possible. I just need to remind myself that I have a pretty good track record of making up my mind to accomplish a task, or set a goal, or begin a journey, and eventually succeeding at whatever I’ve made up my mind to do. And I believe I can do this, too!
Have you ever considered striking out on your own and starting a business? It takes a lot of hard work, many long hours, an inquisitive mind to find the answers to the million and one questions that will arise, and a courageous spirit to navigate all the potential pitfalls – but with God’s guidance, the support of my friends and family, and a willingness to step out there and face my fears, I believe that the journey will lead me right where God wants me to be. I hope you will share in this new journey with me, as I will be documenting it right here on my blog.