To learn how my path changed from working for a company to becoming my own boss, we need to travel back in time. The true old saying “I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger” is so commonly spoken of people who are in their 40’s, 50’s and even older. I grew up in a home with parents that graduated from high school that directly started working for a company the day after they left school. They started at an entry level position and slowly worked their way up into middle management, due to loyalty and long years of service that entitled a person to a job promotion due to the time put in. My Father worked for the same company until the day he retired, he worked hard and made a decent wage.
A CHANGING WORKFORCE
The job force has changed since the days of my parent’s lifelong job position with the same company are gone, rewarded long term employees who get promoted just based on their years of service. Gone are the days that your job is secure, when companies are more worried about their shareholders making a profit in the 3rd quarter then securing their employees job. Larger companies buying the other companies, laying off staff and demanding twice amount of work. People now are changing jobs or even careers every few years to keep working in the fast changing pace of corporate America.
As I started navigating the waters on “what do I want to be when I grow up?” the focus that was taught to me was all about Education, Degrees and diplomas. No company would hire our generation unless they had a degree. I went to college for 2 years and received my degree in Graphic Design, finding a job soon after graduation. I started working in the Embroidery, Sportswear and promotional product industry. Using my creativity to produce the best and having not much inspiration by the end of each day. I was just an employee, getting a raise every once in a while but not getting ahead in life. The pay was just enough to pay my bills and put a small amount in my savings.
I had worked in this industry for 20 years and was starting to get weary and tired, having to work twice as hard for the same result. The economy starting going downhill and was affecting our industry, resulting in our clients cutting their spending budgets with the company drastically. The day finally came when I was called into the office and was told that they had to cut back my hours due to the economy. I was devastated at that moment, my loyalty and hard work was nothing when my boss could not pay the bills.
THE TURNING POINT
I needed this job or so I thought because my husband has Chronic Lyme Disease, and is unable to work due to his illness. This moment was a turning point for me, it made me take a step back and take a look at what I had done with my life. Taking a hard look and realizing that I had put all my eggs in the one basket and that basket had fallen. My industry was changing due to technology and online purchasing, viewing the long term outlook was not good if I stayed where I was at. I started searching for work and discovered that a job posting that would normally receive 40 applicants were see over 400 applicants apply. My search then turned to online work and discovered that I could have my own company, make money and create a financial future for my family. I found the perfect opportunity with a great team on my search. I started to travel down this road and had people to guide and teach me the opportunity and benefits of working at home – being your own boss. I finally saw hope and was in the driver’s seat for once, making the choices to become financially SUCCESSFUL. It was not an overnight process and I did a lot of learning and listen to the experts that had great success. I made choices and decision based on the information I had learned and did was best for my business.
I had to change my way of thinking of being an employee to being the CEO of my own business. I had to think long term, not just today and this moment – LONG TERM. Did I know exactly what I was doing? NO!!! Was I unsure and questioned everything? – YES!!! I was NOT ALONE! I was given many resources and access to experts who had traveled the same path I was on many years before me. These people had all the same questions, fears, excitements and SUCCESS that I was having. I took a chance on building MY fortune and success instead of someone else’s.