Who doesn’t want more freedom? Freedom to earn as much as you want. Set the bar for what you are worth. Freedom to set your own schedule. I know I do. We only get one life and we deserve to live it the way that makes us most fulfilled.
Let me start by saying the decision to go full time work at home was a decision that was made more out of necessity for me. I was a single mother of two (now three) children and I couldn’t afford to work out of the house. The cost of daycare was (and still is) way more than I was making at my medical receptionist job. I was basically working to pay the daycare. I realized I was not going to get ahead on the path I was on. The receptionist job was decent. I loved the people that I worked with (one of my very best friendships to this day started there). I really enjoyed seeing the patients every day, but there was only so far I was going to go in that place. The furthest I could get in that office was office manager and that salary was still not nearly enough to me. I was spending 40 hours a week away from my children and being told that I was only worth $13.00 an hour. I felt that those 40 hours of my time were worth a lot more than $520/week (before taxes and insurance were taken out, it actually came down to about $350). No matter how much effort I put into my job, there was a limit to what I was told I was worth. So I made a change and hopefully it will inspire you to make one as well.
It didn’t happen overnight.
The first step I took was actually ten years before. I took a course in medical transcription. It was a three month night course at the community college. The instructor was horrible and told me I would never make it in the field (gee thanks). So I lost hope, but I kept it on my resume. When I got hired at my last office job they asked if I could help out with the overflow of transcription. “Of course!” I said (knowing I hadn’t transcribed anything since that class, but also knowing there is very little that I can’t figure out). So I did. And it wasn’t horrible. I actually became very good at it and they made it part of my normal job duties.
I started thinking I could maybe do this at home on the side.
So I called the actual transcription company that the doctor I was working for was using for most of his business and asked if she would consider hiring me part time. At the time I thought I would just make a little extra money to help pay for the daycare. She said yes! There was a learning curve and she was patient and gracious in “training” me on the in’s and out’s. Though I always tried to act like I knew what I was doing. I worked for her on a limited basis for a month and then realized that I could save so much money if I quit the office job and went full time with her. This was a huge leap for me, but I really felt a pull to do this (my intuition perhaps or maybe a push from a higher power). I asked her if she had enough to keep me busy and she said absolutely. I told her how much I needed to make and at that time I think the number was only about $1500 a month and away I went.
I became an independent contractor and kept at it.
I worked this way for the next five years. But I still wasn’t quite in control of how much I could earn. No matter what though, I always did the very best I could do. I became her top IC and even managed her business for her when she would take vacations. I learned so much during that time and the best part… I stayed home with my kids (YAY!!) I never missed programs or special functions at their schools. I was available for them when they came home from school. I was working from a ‘home office’ in my bedroom and mostly at night and early in the morning. I took care of her clients like they were my own. I developed a business rapport with one of her clients. If he ever needed anything I was right on it. He liked the way I typed his reports and only wanted me to type them (because he liked things grammatically incorrect and I got used to his style). If he couldn’t get a hold of her I would be there (even on holidays ugh..).
The day came that all that hard work paid off.
The girl I worked for finally had enough of the transcription business. She decided to sell to a larger company. The doctor that I was doing work for was not that happy about it and called me to ask if I could continue doing work for him. “Absolutely” I said – not knowing exactly how I was going to pull it off, but again having faith enough in myself to know there’s not much I can’t do. I never say I can’t do it. NEVER. So after coming to grips with the fact that my only stream of income was being taken away (lots of fear, crying and panic) I chose to work with what I had and look at this as my opportunity.
Now I own my own company.
It was six years ago that I started my business with that one client. And he has been so dedicated and grateful he has sent me MANY referrals. I am now the one with the independent contractors working for me. I have my own office in my home, not just in my bedroom anymore. I have grown my business every year and I’m proud to say that my income has not just doubled. I went from making $13.00 to about $45.00 an hour (just with transcription). I have freedom to set my own schedule, hang out with my kids and be there for them when they need me. If one of them gets sick and has to stay home from school, I no longer miss out on pay because I couldn’t go into the office that day. I also have freedom to work where ever I want. As long as I have an internet connection I’m good to go. I’m looking forward to the addition of my first grandbaby this spring and my daughter lives out of state. If I had an office job I would have to ask for time off. Now I can get it covered by my IC’s or I can just take it with me. I won’t miss that special time in my daughter’s life.
So how can you quit your office job and start making what you’re worth?
Start by thinking about the skills you already have. Can you type? Are you good on the computer? Check into Virtual Assistant jobs online. Do you like writing? There are lots of freelance writing job opportunities online. Realize that it won’t happen overnight. Just start. Maybe you’ll make $100 bucks the first month. Keep searching for ideas (there are loads of them on the internet) and just start. I will be doing a post on online job opportunities for skills we all have soon. But my best advice is to just start somewhere. Wherever you start may not be where you end up, but hopefully soon you will be able to Double Your Income by Quitting Your Job~!
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