It’s two o’clock in the afternoon on a Thursday. I’m watching my 13 month-old as he concentrates really hard to get the lid back on a container of snacks. He figures it out. His eyes light up. He smiles and looks at me to see if I was paying attention. Yup, I was watching. Mommy sees it all. Do you want to know why? Because I can! The fact that I work from home as a transcriptionist and virtual assistant makes afternoons like this possible.
This wasn’t always my life. I’ve left comments on other blogs and written some posts here on my own site that alluded to my story. I’ve never explained the whole thing. Some of you wanted more details. Well, here goes.
The transition period into this new lifestyle started with a comment that went something like this: “What the he@# am I supposed to do now?” That was my reaction when I found out the company where I worked for the last almost nine years was laying off all employees and closing their doors due to the economy. I was seven months pregnant and visions of booties and burp cloths danced in my head. I wasn’t even thinking about finding a new job or career. Now it seemed that I didn’t have a choice.
There were several stressful weeks as my husband and I developed a new game plan. We decided to save on expenses in any way we could while I searched for a new job. However, my big pregnant belly greeted each interviewer before I did. Let’s face it. People were not looking to hire someone who would be going on maternity leave very shortly.
There were a lot of sleepless nights, praying and plenty of crying. No, this wasn’t after the baby was born. This was me pregnant, emotional and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life! I spent countless hours researching online careers. I decided that, ideally, I would like to stay home and raise my baby while making a full-time living.
This was no easy task. There were plenty of get-rich-quick schemes to be found. I did come across some viable options but I didn’t have the start-up costs needed. Then I found my beacon in the dark. I found Loretta Oliver’s Transcription Crash Course (Click here to see the post I wrote about that for more details). I thought, Hey, I could do that! I could be a transcriptionist and I have tons of other skills to offer as a virtual assistant.
In my previous job, I was pretty much the go-to person. I managed the staff. I created the schedules. I kept track of production. I developed systems to make record keeping and production run more efficiently. I was at the top of my game when it came to customer service. The clients loved working with me—and I knew them all by name. I also ran the business when the owners were away.
So, why couldn’t I do all of this for my OWN business? I decided that I could! Did it all just fall into place effortlessly? Absolutely not. Did it take my very own blood, sweat and tears? Yes it did. Have I had to figure some things out as I go? Of course! Did I sometimes work with a child strapped to me or in between 2 AM feedings? Yup.
Every last minute of this has been worth it. I create my own schedule so I don’t miss out on time with my family. I make my own rates. I choose the clients I work with (and I love them all!). Sometimes I wear sweats and a t-shirt. Sometimes I take a work break in the middle of the day and go outside with my son. This is what having my own online business has afforded me.
This was my story for anyone who says they don’t have the time, there’s not enough money or they’re just plain scared. Here I am—living proof.
So, what’s your story? How did you get where you are today? Are you not quite where you want to be yet? What’s stopping you? I’d love for you to share your thoughts with me!