Everyone says working from home is great, it is easy. You are your own boss. You work when you want, how you want, even wearing what you want!
Sounds idyllic doesn’t it? However, I would like you to know the truth. I would like to tell you about some of the things that people forget to mention. The reality that working for yourself really is.
This is a story of courage and determination that I witnessed as a ringside spectator. I was close to the action, right on the edge. Although I saw the battles, and was always available for support. I was, in the main, excluded.
The story I am going to share, very briefly, is that of my wife establishing her training business, following a redundancy. It is an abridged version, because it is a long and depressing story to go too deep into. However there are some particular traits that I have identified in my wife, that I now look for in people who ask me to work with them in their Judi Online.
A Little Background Information
My wife had been a teacher at a local high school for over 15 years. She had achieved her degree whilst staying at home after the arrival of our third and fourth children. When the youngest reached the age of 2. Judi, my wife, went out and got herself a job. To facilitate this she employed a nanny to look after our two pre school children. However, her thinking was a little bit outside of the box, she licenced the home and the nanny, with our local authority, enabling us to charge other people to bring their children into our home, thus making the nanny self funding.
Character Traits Of The Successful – Outsourcing
Judi understood the power of outsourcing even then. By leveraging her ability to get things done by some one else (Especially the less glamorous or even tedious) she was able to create income, free up her time to do the stuff that really paid well. This also allowed her to be really creative with her time. Outsourcing takes many shapes and forms, but never forget to use it. It can be one of the most profitable thing you can do for your business.
The Children thrived, and grew up happy and well balanced. Eventually long after they were both in full time education, Christine, our nanny, left. She got married and had a family of her own.
Life progressed, until 2 years ago, just after I had had surgery to a shoulder injury. Judi came home with the news that she had been laid off. Well to be more accurate her contract had not been renewed, and she was out of work.
Character Traits Of The Successful – Resilience
Judi was angry at her treatment, of course. She was hurt, the situation was unjust. However rather than be down about it, she turned her attention to me and said “You need to get me a website sorted out. I am off to get some equipment and my certificates.”
There was no discussion, I would have urged caution, I suspect. Judi just grabbed the bull by the horns and determined to set up for herself.
Opportunity Is not Always Dressed Up In Party Clothes
I am sure you have heard the expression, ‘as one door closes, another opens’. How many of us stand and stare at the closed door, moaning? May be for so long, we actually fail to see the new door open? I know a few that have done it.
Not my wife, she had heard about the urgent need for trainers to improve the safety standards in Technology College Classrooms. Most notably in resistant materials, food tech and sewing / textiles. Judi was a Food Tech Specialist. There were grants available, and plenty of work to bring the standards up, to save teachers and classroom assistants from being sued.
Character Traits Of The Successful – Persistence Is Essential
In the cold light of day it turned out that, the grants were not available, and the work was really hard to get! Imagine, trying to carve yourself a slice of the “Health & Safety” pie in what had basically been a closed market. In The cold light of day I felt it was a bit of a chance to take, we had so much to lose. My thinking was:- “What if it all goes wrong?”
However, the word No was not in Judi’s vocabulary. The word Next was the battle cry. She marketed herself as the solution… Many schools had had law suites to deal with. So she instructed me, in my new found position of marketing director, to get our message out there!
do not be sued for sloppy record keeping,
make sure your training is up to date.
If That Child Cuts His Hand Off, Who is Responsible?
Don’t get Caught With Acid In Your Glass.Train Your CA’s NOW!
My marketing training was all cutting edge and up to the minute, but Judi’s message was Brutal. And Constant.