Another Year Down, and What Do We Have to Show for it?

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updateWow! Where did 2010 go? Hard to believe we’ve put another year behind us already! We decided to give everyone kind of a general idea of the progress we made in 2010, and what our plans are for our internet businesses in 2011. If you missed it, you can read Scott’s entry here. In this post, I’m going to fill you in on what’s going on in my world; the successes, frustrations, craziness, indecision, and plans. But we’d also love to hear from you. How did you do in 2010? Did you make any progress toward escaping the Rat Race? Got big plans for 2011? Spill it…we want all the juicy details!

My Current Work-From-Home Situation

I haven’t written anything for this blog for a couple of months. What’s my problem? Well, oddly enough, I found myself full-time back in the Rat Race for the last few months, in addition to my part-time work-from-home gig. But fortunately, I got that out of my system! Currently, I’m just working from home part-time for a company called Lionbridge. Not exactly self-employed, but it’s a step in the right direction. I’ve discovered that there are some great advantages to working from home, but there are also some disadvantages and hurdles. I love having the freedom to set my own hours. I also love not having a “boss” looking over my shoulder and telling me what to do and how to do it. And of course, being able to take time off whenever I want to is a definite advantage.

The advantages of working from home have been pretty much what I expected. More freedom and less stress sums it up pretty well. However, there are some disadvantages that I hadn’t really expected to be such stubborn obstacles. Most importantly, I’ve learned that self-discipline is not really my strength. The freedom to work when I want to also means I have the freedom to not work. It’s been a blessing, and a curse. One of my biggest hurdles has been time management. Fortunately, I have made some good progress with that thanks to a little planning and a program called Essential PIM.

Another thing I’ve discovered about working from home is that a lot of people interpret my situation to mean something like, “Since you’re not really busy, you won’t mind doing [fill in the blank with just about ANYthing] for me … would you?? Yeah. I’m amazed that the world was able to function when I had to go to work 8 hours every day.

I’ve been working for Lionbridge for over a year now. It’s been a great opportunity to help me transition from “Rat Race” to work-from-home. Unfortunately it’s only a part-time gig, which means I’m feeling the pressure of getting some cash flow from my online business.

My Current Online Business Situation

Unfortunately, I’m still struggling with the niche I chose for my blog. At the beginning of this journey, I wrote/ranted about the fact that I don’t have a “thing” or if I do, I haven’t recognized it yet. I eventually decided on EcoFriendlyBasics.com because it’s something I at least had some interest in learning about. The tough part is, since I’m not yet an “expert” on the topic of eco friendly living, most of the posts I write require research and fact-checking and I often feel like I’m back in school again writing a research paper or something. It’s a lot of time and effort to put into something I’m not particularly “passionate” about. Still looking for that thing… But in the meantime I’m going to also be looking into some ways to make some passive income online.


 

2 thoughts on “Another Year Down, and What Do We Have to Show for it?”

  1. Great blog! Does the lack of healthcare/benefits concern you at all, working part time/contract jobs? That is my primary deterrent from dropping out of the 40 (really more like 50+) hour a week rat race. Though that term always bothered me, as rats are really much too smart to engage in such futile pursuits…

    1. Mica,

      Thanks. Only Tammy is working part-time on contract. Currently, I’m still working a full-time job during the day and my business in the evenings. So we both have health care coverage because of my job. Honestly, I’m not concerned about the future when I do drop out of the working-for-somebody-else rut, because I’m not planning to become a full time Quitter until I’m making enough money from my Internet Business so I can afford my present lifestyle and health care coverage, plus a little extra.

      Though I’m anxious to do what I’m passionate about full-time, I’m not going to screw things up by making a stupid choice to quit too soon. But that’s just me. I love what I’m doing for my business, and my day job is tolerable. So I’m taking the time to do things in a way that will increase my chances of never having to fall back to a 40-hour gig. I know it will be worth it.

      So how about you…what’s your plan? You’ve really got an advantage with having a day job. The question is, when are you going to start building a better future for yourself so you can eventually quit your day job? Or have you already started that? Please share your story, we would love to hear it.

      Scott

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