The Story Behind Me Working From Home
4 years ago, I was a recent college grad working in what I thought was my “dream job”.
4 years ago, I was a recent college grad working in what I thought was my “dream job”. It came with all the perks:
• Nice salary
• 401k with 6% company matching
• Company car + credit card
• Daily meals paid
• Weekly travel (I got to keep all the travel points!)
I was 22 years old with a nice paying job and fully supporting myself. In fact, I could even afford to help my parents, too. Everyone was so proud of me, and I seriously thought I’d made it!
But something wasn’t right…
About 6 months into the job, I realized I was EXHAUSTED. And for the first time in months, I asked myself the question “how am I doing?” And the answer was “not so good.” My new on-the-go lifestyle was weighing on me. I was always in a car or on a plane headed to another city, in someone’s office having a meeting, or responding to an email/phone call. I was barely home, so I felt disconnected from my family and friends. And when I was home, I was too tired to do anything.
The logical solution would be to get another job, and I knew there were other jobs, but my fear was ‘other jobs’ wouldn’t be as lucrative. I mean, isn’t staying where you know you’ll get a paycheck that can cover your bills the responsible thing to do? Isn’t that what you SHOULD do as an adult? Can I legitimately base my working somewhere on whether it makes me ‘happy’? Do adults do that???
Well, here’s the thing. And I know this now, but I didn’t know it at the time. What we do for work really, really matters because:
• We spend 5 out of 7 days a week working, therefore, we’re at work more than we’re at home.
• It consumes most of our mental space and most of our efforts are work related.
• It affects what we can afford to purchase, and finances are integral to our lives.
• It dictates where we live, what schools our kids go to, the type of house we can afford, etc.
• It dictates our schedules requiring we come and go on someone else’s terms.
+ many more areas of our lives.
FAST FORWARD A FEW MONTHS
At this point, I’m MISERABLE and barely want to get out of bed to go to work. My whole body ached, I was overweight from emotional eating, and I had a constant headache from all the stress. I had to get out of that job, so I started putting in applications.
Well, one day during my job search process, I was talking to a good friend (really an unofficial mentor; we’ve never said it in so many words, but that’s the nature of our relationship) and my friend told me about someone who worked as a digital nomad. This person had a course where she taught other people how to become digital nomads and I got my hands on it. I watched the course, followed all the steps, adjusted (because I didn’t want to be a digital nomad), and started applying to remote jobs. To my delight, I landed one!
- The pay was great, better per hour than the ‘dream job’ I was leaving.
- I could work from anywhere so long as I had my webcam and headset.
- It allowed me to create my schedule, and had available hours around the clock.
But best of all for me: I didn’t have to go anywhere. Or I could go everywhere, and it wouldn’t matter.
I guess it’s hard to keep a good thing a secret for too long, because after that, I started getting FB messages from many people asking about how I did it. My response was my first course, How to Find a Remote Job, and like they say, the rest is history
BUT I WANT TO FOCUS ON YOU NOW
I want you to know something VERY important, and I hope you believe me. You, too, can work remotely/work from home.
- You don’t have to be ‘special’.
- You don’t have to have a degree (but it certainly helps).
- You don’t have to have an expertise.
- You don’t have to be young.
- You don’t have to have a lot of money to get started.
You just need the proper tools, and that’s what I’m here to help you with securing.