Thursday, August 24, 2006

I'm Back in the Saddle Again

Last spring I decided to retire from the small business that a friend and I had started just over five years ago. In some ways it was a difficult decision. I liked the people I came in contact with, was passionate about the business (publishing, marketing books, etc.), and enjoyed being someone other than Mr. J and Miss C's mommy.

For the past several months I have worked at home as an independent contractor for a large office supply retailer. While customer service wasn't exactly my cup of tea, it did provide a paycheck to help pay for Miss C's braces. I set my own hours, so I was free to pursue other interests and I didn't have to wear pantyhose and heels every day :).

If you read my previous blog concerning "outsourcing" then you are already aware of the fact that as of Friday, I will no longer be working for that evil company who took American jobs overseas! Sorry, soap box moment there!

I have certified for another work at home job. This time as a customer service rep for a television retail store. While I have processed a few calls for them, I don't like the work. Not at all. But what can I do? I've committed to paying the orthodontist every month for the next year or so. Not to mention, we've become attached to the extra income.

So, where am I going with all this?

Well, my heart is in the world of publishing. I love books, love writing, love being passionate about something I believe in. Which is why this past weekend may have been an important turning point in my life.

I mentioned previously that I had attended a homeschool conference this last weekend. While I was there I saw many old friends, but one couple were REALLY glad to see me. The H's were watching and hoping I would be there. They had an offer for me....

An offer...

As their publishing house has grown, she writes- he illustrates, they are finding themselves with less time to create as they have been forced to put their energies toward marketing and research. In the very near future their books will be translated into a couple of new languages (they currently have literature in both English and Spanish), Focus on the Family (just yesterday) agreed to carry their work, and they are still wrapping up the finishing touches on a new series. Soooo they need help and they want me!

Huzzah!

I am so excited to be the Marketing Director for this publishing house. The possibilities are endless and the money isn't bad either. Of course there are all the other perks too: Working in a field that I know and love, setting my own hours, working from home, working with people I really care about, and adding a new job title to my resume!

HUZZAH!

I'm back in the saddle again
Out where a friend is a friend
Where the longhorn cattle feed
On the lowly gypsum weed
Back in the saddle again!

2 comments:

TJBrown said...

So happy for you:) I know you were at loose ends and I am glad this opportunity plopped into your lap:)
Teri

Mike Tycer said...

Very cool! Good for you!