These past few months I have really been thinking hard about taking a super big jump professionally. A jump that in uncertain in so many ways. A leap away from a salaried position and becoming my own full time boss. I am terrified and yet oddly exhilarated thinking about it. Having been really unsatisfied with my day job it’s come up more and more.
I work full time in a salaried HR Manager role and have for 8+ years. Steady income is all I know. However…In the last 5 years I have run my own photography business in my spare time. It started as a passion that I wanted to share with others and has steadily grown into a full blown small business that has become a lot bigger than I ever intended and or could have envisioned. I am swamped on weekends and it’s slowly bled over into weeknights of shoots and of course the never ending post processing. I feel like I am at a crossroads where I need to make a decision. It’s either cut back on photography or make a leap of faith and work my butt off to make it happen.
As you can imagine my time with my husband and kiddo is affected by my work and even though I try VERY hard to work after bedtime and such, it’s still hard. Especially because I want to go to bed at 9 most night’s too!
It’s a decision we’ll make next year. With the baby #2 decision also out there as well, next year will prove to be life changing in some way or another. My husband and I are working hard to become debt free by next fall (except the house of course) and if we can do that this all seems much more do-able. With less monthly expenses we can make it though the lean months (winter) of my business by being smart about the busier times. Luckily I am a budget crazy gal. I should also mention my husband carries our AMAZING cheap insurance as he works at a hospital. Thank goodness for that.
I cannot imagine having the flexibility to pick Oz up from school everyday, or maybe have him in a part time pre-school program that allows me to work half days and then get to experience the stay at home mom things I watch scroll through my Facebook feed everyday. When real school starts, to be able to volunteer at his school which is a block away, priceless.
Have you ever thought about becoming your own boss? Have you done it? If not, what held you back?