What We Say When People Ask Us How We Do It

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What We Say When People Ask Us How We Do It

By Jennifer Spears

People ask us all the time how we do it. How we support ourselves and our 5 children that are still at home, with our small business.  

We could take the time to explain that we had been dreaming of and planning for our escape from the rat race for years.  

We could explain how we had scrimped and saved, putting away enough money to buy the most precious thing ever…time. 

We could…but honestly, even though we did do those things, when it came right down to it, we had to decide that it was time.

Our leap of faith occurred only after we had had enough. We were tired of working in someone else’s machine. Existing only to make someone else money.

The timing had never seemed right before, but when we knew it was time…it was time.

Our youngest child surprised us by making her appearance right before we turned 40. 

We wanted the best for our family, not just for our kids, but for all of us. 

We realized that it was then or never.  

It was time to believe in ourselves…or forever wonder what might have been.

How We Do It?

Have you ever seen Steve Harvey’s “Jump” video?

It’s amazing. The first time we saw it was just a couple of weeks before my husband was planning on giving his two week notice. 

It spoke to us…and we jumped.

Now I will tell you…that first step is a doozy! Our parachute didn’t catch for awhile…but eventually things started to happen. 

As we became more relaxed and rested, our creativity increased…leading to new ideas and products for our business. 

Many of the things that we are selling right now were not even a concept before we jumped.

So what are people really asking us when they ask us how we do it?

Do they want to know how we pay our bills?

Well, we sell homemade and hand painted items at craft fairs and on the internet.

Check out our Etsy store!

Or are people asking how we dare live without the security of full-time employment while still having young children at home?

My answer to that?

Well, we do it day by day, problem by problem…and things just work out.

And here is the thing…there is nothing special about us. There is no secret, magic formula that we have used to gain our freedom from the machine. 

Sure, we’ve learned some things along the way, and we try to share them whenever we can (this blog). But we are just regular people, who started to believe in ourselves, and in the possibilities of what could be.

Whatever your skills or passions are…your hobbies…I’m telling you…you can turn them into a business.

Don’t say you can’t. 

We live in a new world. There are more possibilities for small businesses now than ever.

Job security?

There is no such thing…and you know it. No one is secure unless they can make their own choices…to branch out or try out new ideas.

If your income source cannot evolve as your family and life evolves…you are existing in someone else’s machine, and someone else can change the rules at any moment.

Your boss is going to look out for you?

I call B.S.

Your boss…if they have a boss…got to where they are by looking out for one person, and one person only…themselves.

And think about this. Most jobs these days include a salary range/pay grade.

I’ve never been able to grasp how that is okay with people. You are told, when you are hired, exactly how much you will make…forever. Regardless of how hard you work, or how dedicated or committed you are to your job…your employer has already decided that you will never be worth more than that set amount. 

How depressing!

Don’t get me wrong…money isn’t everything, and we pride ourselves on being as frugal as possible. But who wants to be told that they will never increase in value!

Our income possibilities are endless. We have new ideas everyday…and no one is here to tell us that they are not good ideas…or worse, steal our ideas and take credit themselves.

And even with our income outlook being so great, that is not even the greatest thing that we have gained. 

We have gained time…to spend with our kids, our families and each other. 

We have gained freedom…and that is something that once you’ve experienced it…you quickly become addicted, and can no longer even fathom the thought of working in someone else’s machine…ever again!

So here’s to a lifetime of self-employment…we can’t wait to see where this takes us!

We’d love to hear how small business has changed your life. Leave us a comment!

Below are links to two of our favorite books. Both helped us change the way we thought about money and our business. Please check them out…they’ll change your life!

Your Money or Your Life

The $100 Start Up

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1 thought on “What We Say When People Ask Us How We Do It”

  1. “Most jobs these days include a salary range/pay grade.

    I’ve never been able to grasp how that is okay with people. You are told, when you are hired, exactly how much you will make…forever. Regardless of how hard you work, or how dedicated or committed you are to your job…your employer has already decided that you will never be worth more than that set amount. ”

    Yep, my co-worker and I were just discussing this concept two days ago. I am currently a state employee, and we were wondering where is the incentive to grow, learn, and improve professionally in a position that will not recognize your strengths and contributions beyond the annual job assessment – where you are simply classified as “meets expectation, exceeds expectations, or needs improvement”. Sure, there are consequences for poor performance, but little reward for exceptional performance. (So, I am self-motivated and will continue to develop myself regardless of external rewards, but I imagine if I stay in my position too long, I will end up feeling unappreciated, restless, etc.)
    OK, done with rant. You raise very good points in this post.

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