After years of toiling away at not-my-dream-job, I finally started my own marketing and consulting business. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? But when you go independent, it doesn't necessarily mean you have a cool office with a big staff (or any staff). It probably means you're working out of your home with your cats as co-workers. Not that there's anything wrong with that!
For years, my husband has been telling me I could do this marketing thing on my own. I knew I could, but should I? Finally, I decided that yeah, I should and I will. It was a life-changing moment for me.
I've never been content to just work at a job. I worked the day job for the paycheck and did the things that fed my soul the rest of the time. I wrote books, created and taught workshops and classes, started and edited my own magazine, made websitesworked with a small theater troupe, volunteered at a cemetery, gave presentations ... and generally did the things I really wanted to do. Sometimes I got paid for them, sometimes not. But with everything I've done, I've learned something. Learned how to make it better or learned to move on.
As for the day job, it was just the paycheck I got out of it. It was an education. I learned to be a better writer. I learned marketing from the inside out. I learned the best (and the worst) ways to communicate. I learned how to listen to the audience instead of just doing what I thought was cool. For all of these things and more, I am grateful for the years I spent doing the job.
Now I'm ready for prime time. I'm using what I've learned, and I'm continuing to learn on my own. The great thing is that I'm doing it all on my own terms. One of the things I love most in the world is helping people. With Co•Mix, I'm able to do what I love while helping people succeed.
How cool is that?