Business Ventures of a Business Gypsy
When you are a Business Gypsy, working in one professional field just doesn’t cut it…especially in this economy. With gas prices being so high, the cost of food going up, and the rate of pay staying the same, it is hard to exist in this “material-based” society…especially when this society expects you to have the biggest and best of everything…biggest house…nicest car…hottest clothes…its never ends.
Many people are not cut out for having multiple professions. I on the other hand thrive on it. I am a natural-born business owner. Recently, I spoke with my grandmother and she said that in a small town in Canada, most of the shops were owned by many of her relatives. Most of Main Street was owned by my family. My mother also owned her own store and was successful for over 25 years (visit my blog post, Wonder Woman…to a Business Gypsy, to read more about my mother and her influence on my Business Gypsy ways!).
There are many pro’s and con’s to being a Business Gypsy and having to juggle multiple professions:
Freedom to Work Anywhere
Constantly Learning New Information and Ideas
Meeting and Working with New People in the Community
Different Sources of Money Flow
Every Day is Different!
Meditation and Relaxation is Easier to Acquire on Breaks
Less Gas Used
Working 10 Hour Days
Being Double Booked for Different Clients
Relying on Clients to Respect Contract and Invoice Dates
Upstart Marketing Costs
Hard to Keep Self Morale Up
Working by Yourself Most Days
Difficulty Juggling Multiple Projects for Multiple Clients
The list is basically even regarding the Pro’s and Con’s but I feel that working independently has improved my confidence and self-worth.
I started working at the age of 15 years old, being a bus girl at a restaurant in my home town. I was always taught that if you work hard at your job and always have a smiling face, you will be rewarded in either promotions or raises or vacation days. So since the age of 15, I have believed that with hard work comes reward. I worked hard, in the corporate mainstream for 10 years. I would get a job, work my hardest and always smile. I would even take on extra projects that weren’t in my job description to show that I was serious about the position and that I could do anything that was thrown at me! But for some reason, I would only make it to the 1 year mark. This did not stop me. For 10 years, I searched for jobs, got the job, would work my hardest at the job, and then at the year mark, get let go.
I felt cheated. You feel as though you are giving your all and then the rug is swept out from underneath of you….and after 10 years of having someone make you fall on your ass…you kind of get sick of it.
And I did get sick of it. That is why I decided to take matters into my own hands….taking on multiple ventures as a Business Gypsy. Presently I work independently for 3 different businesses, 2 that are my own. I don’t feel cheated anymore and I feel fulfilled with what I am accomplishing…. and for the first time in 10 years, my job has actually helped me feel alive.
Can your job do that for you?