I’ve written about it frequently. The ‘it’ being how everything has been falling into place in the past year for both Brenda and I as we complete our third quarter transition. I guess it’s a lot easier for us to see now that we’ve basically finished the switch from where we were to where we are now. It was actually the topic of conversation the past couple of weeks at home.
A lot of the good parts to what we have been doing since becoming work-from-home entrepreneurs have become obvious to us recently. As much as I enjoy the weekends where we go out of town to vend Brenda’s JamBusters! products and Watkins at the Oliver Indoor Flea Market, I know it’s still work for her to get inventory together for those trips.
But she has also indicated how much she enjoys the new weekend routine that we have fit into our lives. It really has become a very important part of our midlife career change. In fact, in the past month we have taken it a step further and started to advertise the vending business in a weekly newspaper in the region. We’ve also joined the Oliver Tourism Association.
What was so attractive to us in picking up a membership in that organization was that it gave us access to rack card promotions – for an additional fee. It didn’t take much convincing for either of us to see how that would be beneficial to our weekend vending trips. So, in a way, we are starting to find the right fit for what we are doing with one of our work-from-home ventures.
As for my ghostwriting business, things have picked up once again and I find myself getting better and better at managing my time. When we had the newspaper it was essential to keep on top of deadlines. If anything, the weekly deadline schedule helped to keep me on track. I’ve basically carried that into my freelance work only I now have daily deadlines.
However, since I have adjusted my work pace, I have found the right fit and now work only five days a week writing. With few exceptions, I take weekends off so I can focus on the vending part of our lives. Plus, as odd as it may seem, I view the vending as days off that are fun and enjoyable with lots of interaction with others. Bren says she feels the same way, too.
Why has it taken this long to realize that we have finally found the right fit in our lives with the midlife career changes we made? I don’t really know how to answer that. I think it just happened and now that we are comfortable in the place we are in our lives, we can finally see that what we did has started to bear fruit. All I know is that where we are now, is feeling pretty good to me.
My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.