How I Ditched the 9-to-5 (and How You Can Too!)

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That black furry creature is my assistant.

You may have heard by now that I’m a W.A.H.M. (That stands for Work-At-Home-Mom.) The story of how I became one is so revealing of God’s grace¬†that I couldn’t wait to share it.

Why has it taken me so long, you ask? Well, it’s pretty hard to find time to blog these days. Thankfully, I have a very patient and wonderful mama who is willing to hold my recently-fussed-herself-to-sleep-ing baby so I can write this. ūüôā I only hope to be half the mother she is for my little Indie.

Anyway, back to how I ditched my 9-to-5.

Perhaps I should start from the very beginning.

I graduated from UNCC with my M.A. in English in 2009. Tried teaching for one semester and hated it. Fearing I’d be stuck in the food-and-beverage industry as a server making $2.13 an hour + tips for the rest of my life, I scoured the Internet night and day looking for¬†any opportunity that found an English degree and no relevant work experience even remotely useful. Long story short, I was hired as a content writer for a small company that sold air and water filters online.

Because I had no experience, I was hired at a measly $10 an hour + benefits, along with the opportunity to learn and grow as I worked. I knew nothing about Ecommerce retail or what makes online content shareable, but I did know how to write and I had the motivation to learn, so that I did.

For about a year.

Then I found this not-so-wonderful work-from-home job with a small full-service writing agency called Grammar Chic.

The reason it was not-so-wonderful is because it didn’t last very long. Within 2 months I was fired. I suppose I deserved it, and I’m pretty sure the owners will forever hate my guts, but I learned a lot from the experience, and I believe now that being let go was¬†one of the best things to¬†have ever happened to me. Thanks to owners, Amanda and Kevin Clark, I learned how to write a killer resume that got me hired four days later as a contract copywriter for Belk.com’s¬†E-commerce department.

I worked at Belk for nearly 3 years. I impressed them enough in my first 4 months to get promoted to full-time status. Right around my 2-year work anniversary, I found out I was pregnant and suffered a miscarriage at 9 weeks. During that time, I also went through a very rigorous interview process for a lead/management position on my team. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), it wasn’t the right time for me, and I wasn’t promoted. I had grown to really hate¬†my job anyway, and my manager at the time ended up getting fired. The person who replaced her, though, was awesome. She hired a new manager¬†for my team that turned out to be a great leader.¬†So great, in fact, that I wrote a whole other blog post about him.

Shortly after he was hired, I got pregnant again. The first time I had gotten pregnant (before the miscarriage), I started scrambling desperately to look for work-from-home jobs that I could do once the baby was born. I really didn’t like the thought of having to go back to work. This time around, I decided I’d try praying instead of scrambling. That worked out a whole lot better for me.

For 9 months, almost every morning I’d get in my car to drive to work and I’d pray for nearly an hour that God would prepare us financially, physically and emotionally for the tasks at hand. (The tasks being home birth and parenthood.) I prayed mostly for financial provision, as that’s always been my biggest source of worry. I asked God¬†to provide us with exactly what we needed and I made a conscious decision to trust that He would. I also prayed very specifically for Him to allow me an opportunity to work from home once the baby was born (if it was at all possible and fit into his plan for my life).

About two months before it was time for me to go on maternity leave, my supervisor put in his 2-week notice. He encouraged me to apply for his job, stating that he had seen a huge amount of personal and professional growth in me over the past 7 months. I applied and got an offer for 26% over my current salary plus a leadership bonus for all of my hard work. It seemed like an answer to prayer, so I took the promotion. A few weeks after that, Indie was born.

By that time, I had accepted my promotion as a sign that God wanted me to stay at Belk. Still, though, there was a small¬†part of me that continued to hope and pray for some sort of work-at-home opportunity, though I wasn’t actively looking for anything. Three weeks into my maternity leave, I was approached by Tony, the VP of sales, for a brand new direct selling company called Viridia about an open marketing position. After a few talks over the phone with Tony and Richard (the¬†CEO), I was offered a job¬†as the Marketing Manager with the freedom to work remotely.

There you have it. That’s how I ditched my 9-to-5. God answered¬†my prayers, and it’s crazy how He did it in his own time. ¬†I didn’t get a formal offer from Viridia until less than a week before I was supposed to return to work.¬†He knows how impatient I can be and that making me wait would help mold me into the¬†*slightly* more patient person that I am today ‚ÄĒ and that my baby¬†needs me to be.

I pretty much work around the clock now. Having a baby and working from home means you can’t confine yourself to the strict schedule adhered to in Corporate America. The great thing is, as long as the job gets done, everyone’s happy. I’ve always been of the mindset that you should work smarter, not harder, so with me, the job always gets done.

Update: I was laid off from Viridia after only 4 months, because the company was not financially stable enough to keep its salaried corporate employees. I’m still a work-at-home-mom though. The perfect opportunity to own my own business with Younique fell right into my lap just before I lost my job. You can read more about my decision to join Younique here.

You may be wondering what all of this has to do with you and how you can escape the 9-to-5 monotony, too.

The great thing about the network marketing¬†industry is that you can still work from home and have the freedom and flexibility to design your schedule and spend time with family. You get paid to use and share amazing products and teach other people to do the same. It’s pretty awesome. In fact, most of the women who earn over 6 figures today are doing it through network marketing.

There are a lot of great companies out there.¬†Whatever company you choose, I highly recommend looking into network marketing as a means to escape your 9-to-5 and start living your dreams. And, of course, I’m here if you have questions or want to chat!

In the meantime, check out¬†part 2 of this post: Why I Ditched the 9 to 5 (And Why You Should Too)…

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