As you know, I began a traditional full time job this past week. Wow, it’s a big difference. And maybe most of that is in my head. But it definitely feels different to have a daily team I work with, a boss I must report too and not quite as much flexibility on my work hours. This is especially true since the company I am working for is in the financial industry so they really do work “bankers hours.” (Is that still a term?)
I knew it would be a lot to keep up with my existing stable of clients + take on this new work. But the thought of shutting down my now 14 1/2 year old business upset my stomach. I did cut lose a few newer clients as I knew I couldn’t give them what they deserved. And took a hit for it…
Keeping My Business Afloat
But I am excited to announce that Sea Cadet has decided to accept my offer to join my business on a part time basis to help me keep up. He will have a lot of learning to do, but it truly is a win-win. He will get to supplement his EMT income, have flexible hours and I will have trusted help without having to sort through a bunch of applicants.
For the first month, he will be a contract worker, 10ish hours per week. We agreed that at least 1/2 of his hours must be money making hours, billable hours and the other 1/2 will be administrative tasks and I will pay for some training time to get him up to speed. By doing it this way, his billable hours are paying for his training hours. I am so thrilled.
One of his tasks this months is to research setting himself up as an employee. I’ve never had an “employee” but have used contractors a lot. We both agree that this could be the start of a really great opportunity for us both.
Have you hired your child to work with you? Any words of guidance both financial and otherwise?
Hope is a digital marketing manager and foster/adoptive single mom to five kids. She has run her own consulting company for over 15 years and took a leap of faith returning to the corporate world in 2021 to a job and team she loves! Hope began sharing her journey with the BAD community in the Spring of 2015 and feels like she has finally mastered the balance between family first and wise financial decisions.