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Keeping My Business – Got Help

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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…

I did refund them for all work performed up to this point. But they were rightfully upset.

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.

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Have you hired your child to work with you? Any words of guidance both financial and otherwise?

Winter Entertainment – At Home Alone Edition

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I have always loved the winter months – the early darkness, the cozy quiet evenings. When the kids were younger and less busy, we would spend evenings watching family movies, play board games and put together puzzles.

Over the last year, I picked up a couple of puzzles in preparation for this winter. But with the kids working and occupied with their own lives, the winter nights are a lot different now. Most nights, it’s just me.

I’ve been working on finding some new things to do. I love to read and have plenty of self help and business related books. But let’s face it, that can get old. Our local library’s availability has been iffy with COVID, shutting down for weeks at a time whenever there is exposure.

And then I found this…a coloring book for introverts! I already have a slew of markers and colored pencils. So today, I start my color book.

Side Hustles for My Son

Sea Cadet visited me yesterday to do some laundry and he asked about making soap and other DIY projects I/we’ve done over the years. He’s interested in finding a side hustle of his own to supplement his EMT job income. We talked about alot of options. I did discourage soap making as a money making idea based on the math. But it was exciting to hear him interested and open to doing his own thing.

It’s sad to me that if he wants to continue down this career path, he will most likely always have to have another job and income stream. Not sad that he wants one, but more sad that the pay rate for EMTs is so low that he will need one.

Do any of your kids have side hustles that they enjoy and help make them some money? I’d love to hear more about your experiences.