Every now and then it’s good to hear a story about someone succeeding in their stay-at-home business. I find that it helps to inspire both me, and my readers who are working to pursue similar paths, knowing that others are out there making it. It proves to them that with hard work and the right idea they can make it too.
The story I’m about to share belongs to a good friend of mine, named Cal. We’ve known each other for many years, and he recently moved into my neighborhood. Cal has been in the medical field for while now. He became a nurse about 6 years back, and was satisfied with job until he heard what I do. We were actually talking at a party that was thrown by a mutual friend, and he was intrigued when I mentioned that I worked from home for myself. Since then we’ve consistently talked about our business at least once a week.
I’ve coached him and even done some consulting for him as a favor, but the steps he took towards success were the same ones that we all take in securing a stay-at-home job. He first experienced a desire to work from home and committed to himself that he was going to do what it took to make that a reality. He then researched all of the available options that were viable for him. He loves the medical field, but working graveyard shifts as an RN for the local hospital’s emergency room made it very hard for him to spend time with his family after having kids.
Cal eventually found a website about medical billing from home and decided it was the perfect fit for him. Since he already had taken a number of medical related courses, it only took him a year to get the proper education and certificates. He then took a job for a short while at a chiropractor’s office doing billing. He gained the trust of his employer and after a while of working very efficiently, he was able to convince his chiropractor to let him telecommute from home. A month later, Cal registered an LLC and began talking to other small private practices in the area inquiring about their coding and billing needs. He offered to code for them from his home office. He began doing that on the side and when business was picking up, he spoke to his employer and let him know that he would be quitting, but that he would be happy to continue handling their billing as a contractor. Now he’s so swamped that he’s forced to turn work away, but he’s very financially secure.
He still works at least 8 hours a day, but he has the freedom to decide when those hours are. He doesn’t think twice about his job security, he can plan his own vacation days, and never has to worry about office politics. He spends his breaks and lunches with his family, and he can’t imagine ever working for someone else again. Sounds nice, right? Some of you are at that point. Others of you are working towards it. If being your own boss is your goal, but you are just starting out, research all of the home careers that interest you. Figure out what each entails. Then make a plan and work towards it each day. As Cal is happy that he figured out, not only is it possible, it’s very probable if you put in the required effort.