Over the past several weeks I’ve been sharing with you my journey from confused wanna be work at home mom to successful savvy business lady (at least..that is what I try to be, haha) Here is the “ending” of that tale.
It didn’t take me long to realize that although I loved my scrap-for-hire business, it would never provide the additional income I’d been hoping for. Jobs would come in sporadically, giving me little chunks of change, which would in turn get eaten up in the coming months by website hosting fees and other business expenses. Many jobs instead of getting money I bartered for the other person’s goods. I’ve worked for tutus and for Avon products. I found myself spending more and more time teaching people how to digitally scrap for themselves than I did doing jobs for paying clients. Through this entire process I learned one extremely, wonderfully awesome lesson though. And that lesson is the high value of networking! In looking for advertisement for my business I ran across a group of talented, successful, incredibly wonderful women that I became good friends with via Facebook. I got invested in their lives and businesses and tried to support them just because I learned so much just being around them and reading their blogs/articles/viewing their webinars/etc. When one of these ladies approached me with the prospect of an administrative assistant job for her company I jumped up and down for joy! My college degree is in Office Information Systems and I was so thrilled that God orchestrated the steps that placed me into a job that I had the skills, training, and experience for. Looking back I can see how I needed to go through each step of the way in order to get where I am now. If my “failures” in direct sales and owning a small business hadn’t happened I would have never ended up with the position I have now!
So get out there, dive in, and see what God has for you! He will probably lead you through several things in order to prepare you for what He ultimately has waiting so don’t get discouraged as you struggle to find your way! Virtually all successful people have plenty of stories of failure before they ever found what they were meant to be doing! Find and surround yourself with successful and wise friends who can inspire you and help you along your way. Don’t do it just expecting to see what you can get out of the relationship. Like any relationship you need to be willing to contribute them and help as well!
Along these lines I want to leave you with Proverbs 15:22 (NIV):
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
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