Writer here!Last year at this time, I left my long time job coordinating college students in community service. This year has been CRAZY. I have no health insurance, my finances tanked while I straightened out my gig and... I couldn't be happier. I love working from home.
I am basically a consultant now for schools. I work in organizational development, primarily through the process of grant writing. I have a sizable contract with my daughters' school. We raised $378,000 last year. Not too shabby for a little public school.
When I left my job last year, I thought I had two school lined up to work with as a contractor. School #2 did not gel. Weird politics happened just after I gave notice at the university. Gah! I kept at it though and am happier than ever. I feel empowered and full of vim and vigor. AND I am writing again, a long forgotten dream that I now realize. With the missing half of my income, I have been looking to diversify my professional activities. I found parts of my consulting gig to be very positive and others not so much. I just re-negotiated my contract with the school and I feel much better at it.
As a consultant, things are much less clear than in a staff job. I had to learn a lot this year about what I love to do and what I would rather not do.
So.. I'm branching into more article writing and pitching some shows and whatnot. It's exciting.
My husband and I just talked about how long ago we made some sort of decision that his earning potential was vaster than mine. I went to work to get the steady income while he pursued his dream. He's still working on it
(he's a writer also) and now that I'm not in a dead end job anymore, suddenly I feel my own potential increase. It's very exciting. I just mention that here cause we really had to take a step back on this topic and realize that we had been holding me back in my career choices. I don't need to wait for him to "arrive" anymore. Yay!
Anyway... my pulpit du jour is this- we all have skills that can be valuable to another person. It's all about finding your specialty. What do you love to do that others don't always love? It doesn't have to be huge to consult. People can use all kinds of services and insights. For example- Myspace consulting could be a great match for many people. I just realized that I don't know how to take advantage of that site well and would pay someone to help me understand how to leverage it.