I've blogged here before about wanting to give up my day job, about how I'd much rather be home with Little Boo. Well, my day job is becoming increasingly stressful and bringing me a lot of angst and generally making me unhappy. Even aside from the Little Boo issue.
So, I've decided to take a small first step to moving away from office work. I've taken on two new business projects in an effort to create alternatives to my monthly paycheque. With any luck, if things start to take off, maybe we can see our way clear to my eventual resignation.
Or maybe I can at least hire a cleaning lady and afford online grocery shopping to free up some mental health and family time. Or pay for my Blissdom Canada registration ...
Nothing too earth shattering. I've decided to sell for two companies whose products I have used and loved for years - Avon and Pampered Chef. I am "my own boss" in both instances, as they like to say. So I can do as little or as much with it as I'd like. I figure I can start out slow-ish and build up. I spent a good few years in retail sales, and I love to talk and to meet people, so I think I can swing this.
My first Avon order went in tonight. Exciting! The products will arrive later this week and I will have my first experience of the sorting and invoicing and collecting. We'll see how it goes. I am having a lot of fun reading and learning and browsing through the samples I can order. It's like Christmas!
Pampered Chef officially starts next month. I have two shows booked already, and my "one-up" is encouraging me to try for 2 more in my first 30 days to get my momentum going.
I'm excited to be trying something different. I've talked about becoming a PC consultant for years, so I think it is definitely time to give it a shot. It feels good to be making a move and attempting to create positive change for me and for my family. I'm planning to set up a new blog (or two) for these businesses, and will create Twitter profiles as well. I mean, I am addicted to social media after all.
Wish me luck. And if you're interested in browsing an Avon brochure or hosting or attending a Pampered Chef show, by all means let me know. That would be totally great. And fun!