In my crusade to become a work from home person, I have learned a valuable lesson today. Stop chasing squirrels and shiny objects! If you are ever going to get what you want, you don’t have time for those shenanigans. It has to stop!
I thought to myself that I needed to get more experience under my belt in order to get clients. This is not a bad idea, but my execution was off. Way off.
I took 6 hours to take a test for a well-known transcription company. You know the ones. You work like crazy and make less than minimum wage. I knew better, but I thought why not? I could always use more experience. What could it hurt?
I’ll Tell You What It Hurt
My time. Those were 6 hours of my life that I will never get back. I totally could have spent it taking a class to improve my skill set. Sigh. Live and learn.
Don’t get me wrong! If working for someone else is what you want to do, then, by all means, apply for these companies. I have read really good reviews about them. I just don’t particularly feel like I could make my living from one of them.
Then Why Did You Take It?
I signed up and took the test because I chased the squirrel. Squirrels and shiny objects are my weakness. It is something that I am working on as a person and as a business owner. There was a time where I would have taken it again and again and wasted all weekend instead of just 6 hours.
Progress is an amazing thing. I knew halfway through that it really wasn’t for me but I kept on anyway. Before anyone gets the idea that I’m just bitter, I want you to know that I passed all but 2 sections. I just can’t force myself to do something that I’m really not interested in.
Do I want to do transcription as a service? Yes! Do I want to do it on completely uninteresting subjects? No!
What I Should Have Done
I should have taken one of the classes that I paid for in the Work at Home School (WAHS). I signed up under the Committed Package, and it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I have already taken several of the classes, and have figured out what I want to be when I grow up, and how I want to get there.
There are a couple of the classes that are only the starter, first two modules of the class. Most of them are the full class. The starter classes are awesome because they come with your enrollment for WAHS. If you hate the class then you are not out a bunch of money for the class. If you decide you love it then you pay a little bit more to complete it. I am saving those courses for closer to the end. The plan is to be making enough by then so that I can complete them with money that I have made from the business that I have already set up using other classes from the school.
I know! Stinking brilliant right? Somedays I have awesome ideas and some days I chase squirrels. On other days shiny objects catch my eye and I can’t see anything else. I’m getting better, but I’m still not there.
Working For Yourself
One of the great things about working for yourself and owning your own business is that you can take on the clients that you have an interest in. You do not have to do things you hate. There will be times that you will decide that you don’t like to/don’t want to do something and you can either not accept that job or you can subcontract it out.
That is the beauty of doing what we do. We get to make the decisions as to what it is that we actually do on a daily basis. We can schedule our own hours. We can decide who to work with. We even get to decide where we work.
For More Information
I know the WAHS is closed for new enrollees right now. The website says that it will start accepting new enrollment in spring of 2018, so it should be soon. Check out workathomeschool.com to sign up and get notified when it opens.
I do have to say that it came about at a perfect time for me and I do not regret signing up at all. There are three levels of commitment so you can start at the lower end and work your way up if you need to.
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