This is my Coming out of the Blog Closet Post… a very rough draft describing my career path over the past eight years. I started this summary for my LinkedIn profile. In our house, we call this type of draft a “sloppy copy” :
The same year I became a licensed real estate agent, I became a partner in a small, family- owned medical device and manufacturing company. To say that I was slightly overwhelmed by the prospect and responsibility of managing two growing companies is an understatement. My children were under the age of ten, a not too-distant housing bust simmered, and a sluggish lending market for small businesses were just a few of the unforeseen challenges!
Not one to back down from a challenge, I leveraged the flexibility and (somewhat) seasonality of my real estate business while supporting and building a medical device company in much need of social marketing campaigns, project management, new distributor relationships and niche product lines.
Both positions require strong attention to detail in a deadline driven environment, flexibility, efficiency and a sense of humor. I have been blessed with amazing customers and clients, “who get it.”
On a whim, a dare or maybe the little voice in the back of my head, I started a blog, It began as an outlet to chronicle the struggles of juggling two jobs, the moving bits and pieces of a three active children and the constant angst of two parents who constantly juggle the daily management of “cash flow.” My blog became a virtual “dear diary,” chronicling our DIY projects and the decisions we routinely make as small business owners. Our objective: to do what it takes to support our kids’ academic needs, athletic interests and the health insurance costs as self-employed policy holders. And, of course, the stress of a monthly Small Business Association (SBA) payment that adjusted between $11,000 and $15,000 over the 10 year note. We have less than 3 years of payments.
And, a funny thing happened along the way: In late 2013, this little blog, my tiny corner of creativity, my therapy (taking place on a social media platform and not on a couch) started to gain national attention from a few (kind of) famous people and several national brands and companies. All of which had one thing in common: each found me and my writing style to be honest, creative and entertaining. For me, my blog is a great way to balance the contract driven demands of real estate and small business ownership. And, I love it! When you love what you do, you do what it takes! Only 30 SBA payments!!