What A Difference A Week Makes!

In our last blog update, read it here, I discussed that two weeks into our new business venture we hadn’t had a single job come our way which was a little disappointing. I also discussed how I have been working a side gig job to try and see if it was a viable way to earn some cash while building some business relationships. This past week everything changed.

After spending time going business to business, meeting people and handing out business cards I decided to do a cold call of a large agency. The response I received was the usual “we will have someone contact you about getting your business set up in our system” which I agreed to but didn’t think much about. About two hours later my phone rang and it was an associate calling to take down my business information. Again, I didn’t think much about it because I’ve already been down this road many times in the last two weeks. But this time, as we grew close to ending our conversation, the associate stopped and asked “do you want your first assignment right now?” My stomach sank and I paused because I couldn’t believe what just happened and I didn’t know if I was ready to answer yes at that very moment. So in a complete haze I answered “sure”. Continue reading “What A Difference A Week Makes!”

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Two Weeks In……………………

I never thought for a minute that this transition would be easy. I also didn’t think it would be this hard.

Here I am, two full weeks into my new business and I have yet to land a job. Now, I wasn’t naive to the point that I thought a sudden avalanche of business would just magically flow my way from the day I opened the doors. However, I did think that within two weeks I would have landed at least one job. Not a big job, but something small to at least get me moving in the right direction. But so far, zero, zip, nada! Continue reading “Two Weeks In……………………”

September 2019 Financial Update

September was a month of change and closure. Once the month ended so too did the third quarter of the year, along with my full time employment in the corporate world. I’m not sad to see either one of them go.

As we start a new month and a new quarter I am also officially self employed. That has a great ring to it, and it makes me proud to be able to say it. However, saying it and doing it are two separate things and it didn’t take long for this new reality to set in. Continue reading “September 2019 Financial Update”

A Fresh Start

That’s it! For the first time in my professional life I am not employed by someone or relying on an employer for a paycheck. I don’t know that it has fully hit home yet as my last week of work was a whirlwind that ended with an awesome gathering with my now former co-workers. I wasn’t expecting anything except the usual goodbyes and good luck that comes with being in management. What I got was a full blown celebration that lasted the whole day and continued after hours and late into the night at an offsite location. It was a very humbling experience that I am still in shock over.

My new venture is off the ground and I’m officially open for business. I’m still working on my final certification and should have that wrapped up in the next day or two. The next step is to make sure all of my lose ends are tied so I can spend some time getting out and networking with other businesses. I’ve never been in the position of having to network and hustle for business. The old adage of “fake it until you make it” keeps coming to mind as I will have to portray confidence in doing something that I really don’t have any experience doing. I think my years in the business world will help me with this process, but I can’t help but feel a little nervous about the thought of walking into businesses and trying to connect with folks.

On the financial side I’ve been thinking a lot about how this change will impact our Financial Independence journey. I was fortunate enough to have a good amount of accrued vacation that was cashed out so I am essentially being paid for the next month. After that my goal will be to make the equivalent of my take home pay each week. At first I was hoping to cover my whole salary, but I think that would be a tall task this early in the process. Also, with the benefit of small business tax write offs we will probably be able to keep more of what we earn which lowers the bar to breaking even. Once we start getting some steady business and income then I will look into starting a SEP IRA or 401k to increase our savings and lower our taxable income further. This is the part I’m really excited to learn more about and put into place. I think it will be a huge boost to our savings and it will also keep the government’s greedy hands off more of our hard earned cash.

With my new found freedom I am hoping to also have more time with family and for activities like writing this blog. One of the perks of making your own schedule is that we will be able to get out in our RV earlier on travel days which will save us time and money since we won’t have to idle in hours of traffic getting to our destination. I will also be able to post blogs when I want to instead of always waiting for the weekend as I have had to do the last few months.

These are exciting times and we look forward to sharing them here. If you have any feedback or suggestions please leave them in the comments below. I would especially like to hear from those of you that are self employed and what you are doing to maximize savings and minimize your taxable income.

Thank you as always for taking time to read our blog. Next up is our September financial update, stay tuned.

Joe

Countdown To Freedom

As I head into my last week of work before setting out on my own I have to admit that I am nervous as hell. There is a lot to get done this week and it’s not easy to focus when I still have to go into an office every day and put in twelve hours. On top of all this I have another certification to get so I can make sure to reach my full earnings potential.

A couple of good things that have come up in the past week. First, after doing some market research I realized that my initial pricing was too low so I’m giving myself a raise before I even get started. Another good thing that happened is that I made an agreement with a local business to refer people to me. It doesn’t cost me anything and they will keep some of my business cards on their countertop. In turn they have someone that can service their clients when needed. Continue reading “Countdown To Freedom”

10,000 Views

We reached a nice milestone today by getting to 10,000 views.

When we started this blog just under five months ago I didn’t think we would get a thousand views in a year let alone ten thousand in less than five months.

Thank you to everyone that takes time out of their day to read our blog and follow our journey. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Joe

I Quit!

As readers of this blog are already aware of, I can’t stand my job. Well, rather than complain and be miserable every day it was time to do something about it. Or as my dad would so elegantly say “either shit or get off the pot.” Continue reading “I Quit!”

August 2019 Financial Update

Is anyone else happy the month of August is over? I for one am happy to be moving into another month as August was a roller coaster both professionally and financially.

I started off the month by committing to moving on in my career. This required me to make plans to take a state exam so I could get a certification. It also required me to have a difficult discussion with my employer. I am excited to report that not only did I pass my exam, I aced it! Ok, I missed one question, but I got a much better score than I ever thought I would. As for my current employment status, it has been more of the same. The good news is that every time I start second guessing my decision to move on and go in my own direction something happens at work to remind me that I am making the right decision. Continue reading “August 2019 Financial Update”

Life Update

School is about to begin. This will be the final year of school for our son. It is a day we spent years thinking about and it’s a surreal moment as well as a milestone of sorts. Even more surreal is the fact that he has begun applying for admittance at colleges. But in reality, only one College matters to him. The others are back up plans that he has no intention of pursuing unless absolutely necessary.

While we prepare ourselves for this next year we are also trying to prepare and plan for the next steps after this school year. Over the past few years we have downsized our lives in many ways, like selling our 3000+ square foot home and moving into a small townhouse. However, we have also taken on a lot of extras in place of what we have given up. Some of these decisions, like purchasing a large and costly new RV, have been expensive up front but were done with an eye to the future. Other decisions have been made in the moment which isn’t usually the best way to make sound financial decisions. We are prime examples of impulse buyers and that has cost us quite a bit of money. One thing is for sure, we need to find a way to further cut back our monthly expenses and increase our savings rate which is currently topped out at 22%. Continue reading “Life Update”

July 2019 Financial Update

Greetings everyone!

We have closed the book on another month and it’s time to take a look back and see how we performed in July.

Personally, July was a wonderful month. We had a blast on our trip, with the exception of a minor problem with our RV. If you have not visited Yellowstone National Park I highly encourage you to put it on your bucket list. It is one of the most pristine and beautiful places on earth to visit and you will no doubt enjoy your time there. Continue reading “July 2019 Financial Update”