How does it feel to jump from employee to entrepreneur?
When I closed the door of an early childhood workplace job behind me in January 2020 and took the step to be a full-time media entrepreneur, I couldn’t guess what a journey of insight would be like before me. The past year will be remembered for a pandemic that changed the whole world, but for myself, it has also been shaped by a year of courage, creativity, and humility. Over the past few months, I have learned to see both myself, my work the relevance of the monetary cause, a whole new light.
Last Christmas there was quite a whirlwind in my head. I had just made one of the biggest decisions of my life: I terminated my permanent employment as an early childhood education teacher. After the New Year, there would be only two weeks of paid work known, after which a whole new world would open up: employing myself as an entrepreneur. The monthly salary dropping into the account in the middle of the month would be a point of memory only, but for some reason, I was wonderfully fine, free, and independent. From now on, I would have full responsibility to take care of my family’s livelihood as a self-employed and equal parent through billable work!
“I had just made one of the biggest decisions of my life: I terminated my permanent employment as an early childhood education teacher.”
By the turn of February, the spring that had begun, I had already received two wonderful clients, which I billed for the content production work I did. In addition to customer work, my brand, Mommy District, employed more all the time, so there was sometimes enough work until the wee hours of the evening. However, interspersed with a busy mom entrepreneur every day felt that I am going to own a dream. I was billed for work that inspired and delighted me. Although I always felt that I was doing the most important job in the world in paid work in early childhood education, now I had a daily life on hand from which I could shape exactly what I wanted.
“There was an everyday hand from which I could shape exactly what I wanted.”
Then Korona struck. A pandemic that quickly turned the world on its head turned office work into telecommuting, reduced human contact, and created excitement and concern for the future – what would the new normal of the future look like? Very soon, the effects of the pandemic also began to show in the amount of self-billing, as physical events already planned in the Mother District came to a halt and companies cut their marketing budgets.
Although life all of us changed all of a sudden, it also had positive consequences. As spending fell, so did costs and more and more money was left in the buffer. Although the monthly salary previously paid to the account for paid work declined quite slightly, now I did not want to use the money earned by my work for any purpose and unnecessary. As a result of entrepreneurship and exceptional circumstances, money took on a whole new meaning. Never before had a bumper produced the same joy and peace!
“Steven Covey sums up success nicely:“ More important than success is being relevant. Relevance means helping others. ”“
My leap into entrepreneurship in one of the most exceptional years of recent decades may not have been optimally timed, but I would say that amid this prevailing time, one has found myself with a strength I would hardly have found otherwise. At the same time, it has become a question of oneself: what kind of work is most relevant to oneself? Can I grow my financial position through meaningful work? And most of all – Can I draw good for others from the work I do? Steven Covey sums up success nicely: “More important than success is being relevant. Relevance means helping others. ”
“When you are self-confident, you increase the courage to jump into the unknown for your well-being.”
Perhaps the scariest thing a person can do is take a step toward the unknown. With that feeling, I struggled myself that January afternoon as I stepped home from kindergarten. Now, as I look back on my nine-month journey as an entrepreneur, I am reminded of the great gratitude that I dared to trust my judgment of the work that was relevant to me and the result it earned. After all, the most important characteristic of an entrepreneur is self-confidence. When you are self-confident, you increase your courage to jump into the unknown for your well-being.