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My Big Career Transition

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Self-Employment

by Jen Creer  |  5627 views  |  4 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Fast forward two more years, and I have been self-employed, successfully (knock on wood) for two full years. I have a string of steady clients, and enjoy great flexibility in my work schedule. I pick up my kids from school every day. I run three-to-five miles a day. I work in my local coffee shop on my laptop. And I still hire someone to clean my house. It is a privilege and a blessing.

It occurs to me that I have undergone a complete transformation from the woman who was overwhelmed with three small children, who didn’t have anybody to talk to about books. I never would have predicted, ten years ago, that not only would I be the primary breadwinner for myself and the children, but also that I would own my own business…successfully. Combining a career with parenthood is difficult under the best of circumstances. But I am here to tell you that it is possible to create a career out of the seed of an idea that you harbor and nurture while you work, sometimes at jobs you hate, planning for the time when you can start your dream career. You can find health insurance, an accountant, a website designer, a logo designer, and clients. I think you just have to be desperate enough and foolish enough and brave enough to do it.

About the Author

Jen Creer is a medical editor who has successfully run her own company, Edit Rx, LLC, for more than two years.

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4 comments so far...

  • Blessed by adversity! Wonderful!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Heather Cook (Writeonmama) on 3rd September 2007

  • Your story is inspirational and full of wonder! Thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Daisy on 24th August 2007

  • Wow! How brave and amazing!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Linda on 18th August 2007

  • You are an inspiration! I'm turning in my notice this very minute!
    Well, maybe not...but I am going to reawaken my dream of working at home writing and editing health-related materials.
    Thank you for sharing your story!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by jps on 15th June 2007