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I took a full-time job – well, kinda…

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on

Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a copywriting partner to designers, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

Since we last chatted, I said “yes” to something unusual.

My former boss, who is a great friend, asked me to help her bridge a gap in her marketing department for 4-6 weeks. She offered me an appealing hourly wage, and wanted me on-site 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. My gut reaction was no way! I’ve done everything I could in the past 6 years to stay out of corporate-land, and I didn’t want to get dragged back in.

But after careful consideration, analysis and negotiation of time and money (all of which I’ll explain in detail soon) – I decided I could fit (a modified version) in, and still run my business.

Two weeks in: There are definitely positives! The money. The friendly people. The Keurig machine. Learning new things. Getting to see my friend every day. 

What’s not so great? The contrast between this kind of work and my current work is astounding. Somebody else is running this ship. The big choices are not up to me.

Yes, there is part of me that knows how to handle this hectic pace and satisfy these requirements handed down by others. After all, I did it for many years. There’s even a tiny part of me that’s comforted by it.

Mostly, I just feel so grateful. I’m grateful to have this opportunity, and the freedom to take it or not. I’m grateful that I started my own business doing something I truly love. I’m grateful for all of my wonderful clients, and to my awesomely intelligent and supportive colleagues. And of course, to Ilise, who has been an amazing mentor at all stages of my journey, even this one. 

My plan? I’m going to enjoy this assignment, learn what I can, meet who I can, and earn extra money to help me reach my yearly goal. But today, my motivation to continue on my path is stronger than ever.

*Coffee machine, courtesy, Shutterstock.

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