In a Facebook conversation with Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter from Career Trend while talking about my husband’s decision to leave the caregiver role he had with his dad for the past 8 and a half years, I said “Sometimes you just have to make a move and trust.” Jacqui can relate. She and Captain Rob (her husband) moved from Kansas City to Texas to be able to follow their sailing passion. With a business such as Jacqui’s and mine, your physical location isn’t all that important any more since most of our clients are virtual anyway. Meeting with a client is just a phone call, Skype call, or WebEx meeting away. Communication is always national today and sometimes global.
Make hard decisions and trust it will work out
In our case, we aren’t moving to another state or even another house but my husband might as well have lived in another state for the small amount of time we had together in the last 8 1/2 years. Quality of life was missing and for us it is a critical component to our happiness. My experience with trying to keep the non-profit contracts going when I wasn’t happy with the demand on my time showed me that you have to make hard decisions sometimes and trust that it will work out. My choice to focus my energy on Design Resumes has definitely been the right decision.
I have been blessed with an incredible amount of wonderful clients who have helped me grow the business. Many of those wonderful clients have been directly responsible for sending me new clients who also fit the wonderful client description. Solidifying the technology to be able to replicate my in-office consultations was key. Now 70-plus % of my clients or more are virtual though I do see some Central Wisconsin clients in the office. Communicating with Skype and WebEx has made a huge difference.
Key to quality of life for many of my clients is integrity and because the market is changing and opportunities are growing, they are not willing to stay in roles that expect them to compromise their integrity or quality of life. Your work is important but it shouldn’t overtake your ability to have family time and personal down time.
If you are now in a role that doesn’t fit, maybe it is time to move on and trust.
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