Though I love working with children and enjoy every bit of being their nanny from newborn until they go on to “big school,” I’ve always had the desire to own a business.
Luckily, the way things are set up these days, all you need to start a side business is a good idea or skill, a laptop, and a wifi connection!
Working as a nanny has its pros and its cons.
One of the cons I’ve experienced quite a few times throughout my 10+ years of working in the childcare field is that there are no guarantees that you’ll have a full-time nanny job for more than 2-3 years.
I actually know a few people that worked with a family for over five years, but not everyone is that lucky.
Usually, after a year and a half or 2, the child enters preschool for a couple of days, at first, and then after a while, two days turn into five days.
Unless the child has a baby brother or sister you have to look after while they’re in school, the hours on that job cuts drastically causing you to work less, and maybe even scramble to find another job to supplement the income you’re used to.
I’ve had jobs where after six mths, I was told by the parents that they no longer need my services because they’ve decided to put the child in daycare and or school.
Those situations are tough because, like, how in the world am I going to pay my bills now?
To be in that situation is terrifying, and I wish it on no one!
Starting a Side Business
I read a lot about entrepreneurship, and I also listen to lots of podcast interviews with entrepreneurs who enjoy sharing their stories about how they’ve climbed the ladder into becoming a successful entrepreneur/business owner.
I’ve noticed that almost all of those entrepreneurs have one thing in common, and that’s having multiple streams of revenue.
By multiple streams of revenue, I mean some of them continued to work their full or part-time job but run an offline or online business on the side.
They all usually work very hard on their side gigs, until they see a consistent stream of revenue coming in each month, and then 99% of them usually quite their day jobs to pursue and work on their business.
I’m always amazed when I hear the stories of these beautiful, successful people; they are so inspiring!
Like those, entrepreneurs, I decided to do the same, and I now own a side business which is a Digital Marketing Agency. I’m sure some of you might have already known this.
How did I find the time to pursue this?
You know that 1- 3 hours of a break you get when the kids finally go down for a nap during the day? That lovely break all nannies look forward to every day?
Well, that’s the time I used to get my business started and running.
Super cool, right?
You see, there are so many things that you can do during that 1-3 hr break.
For me, I chose to start a business because I know and believe there’s no real guarantee with these nanny jobs. Your job can end on any given day, and there’s no non-employment compensation you can apply for, either.
Furthermore, I don’t see myself working as a nanny at the age of 55.
At 55, I should have full control of my schedule, enjoy spending time with my hubby & grandkids. Take vacations when I want to, and do whatever I want to because I’ve got assets, money in the bank, a fully paid off house of my own and all my bills paid on time, too! Lol.
I could go on and on…
But seriously, having a successful business will allow me the opportunity to have the incredible work-life balance I’ve dreamed of, as well as all the things I just mentioned a few sentences ago.
…And by the grace of God, I will achieve just that and more. 😀
After speaking with countless nannies, I know many of you share the same thoughts and feelings with regards to wanting to have the opportunity to set your own schedule, create the perfect work-life balance for yourself and your family, start a business, and so on.
Can you do this too?
Of course, you can!
Are you a risk taker? If the answer is yes, then here are some simple suggestions on a few things you can do to get the ball rolling.
…And all of this can be done while you’re on that famous nap-time break.
1. You can invest some time in reading books or blogs on how to start a business.
2. You can take a free online course to learn a new skill which can be used to start a business.
3. If you enjoy writing, you can start a blog which can then be turned into a business. N.B.: I can help you get a beautiful blog/website up and running in no time.
4. Are you into crafts? Well, you can bring your crafts materials to work, create some amazing things, take great photos of your crafts, and sell them online on www.etsy.com.
5. Or, if you’re truly passionate about some other skill you might already have, you can work on a mini business plan and find a way to turn it into something profitable by creating your own business!
Simply put, during your spare time, whether you’re at work or home, there are many things you can do to earn multiple streams of income.
You might ask, well why would I want to do that?
My answer: I totally get that entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. Some people are much more comfortable with being told what to do by an employer instead of being the boss and decision maker, especially for something as serious as a business.
However, you never know where the journey of life can take you.
Even if you choose not to own a real business, in the event mom-boss decides to fire you for whatever reason, It surely wouldn’t hurt as much if you’ve been diligent enough to secure other streams of income.
Trust me, in those type of situations, having extra money on the side will go a long way!
As for me? I got tired of the no guarantee type of jobs, and working and living paycheck to paycheck.
Living in NYC is expensive, and I just can’t be bothered with stress. So, in 5 months from now, my job as a nanny ends and I’ll be working full-time on my business.
Can you imagine how super excited I am about this! YAY!
Alright, I slightly digressed again! Lol.
How did I actually start the business?
During my spare time at work, I took a course, went crazy on it, kept on reading and learning as much as I can, did lots of research, wrote up a business plan, connected with a mentor, and started my business! Easy as 1, 2, 3…
For my particular business, though, I had to invest some money in it, but it doesn’t have to be the case for you.
Maybe I’ll write a post on the many businesses you can start without investing a whole lot of money or no money at all.
To date, I’m about eight months into my business, still working a full-time job as a nanny, and I have an extra stream of income coming in every month.
Oh, the business is thriving, and it’s a great feeling overall.
I enjoy working on my business, connecting with my clients, checking emails, making sure all tasks are up to date and or completed by my VA’s & contractors, etc.
When I’m not in the mood to work on my business, I read blogs/articles, (got to keep my mind and intellect up to par) watch Netflix or even take a quick nap when I feel completely overwhelmed and tired.
Either way, I enjoy those breaks because I have that little time for myself and my business.
It’s 2:30 pm on the 24th of February, 2016. The kids are down for a nap, and I want to sleep so bad right now! Lol. However, I’ve got a business to run, and a blog to maintain.
As you all know, my aim is to encourage and inspire you to strive for excellence, and to be the best you can be, whether that’s being a super nanny or an entrepreneur.
So, after a little back & forth with a couple of nannies on Twitter, I felt inspired to write on this topic.
I believe If this can work for me, it can also work for many of you, too.
You’ll never know until you give it a try, and I hope you do. 🙂
So friends, what do you do in your spare time while you’re at work? Are there any of you that have already started working on your own side business? I would love to hear all about it!