Me as well as my wife were working few years ago in a charter school that is operating from the typical 8 to 5 and we need to be there half an hour before and after. Spending 10-hour on your job is more than enough to make it less exciting and stressful while adding hefty take-home assignments, obstinate teens as well as administrator politics. I probably have been dealing with ulcer this time if I am not prepared with my camping coffee pot.
This is actually the reason why after I was laid off from my job, it has made me celebrate more than mourn. The truth is, my wife followed my footsteps several months later and turned her resignation letter. Once we’re free from this near cruel act of 50-hour work week, we realized how big of our lives that have been sapped away. There were people and close friends who we had not spent time with for years, despite knowing that we’re just on the same part of town.
We have made a decision to start our own business which will give us freedom to spend time the way we want, take vacations, spend time with friends, use our camping coffee pot once again and so on. From this very moment, that’s when we began to brainstorm for new business ideas.
There’s a significant difference when you are working for yourself and for someone else which is the fact that if it’s you’re working for yourself, you’ve got to work twice as hard. If you’re just starting out in your business, you will feel the gravity of challenges you have to face. The first few months we are doing the business, our workdays are even stretched to 12-hours a day and at times, it goes beyond it. Fortunately, we had our ever reliable camping coffee pot to give us an energy boost on times our body is almost giving up. When we’re not working at the shop, we’re glued to our computers trying to schedule class, reach to vendors and spread the word out on our social media accounts.
Not before long, we realized that we’d gone 3 years almost without taking a vacation. Back then, we used to take road trips every year but these days, we consider ourselves lucky to drive a couple of hours to visit our family. Believe it or not, we were camping enthusiasts who have access to high-tech camp stoves and camping coffee pot. Work expands in filling the gaps in available time and because we hadn’t put up boundaries, it’s exactly what has happened. That is exactly when we made actions to rectify it while we are using camping coffee pot.