| Working a ‘normal’ job sucks
By normal I mean working for someone else, in an office environment or for a company like what I’m doing at the moment.
The way our family dynamics works like this; I’m in a position where I’m a part-time stay-a-at-home dad to Olivia and Robyn while still working three days a week at my ‘normal’ job. As many of you know there’s more to being a stay-at-home dad then meets the eye. It involves nursery runs three times a week, swimming lessons and stops your child from throwing themselves off something like some kind of lemming.
Rachel is then working full-time as well as everything else she does in between like growing our business, marking S.A.T papers once a year and anything that takes her fancy. She’s amazing!
Up until now being a stay-at-home dad has been enough for me but I’ve had a taste of what it’s like to earn my own money through the blog and through our other business. Going back to work fulltime in a ‘normal’ job similar to the one I use to have, in the sector I use to work in scares the life out me. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with working for someone else etc because up until now it’s all I’ve ever know and I’ve earned some good money through it. I’m just saying I don’t think it’s for me anymore. I would struggle massively to go back into that environment now having been away for three years.
I have discovered that blogging and social media work perfectly around all the other parental responsibilities I have, or it would fit if my ‘normal’ job didn’t get in the way. This immediately gives me so much more incentive to get the blog to a point where it’s a viable replacement for the hours that I work during the week now. This is one of my goals for 2018. For now, at least, the hours that I work is a short-term necessity and enables me to do what I really love doing which is writing, sharing content and interacting with people in the blogging community. Hopefully, during the course of this year, I will begin to make more of a steady monthly income from the blog which will enable to concentrate on it fulltime.
Let’s just say that I did want to go back full time. What would I actually do other than what I’ve done before? I’ve worked for the same company for 15 years ever since I left school. Over the course of my 15-year sentence, I have work in a variety of different jobs, at different pay levels and numerous different locations so it’s safe to say I’d be comfortable staying where I am. I know the job, I know the environment and I know people pretty much everywhere. But do I really want to? No, I couldn’t go back to that. I couldn’t go back to the uncertain hours, not knowing what shift I’d be working from one day to the next, the pressure of the job and must of all being told what to do. I’ve always questioned authority.’ I never did it because I wanted to be awkward, I just liked to explore different options that could maybe improve it.
As I mentioned earlier, this immediately gives me so much more incentive to either make the blog a viable replacement for the hours I work now build it up to a point where it’s earning even more than that or use the time I have left at home (which is around two years) to figure out what It is I want to do and what would make me the happiest. Which is by far the most important thing. My motivation for making sure this happens comes from my children. I never want them to grow up in a family were Dad is only there for a couple of hours in the evening and during the holiday. I always want to remain a content presence is my daughter’s lives.
From what I’ve learnt from blogging over the course of the last eight month, I can definitely see myself in a social media or PR based job. Since becoming heavily involved in social media over the past several months and paying closer attention to how things are marketed online I could even see myself working in a digital marking sector.
For now at least and with your help, I’ll continue hitting this blogging thing as hard as I can with the hope that it continues to grows into that I hope it will become in the not too distant future.