- 4 years ago
- Wedding: January 2013
Okay Bees, I need some help.
Quick recap, my job as a property manager, developer became dangerous due to an incident of drinking and death threats from a tenant. The company didnt back me and I felt I had no other choice in light of my safety being threatened but to leave. DH and I talked about it and I really have wanted to be creative and do my own business. DH is so supportive and said go for it.
So just a few short weeks ago I launched my company Gift Basket Galore from home. I have been designing baskets and making contacts and trying to get my name out there. I have a great marketing strategy and have been to several events with different baskets working to build a business. Im not gonna lie, Im very disheartened. I have only sold four baskets in the two weeks that I have been doing sales. However Im not throwing in the towel yet. Im building up a base of contacts, networking and getting my name out there and I realize it takes time, however thats alot of money going out and not alot coming in. DH makes enough for both of us and hasnt complained one iota about it.
Hitch in the plan. The last day of my old job, I hadnt been home less than 30 minutes when I got a call from a contractor who has been developing the property. Turns out he was in desperate need of an office manager. His wife was his office manager but their personalities werent meshing and it wasnt working. He and she couldnt get past being spouses and co workers. She eventually just stopped doing any office work for four years. So his company was a disaster.
So he made me a good offer. Part time, and basically I have become, office manager, marriage counselor and pretty much go between for the two of them. They go to marriage counselling and have been for years but the work seems to be where they butt heads. She and he are both passive aggressive in their behavior toward each other. He doesnt trust her to run the office because she was so lax before and let it go down hill, she treats him like an employee during office hours as opposed to being the owner of the company and she berates him about husband and family stuff when its not an appropriate place to talk about issues in front of your employees.
Apparently since I have taken the job their home life has become amazing. Matter of fact this weekend DH and I dropped in on them since we were in their vicinity and they wanted to meet hubby and they were afraid I was stopping by to tell them I couldnt work for them anymore. Its temporary as DH and I will be moving to Fort Leonard Wood Missouri in October. I have explained to them both that my goal and their goal is to resolve their issues and I will get them organized. By the time I leave they should be back on track and her ready to take over the office again, he ready to release some of the work so she can do what needs to be done to continue what I have started.
Since I took the job, I have been told by everyone that Im missing my calling as a business consultant and that I should hire myself out to other companies in need of consulting. DH said he was really surprised at how worried they were that I was leaving.
I was hired to make their life easier and get things in order and then leave it a point where they can just go forward. Wife told me today. She said I just dont get it. You make the same suggestions that I have made in the past and he does everything you say, he just looks at me funny. I explained to her that I am not his wife and at the end of the day I go home and if he doesnt agree he can always just say no. I have no emotional stake in their business. She said whatever your doing keep doing it. Its working for us. She handles paperwork and Im the go between.
So my question is, is this a viable option if my Gift Basket Business doesnt pan out in the future. Im giving it 6 months and then if Im still losing money I will turn to something else.
Has anyone ever heard of this? Being independent and consulting?