I see you Mama. Feeling overwhelmed trying to manage career and family. Just getting out the door in the morning is a major challenge. Constantly fighting back tears at home and at work. A lost sock or last-minute diaper change can ruin the whole day. Feeling sick at the thought of leaving the new baby at day care. Afraid of missing first steps, first words and school plays because of work. You spent a lot of time and money on your education and you have worked hard to get to this point in your career. Before you had children, you loved your job. You cannot afford to quit working but you cannot be the mother you want to be, spending so much time away from your children.
I see you.
I am on top of the world. Some days I forget I still work full time! I can work when I want, where I want and how I want. I work half my workday during the day and half at night. I can go on every school field trip if I want to. I am able to have more impact on my clients as a consultant than I could as a full-time employee and I make more money. It still takes some juggling but now I have the best of both worlds.
If I can do it, you can do it.
It’s easier than you think to get started.
The mission of Billable with Baby® is to help you find the courage to start your own consulting business so you can have the freedom and flexibility to raise your children the way you wish. You can replace the full time pay your family needs.
The best way to get started as a consultant is to dive in. This free email course will walk you through 3 Action Steps to Generate Revenue NOW. If you start right away, you can be doing billable work as soon as next week. Following these three action steps gives you the best possible chance of landing a consulting project. It works for me and I see it work for others, over and over again. Take control and take the plunge!
When I was a W-2 employee, I used to hear comments about 1099s and self-employment taxes. But I never really knew what those terms meant. And although I had a few friends who did consulting, I had no idea what was required to set up the business side of a consulting business. I had plenty of corporate experience, but I didn’t know whether this business stuff was a big mountain or a little hill. I’m here to tell you right now that it’s a little hill. In California, the only thing you need to get started is a business license. Everything else can be taken care of once you have your first check in your hand. Or even further down the road at the appropriate time.
A few years into my consulting business, I started getting requests from friends to get together and talk about consulting. These people were thinking about starting their own consulting practices. Over time these requests became more frequent. I started thinking more and more about what I wanted to tell them.
My advice is to plan but keep your expectations open and flexible. It’s so hard to know how you will feel and what the temperament of your baby will be. I was so surprised by how much FUN I had being pregnant, having small babies and now a toddler and teen. And trust your own instincts. Trust your instincts about everything and try not to worry too much about what people say you “should” do.
You Can be Billable with Baby®
Join our Billable with Baby® Community! We are a group of ambitious mothers starting and running successful consulting businesses. We empower working mothers to have meaningful careers with the flexibility to raise their children on their own terms. I am excited to meet all the new moms as we grow this Billable with Baby® community! Selfishly, I am hoping lots of you join me, so I will be surrounded by even more like-minded moms.