This was written by a friend from north Missouri in honor of her hard working husband (farmer and welder, Lone Oak Fabrication, LLC, Clarence, Missouri), though it is a testament to her hard work and sacrifice as well (i would consider Erin a modern day Proverbs 31 woman). Sometimes we grumble about our employers and some may go on strike, but oftentimes, especially in small towns, with small start up businesses, the owners are paddling like crazy to keep the operation afloat. If he or she has the opportunity to hire someone to come along, that is a bonus for everyone. If you, as the employee, think you are mistreated or underpaid, then move on to your dream job with dream pay, don’t undermine the efforts of the small businessman by not giving your best each day. (tauna’s comments)
- This is what being self-employed looks like.It’s working 80 hours a week so you don’t have to work 40 hours for someone else.It’s getting up extra early to work before the rest of the day hits.
It’s putting in a few more hours after you kiss your kids good night.
It’s leaving the house before your spouse is awake and coming home after they are asleep. Sometimes only talking to each other via text for days at a time.
It’s making sacrifices and pinching pennies.
It’s throwing your whole heart into a dream, a vision, a goal for a better future.
It’s the thrill of knowing you can manage your own time and the sickening feeling when you don’t manage it well.
It’s making out invoices while your spouse addresses the envelopes because you’re working this dream together.
It’s having the guts to take a risk and knowing if it doesn’t work out, you learn the lesson and try again.
It’s all this and so much more. I’m so proud of you David.
Erin Spurgeon, wife, mother, educator, small business owner, Stitches & Staples