"Today, more than ever, the world needs strong women role models and leaders.
I encourage you to learn and to teach other women to be that role model when it comes to
your financial well-being and independence." ~ Kim Kiyosaki
This is advice that I have taken to heart! But, let me be clear – it's not been an overnight sensation! lol
This 'call to action' by Kim Kiyosaki, someone who's education has deeply impacted me, is a passion that has grown on me over time. There's been multiple steps forward and steps backwards over the years.
It's Been a Journey
Like anyone, over 10 years of working from home, there's been times of plenty and times of famine in my life in the areas of health, business, relationships and parenting. In what could be described as a more 'feminine perspective' there's been times of growing, times of outward action and times of hibernation and going within.
The times of going forward and of plenty are always wonderful and fulfilling – fun to be a part of and very exciting to witness other's successes. Having said that, on taking this time to reflect back, every one of those times of challenge were easier because I was working from home and had more personal power and autonomy over my choices.
Such a Gift for Mothering
As a more mature age mum, I've experienced quite a learning curve with how to balance my mothering and business time. I've always been a 'super-duper' multi-tasker and 'doer' – like many women. It took me some time to realise that I had to adapt and get smarter in prioritising my time and my tasks. I had to learn that even with my extreme level multi-tasking abilities, there were healthy limits and also doses of reality!
I have the balance MUCH better now – but again, on reflection, working from home even made that possible! There is absolutely NO way that I could have made the parenting priorities I've been able to while working from home, in any of my past careers and places of employment. I only have myself to be accountable to, and not that I'm a forgiving boss (another learning curve lol), but it's SO much easier not to have anyone breathing down my neck if my schedule went haywire.
The added benefit of being available when your kids need you, to be able to attend school functions or speech therapy or feeling unwell – is a godsend. Again, without the stress of losing the job….
Have I mentioned Residual Income?
NO, how could I have not! What a gift! Once again, there's been times over the past 10 years where I couldn't work at all. NONE of my past jobs would have continued to pay me like my business has. I'm just so grateful for that gift and security there's almost no words to describe it.
“Residual income has the ability to underpin your household income security”.
~ Sharon Whiteman
Every Household Should Have One
Residual income I mean. Let me ask you this… how would your household benefit with an extra $500, $1000 or more coming in to support the bottom line? Even if you're not struggling like some of the stories that are far too common right now, think of the extras you could choose or the investment program you could start/enhance. In today's age of economic de-stabilisation and job insecurity, it's almost insane to depend on employment income alone. It's simply too fragile and anything can change over night.
We're a culture of people who insure for the unexpected, having a residual income business as part of the total household income is simply that – an intelligent income insurance. It's common sense when you look at it that way isn't it? Yes, I think so too!
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