Why Quitting My Full-Time Job Was The Best Decision I Ever Made

I love being able to spend more time with the kids at the pool or park.

I love being able to spend more time with the kids at the pool or park.

Ever since I can remember,  I have been working some sort of job. When Brandon and I were young, my dad paid us to landscape his property, paint, clean the pool, mow the lawn, etc. My first “real” job was at a gym when I was 15. I worked in the childcare and cleaning departments (ha). I’ve always valued hard work and earning money. There have been times in my life when I was working 5 jobs simultaneously. I get a lot of fulfillment from working, and I am the kind of person who will never truly retire.

In recent years, I have thoroughly enjoyed working in both the Personal Training and Web Marketing industries. Both career fields fulfill me in different ways, and I find that the two careers go hand in hand. I have worked at 6 different gyms over the years, and have now found my “sweet spot” as an independent contractor and online personal trainer. I also worked for a university for 5 years and quit my full-time job as a Web Marketing Specialist only 3 short months ago to become 100% self-employed.

The decision to become 100% self-employed was a very difficult one, and at times, scary. I loved the atmosphere of my web marketing job, had a fabulous boss, and the blessing of schedule flexibility. And most importantly, I felt very comfortable receiving a consistent pay check every two weeks. After I had Emma (my two-year old), a lot of people asked me why I didn’t quit my job to be a stay-at-home mom. Honestly, I appreciate and respect any woman who chooses to stay home full-time with her children, but I simply cannot be a good mom if I don’t have at least a part-time job to give me a little time away from the kids. However, I was feeling the stress and strain of being a full-time web marketing specialist, full-time personal trainer, part-time web marketing consultant, and full-time mom to Miss Emma. After getting pregnant with Cole, I started feeling even more stretched thin, and I knew I had to make a change. I wasn’t sure what it would look like, and was scared to death of quitting my full-time job, but I began to consider my options.

Relaxing with Cole in between web marketing consultation clients.

Relaxing with Cole in between web marketing consultation clients.

On April 30, after a lot of thought, prayer, and discussion with Brandon, I quit my full-time web marketing job. It was a very difficult decision for me because it meant leaving a job that I loved, a flexible schedule, great boss, and consistent paycheck. However, I am the kind of person who makes a decision and never looks back. I was determined to focus on what I would gain by making this leap, versus what I would lose.

On May 1, I started my new life as a 100% self-employed web marketing consultant and personal trainer. I have received confirmation after confirmation that this was absolutely the best decision for my family and me. Not only am I enjoying tons more time with Emma and Cole, but I am working far less hours overall, and bringing in at least double the income. Wow, can it get any better than that? I feel so blessed to be working for myself, helping others become healthy with my PT business, choosing to do web marketing for brands that I am passionate about, and earning a significant amount of income for my family.

I truly believe that the web marketing and personal training (health and wellness) industries are two of the best career fields for moms. Both career fields allow me to work flexible hours at home, and earn significant money. No products to sell, no gimmicks — just good old-fashioned hard work doing something I’m passionate about. I am so excited about my new job situation, that I started a mentoring program for other women who are interested in pursing the same fields. I have already met with several girls in person, via Skype, FaceTime, or Google chat, and I have another new client starting in my program later today (and she is from the UK — how cool!).

Please fill out the form below if you would like more information about my mentorship program. You CAN have it all — a successful family life and successful career. 

3 thoughts on “Why Quitting My Full-Time Job Was The Best Decision I Ever Made

  1. amandafolk says:

    Good for you for doing what you love and being totally successful with it. I think personal training certifications are great, but they leave much to be desired as far as the actual business end of things go. Your program sounds so wonderful for that. Keep on kicking butt in life!

  2. Kayla Hoffman says:

    It’s so much fun being home and getting to see the little things our kiddos do! I love that I have time for my family but get to work as little or as many hours as I want. One thing I want to tackle is getting paid for blog ads. If you ever want to share some tips with me I would so greatly appreciate it! Thank you for sharing your story with us; seeing other moms be successful gives us hope and the drive to keep pursuing our passions!

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