Remind Me Again Why I Do
I recently embarked on a large programming project that
became the most frustrating, stressful thing Iíve done since
Iíve been in business.
I wonít bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that
everything that could go wrong, did
With the deadline looming at the height of the crisis, I
needed to call my scripting guru for a solution- and I needed to
do it quick!
Right at that moment, my 5-year-old decided that she was
going to self-destruct if she didnít have my immediate
Now, mind you my daughter is
not the quietly persistent tug-on-your-sleeve kind of
attention-getter. No. Sheís more of a
the-louder-I-am-the-faster-sheíll-hear-me kind of a gal.
As I approached the limits of my patience (and she hers), I
had to decide whether to make my deadline or to spend some time
I found myself thinking, "Why donít I work in an office, like
normal people do?" "Why do I do this?"
The thing is, I really wanted to play with my
daughter. I mean, wouldnít you?
But...the fact remained that I had a job to do.
These are the moments that make me think it would be so much
easier to go back to a "normal job". Working for someone else,
you do your job and then you go home. When your workday ends, it
ends. Youíre not tempted to get up in the middle of the night
and drive to your office so that you can do that one thing you
forgot to do. When your office is just down the hall, itís just
too easy to do that.
Iím quite sure that Iím not the only home-based business
owner who has asked themselves this question, "Why do I do
Itís not easy to stay motivated when chances are youíre
working longer hours for less pay (or no pay!)
than your "job".
And throw in the challenge
of trying to be a professional while your children are arguing
over whoís turn it is to use the self-inflating whoopee cushion
right outside your office door and well, itís a miracle we donít
all just give up and lease office space.
So, why do I do this? I think most of all, itís
because I get to decide whether to call a client, or play with
Sometimes I just need to be reminded, and itís almost always
my children who do.
Sharon Davis is the owner of
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In her spare time she reminisces about what it was like to have
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