We’re continuing to share a different story each week of how a past student has been able to significantly grow their freelance business by applying the concepts they learned from Double Your Freelancing (check out last week’s with William Durkin).
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Judy Helm Wright owns a publishing company, Artichoke Press and recently launched Death of My Pet, which is in the “pet grief” niche. Judy’s also been a speaker and trainer on family relationships for the last 25 years.
What got you into freelancing? Was it what you expected?
I am a creative, intuitive wise woman who likes to learn and earn in various ways.
We have owned a number of small businesses and found that I really did not like to boss people around. I expected them to have the same work ethic and drive I did. I wanted them to be as committed to my ideas as I was.
However, when I was working in Corporate America, I found that I really hated being bossed around. I was a lousy employee and was much like the ones who had worked for me.
“It didn’t take long for me to see that I needed to be my own boss and be my only employee.”
The defining factor was walking to the mailbox with our son one day after dealing with irate customers for a company who was paying me big bucks but not dealing ethically with the customers. Andy was telling me a story of the unfairness of a soccer coach and I said “Andy, I have been dealing with problems all day, why can’t we just walk?” He said, “Okay Mom, who do you want your son to tell his problems to, the lunch lady?”
“I went in to work the next day and resigned. It was very clear that what I gained in salary I was losing in spirit and soul.”