As I write this I am “jobless” but fortunately I still have my career, Júwon Enamel. I work toward making Júwon Enamel more and more successful on a daily basis and hard work truly does pay off.
I have mentioned this before; if we spend around 30k on higher education and commit 4 years to a degree of course we will be successful, so if we do the same for a business, we shall see the same effective outcomes. Maybe you want to commit this money and time to be an influencer, start a food business, open a fitness center, etc. (side note: I still very much value my education. College provides experience and exposure to growth, opportunities, relationships, merging different backgrounds, and professionalism. I never regret going to college or getting a degree.)
Starting your own gig does require money and that’s what makes it tricky. You need money to make money and statics have shown that it takes about 5 years for a small business owner to live off their small business.
Back in February I wrote a blog titled, “Thanks Dolly! No More 9 to 5.”
And I haven’t worked a 9-5 since I quit my teaching career (the end of May 2019). I wasn’t able to fully live off Júwon Enamel at the time, so I continued to apply for other jobs (using my Data Analyst degree) and landed a position as a Data Analyst for a logistic company by the end of May. The department was new even though the company wasn’t. We were a team of 3 chicks! Yes, female IT women! 🙌🏽 And I was the last to get hired. My position was extremely laid back. I worked out while at work, could work from home when needed, and my hours were flexible. I was happy with the position and it fit perfectly with my Júwon schedule.
Let’s fast forward this story to October.
At this time my husband was exploring his career opportunities. One day, while I was at work, he calls me because he “has a surprise.” Little did I know this “surprise” was going to involve us moving 600 mi. within 2 weeks while I was 6 months pregnant. He had accepted a job in Louisiana, SURPRISE! 😒
That night we talked things over, and we felt it was best for me to stay in Nashville until the baby was born while he works and gets settled in Louisiana and then we would go with the flow afterwards. I mean I loved my data analyst job, Júwon was doing great, and my whole family lives here so it felt right. However, we’d have to commit to being in a long-distance marriage.
I walk into work the next day nervous/surprised/excited about our moving plans. My boss approaches me and calls me into his office to speak. Long story short he mentions my position “has been dissolved” until they strengthen their vision for the Data department. Just like that I went home for the day and no longer had to report back to work. I was in complete shock.
At that point I was “jobless”.
Today I type this blog in Louisiana. I am 8 months pregnant and Júwon Enamel is my only career.
Every day, I am finding myself connecting to more individuals wanting to start their own gig through these writings and not knowing where, how, or when to start.
I love all you Júwon babes out there and write this to help encourage you to continue reaching for your dreams. It will be hard, scary, and discouraging at times, but I promise your persistence and patience will help you through it. Everything will fall into place at the right time and I am here to support in any way possible! 💕