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I would really like to have a successful online business.  By that, I mean having a business that provides enough income so that I can be employed solely in that enterprise.  How does one accomplish that? 

 

There are lots of resources available, and I could very likely receive hundreds of comments suggesting a particular online resource that’s guaranteed to make me very wealthy by tomorrow!

 

But what really stands in my way are other, more important, priorities.  I don’t want business to replace my devotions, my family, etc.  And it certainly can’t replace my job right now.  It’s not that I don’t have the resources, or the available product or talent.  It’s more of a time / priority issue.  How can I squeeze it in?

 

The truth is, whether or not I ever accomplish this dream is incidental to true life.  I am really more interested in accomplishing the right things each day.  So I focus daily on what matters most.   

 

Without working at a project, it won’t succeed.  But I have to be very selective about what I devote my time and energies to.

 

I would really love to make my business successful enough to support us, and truly believe it could.  I believe that even given a couple years of concentrated effort it might give us the time and money to do some of the things we’d really like to do.

 

But I’m not willing to sacrifice current relationships — Alma, our children, church, friends — to achieve it.

 

I continue to work at it a bit at a time, but concentrating first on relationships which are really much more important.

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Yesterday was my last day at Things Remembered, although I may work for them as an engraver during Second Season (May – June).  But I could no longer manage one of their stores with a clear conscience.  Their payroll is one of the smallest in my twenty years of retail management, and most of the time, each employee works alone in the store.  Though my manager worked valiantly to get more hours for the store, it simply fell on deaf ears.  I could no longer accomplish all that was required.

 Next week, I begin a new adventure!

 I will work with Wayne and Candi, helping them establish and grow their delivery business, concentrating on the pool permit side of things.  Hopefully, we will also find a regular delivery route before the pool business slows down around August.  This is a step of faith for us, as we are leaving the world of salary dependence, and moving into the realm of commission-only support.  I really believe it will work, but it will certainly take a lot of work!

One of our biggest concerns is health insurance.  Alma certainly needs it with her condition, and I’m experiencing basic age-related health issues, as well.  In order to provide for that, I’m starting work with Starbucks this next week, also.  Although we will pay COBRA for the next three months, after that we can be covered by Starbucks insurance, as long as I continue working at least 20 hours a week.

We’re taking the leap, and some calculated risk, to pursue some business ideas that I feel match my SHAPE. 

But, I’m scared.  I’m certainly not used to taking these kinds of risks, and the future is a big unknown.   I’m placing my trust in the Father to supply our needs.  I’m not going to be stupid or lazy, but I have asked that he bless our efforts and plans to supply our needs.  To give us guidance as we make decisions about where to invest our time and money. I truly believe that God is the source of our dreams and plans.  Now, we need his guidance to put them into practice with diligence and wisdom.  

My plan is to work part-time at Starbucks, although I haven’t yet heard from Blanca. If that doesn’t work out, I feel sure I could work part-time somewhere.  But companies that supplement medical insurance for part-time employees are few.  And that’s what I need; the only reason to really have an hourly job. 

The remainder of my time will be spent pursuing business for Wayne’s delivery service.

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