This pandemic has definitely woken me up from the spell that had come over while working my six-figure paying job this past year. Once again, I had fallen off the entrepreneurial wagon because “they” dangled some cash in front of me, told me how special I was, and sucked me back into corporate America. I knew getting a job again would be a trap, but I did it anyway because I was so tired of the financial rollercoaster I was on as a business owner. My main goals were to get a steady income while I get out of the debt that I created the year prior while working for myself. This way, I can go back in business for myself with more leverage.
Long story short, the COV-19 pandemic hit.
Although I had just gotten back from an all-expense paid company trip for my “Rookie of the Year” award just three weeks before, I got laid off with the quickness as soon as everything got shut down! I saw it coming, but I was just shocked because I know I made these people some serious money. I had just learned their marketing employee ROI (return on investment) formula since I was just about to hire someone to work under me after my big promotion. According to the formula I should have made almost $400K for the previous year. Even though I knew we were in a pandemic, I figured they could afford to hang on to me a little longer based on the money I made them. At the end of the day, that was not my company, therefore it was not my decision. I should have been working harder a lot harder to prepare for that moment so I did not have to depend on someone to assign me value.
It has been some extreme ups and downs since March 19th when I got laid off, but the great news is that I have had these last two months to myself to figure things out while money was still coming in. I have been really hard on myself for not having my business plan completely ready to go. However, when I think about it, I did pay off a ton of debt, I did have better leverage as a business owner this time around and I actually had some plans in place (although incomplete).
For over 15 years, I have been “Kia the CEO” in the making. I have owned my own business, Nikia Media, Inc., going on almost 10 years. In 2018, I finally turned a profit for my business and made a decent living completely working for myself for the first time. In 2019, I had a job that prevented me from surpassing my previous earning benchmark, but I still managed to generate revenue and be profitable. Now we are halfway through 2020, I am back in business for myself (no employer). I am now working on projects I truly feel good about. It is not about just trying to make money, like when I tried selling real estate (still licensed in Florida but only doing referrals). And now I believe I am prepared to achieve my goals, which include me being self-sufficient.
I am not 100% where I want to be, but Galatians 6:7 reminded me that “…You will always harvest what you plant.”
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone-especially to those in the family of faith.Galatians 6:9-10 NLT
Anyway, I just wanted to continue sharing my journey. Stay prayerful, blessed, inspired, hopeful, healthy, safe, and prosperous. And NEVER give up on your dreams!
“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”John 15:2, 4-8 NLT