“I don’t want to work for someone else any more, babe.” My hubby leaned back in his chair at the kitchen table and set down his mug of Bulletproof Coffee. Here we go, again, I thought. Problem is that neither of us want to work for anyone else. We’re both entrepreneurial by nature.
He’s the inspirational, pep-talk guy. Picture Vince Vaughn from The Internship. And, I’m the get things done, uber-organized girl. Think of Reese Witherspoon in Election.
We each know where our own skill sets stop. Don’t EVER ask me to give anyone an encouraging pep talk. It’s our family joke that my pep talks frankly suck! And, my hubby has never been known for his GTD-get things done-skill set.
What’s a family like ours to do? Well, I already held the reins as the breadwinner for the past 1.5 years till the job stress was a bit more than my very-pregnant body (and fleeting preggo brain) could manage. Recently, my hubby took over the 40-hour-work-week as a carpenter for a local contractor.
Many of the Mainstreamer experts suggest that one of the partners work a “real” job, while the other pursues the risky business of starting their own gig.
Realizing our countercultural natures, we have decided to buck that norm and shift away from that model. Our solution: multiple streams of income.
Here’s how our plan looks, so far. I’m sure our streams will shift as opportunities arise while we are settling into our new community in Big Bear Lake, CA.
Mindi’s Multiple Streams
- Working as a Social Strategy Consultant for a San Francisco start-up: 10 hours/week
- Modeling for Camo Chique: 4 hours/month
- Breeding English Bulldogs: 1 litter/yearly
- All Things Fermented (local kombucha brewing): just launching
- Mindi Zone: just (re)launching
- Local social marketing: in the networking phase
Jason’s Multiple Streams
- Carpentry job (temporary): 30-40 hours/week
- Photography for Camo Chique: 4 hours/month
- Mr. Snow Plow gig (seasonal): dependent on snowfall
- Farmer’s Market booth: launching in April
- Rehabbing houses: in the research phase
Our hope is that these ideas will inspire you to think about creative ways to meet your needs for creativity while providing for your family. So, both of you can be happy if neither of you want to work for someone else.
Your Turn: Have you ever experienced a similar dilemma in your life, especially if you felt responsible for your family’s wellbeing? What turned out to be your countercultural solution?