Although it’s been years since I bought a copy of Woman’s Day magazine, when I was whizzing through the market express line with my muffin, the bold headline on the cover caught my eye. The attention-grabber read 12 Ways to Make Money at Home.
It wasn’t just the information that had me snapping up the issue. Even though I live, breathe and dream about self-employment, the conventional career advice has often treated working for yourself as a last resort, a stop gap, perhaps, between real jobs.
When I see mainstream media giving the joyfully jobless path some attention, I am both curious and supportive.
On the same day I bought the magazine, I received a message from Kristina Rupert who was busily exploring Making a Living Without a Job. She didn’t just write a nice fan message, however. She had a personal experience to share.
Kristina wrote, “I graduated from college 3 years ago with a B.S. in Entrepreneurship and when I chose the major my advisor said, ‘I don’t know if that is a good idea, what kind of business are you going to start? This major is more for people that are getting into a family business.’
“ I proceeded to ask him, ‘Do you ask theater majors what Broadway hit they are going to star in?’ He didn’t answer the question, but then, he didn’t have to. I knew the truth.
“So I went against that terrible advice and stuck with it because I knew it was right for me. Your book has validated that decision for me.
“This is the wake up call I needed to get out there and start making a life for myself, on my terms. I just had to stop reading to write and tell you how utterly wonderful this book is!”
So hooray to Kristina for listening to her heart and hooray to Woman’s Day for flaunting alternatives to getting a job.
(My favorite idea in the magazine article is the woman from Newport Beach, California who writes people’s messages in the sand at the beach and takes a picture that she then e-mails to them. Who knew there was a market for this?)
Of course, the same issue also has plenty of traditional career advice, and their work at home advice is limited to online opportunities. Still, I’m optimistic that they may be getting the attention of more readers who have been diverted from the joyfully jobless path by uninformed sources.
After all, making a living without a job is about much more than just paying the bills. Sadly, Kristina’s advisor, many career counselors and amateur advisors haven’t discovered our secret.
They do remind us, however, that if we’re going to blaze new trails, turn our passions into profits, create things that have never been seen before, we need to stick together— and encourage entrepreneurial spirit wherever we can find it.