I mentioned in a couple podcasts ago that I’m working part-time, and I realized I never really mentioned my job. I’ve been working part-time (between 15 and 20 hours a week) for NDI, the company building my home.
(Disclosure: I’m NOT receiving a free home. Dan and I had already closed on our loan when this job opportunity presented itself.)
So, let’s back up.
When I knew I was going to leave my job to stay home with Kate, I started looking for a part-time job doing social media, blogging, photography, and web design. I searched and searched for something flexible, something were I could mostly work at home. It was tough to find something that was 20 hours (or less) and not require me to come in more than a handful of times a month.
I continued looking on and off since before Kate was born and even after Michael was born. But nothing was the right fit. But I knew something would happen, I’d just had to be patient. And I didn’t want to take just anything. It had to be the perfect fit (or as close the perfect fit as possible).
In the mean time, I honed my web design skills, teaching myself the ins and outs of WordPress and HTML. Working on my photography. And getting more serious about my blog. And I kept my eyes open and looked for opportunities.
When we got more serious about building a home with NDI, I started thinking about NDI’s website and social media presence. And how I could build a better website and a stronger social media presence. And all the things I could do with photography (Hello, beautiful homes!).
In May, many months after we’d already signed the contract with NDI, I approached the President with a proposal. I outline the work I could do: redo the website, take photos, marketing, social media, etc…
I wasn’t sure she’d go for it. But I figured, if I don’t put myself out there, nothing will happen. But if I do put myself out there, then I could land the job I’d been looking for for over four years.
And she accepted.
So I’ve been working for NDI since May, re-vamping their website, taking photos of homes in progress and completed homes, coming up with marketing ideas, customer service ideas, running the social media accounts, etc…
I love working for NDI. I love how it’s a small, family-owned company. I love how I work directly with the President. When I have an idea, I shoot it over to her. And she says, “yes, run with it!” Or, “Eh, I don’t love it. Convince me/show me something else.”
Working this closely with someone I admire and having my ideas put into action quickly is the best.
This wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t dare to stick my neck out with the proposal. So the lesson I’ve learned here is: stick your neck out! Go for it! Ask! What’s the worst that can happen? She could have said no. If she said no, that would have been a bummer but I would have moved on. But she said yes. And now I get to pretend I’m on HGTV and spend hours taking about the pros and cons of different wood floors. (Insert emoji with the heart eyes).