I Quit My Job and Went For It

A bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  That’s how I stepped into the real world after college.  After spending too many nights grading papers and trying to figure out the best strategy for little Tyler who couldn’t sit still long enough to learn much, I decided criminal justice was more my calling.  I started squeezing in attending school while still teaching it and earned my masters degree in criminal justice.  It was somewhere between reading a fourth grader’s perspective on George Washington and scooping up the last of the chicken and noodles on my school tray that I discovered crime analysis.  I figured out I loved learning about the trends and geography of crime and was finishing up my second degree.  So that was the plan.  I was to become a crime analyst.

I discovered my local police department didn’t even have a crime analyst position.  After setting up a handful of meetings with the chief of police, I wrote a proposal to create the position and then convinced him to hire me after the proposal was approved by city council.  For seven years, I developed the position and immersed myself in civilian police work.  I loved every minute of it.  Meanwhile, in my personal life, I adopted a little boy.  It was a combination of the complicated adoption process and my desire for a more flexible work schedule that pushed me into the direction of private investigation.  After months of consideration, I made up my mind.  I was going to do it.

How does someone just up and quit a job they love for a work-from-home owner and operator of their own business?  That’s crazy.  Crazy awesome.  I couldn’t have made it work, at least not the route I’ve taken, without having a husband bringing home a steady paycheck.  I’ve spent the last year reading, planning, researching, creating, learning, and working.  I haven’t made a dime and I've loved every minute of it.

I’m a planner.  A big-time planner.  I over-plan.  Before opening my doors, I wanted to be able to give my first client my very best.  I wanted to have all my ducks in a row and not waste any time (aka - their money).  I am known for my efficiency and fairness.  I work hard because I want to be good.  Very good.  I want clients who can count on me for a fair and successful experience.  But a colleague gave me some advice last month.  He said, “Don’t spend too much time planning.  Only about half of what you plan for is going to work anyway.  The best thing you can do is just go for it.  If you wait to feel ready, you’ll never open.”

So here I am.  Day 1.  I’m open for business.