PTO – Paid time off
This might sound like crazy talk, but I’m actually grateful for no PTO…paid time off. At least in the way PTO works for most people and businesses anyway.
One huge reason I made the leap from working for someone else to building my own business was so I could be with my kids. I never want family to be an afterthought or come in second place to work or other parts of life.
Regular jobs never had enough paid time off.
When I “went out on my own”, my oldest child was 2 and my second daughter was only 3 months old. So, my number one reason for owning my own business was to have time with family. After almost 17 years as a business owner, that’s still my number one reason. Working in the corporate world never allowed enough paid time off to be with my kids when they need me most.
Take today for example…my daughter isn’t feeling well. And I’m able to be at home with her and take her to the doctor. I didn’t have to “call in sick” or ask permission to “take time off.” And I know the systems I’ve put in place will help keep my business operating while I take care of my family. Another benefit is my daughter doesn’t have to feel my stress. That pressure stress of getting back to work before I lose my job. She can rest easy knowing I’m able to be there as much as she needs me.
It’s a tremendous gift.
I remind myself, almost everyday, not to take it for granted. When I see or hear myself complaining about how the day is going, I just close my eyes and remember what it was like before. Oh yeah, that’s a gift. And if you’d like any help getting the same “gift”, I’m confident I can show you how.
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