These B-Schoolers made their
dream business a reality.
I left a full-time job as a magazine editor to have my first child, and I knew I didn’t want to go back; 60+ hour weeks, a psychopathic boss and very low pay weren’t fun without a kid, and sounded even LESS fun with an infant.
I wanted to start my own business, and my husband agreed that we could give it a year to see how it went. So I started a blog based on one of my print columns, and enrolled in B-School. The blog attracted modest attention but really never grew beyond a few thousand page views per month. I had picked a niche of budget-minded consumers, and was having a REALLY hard time selling them anything!
That first year went really poorly. I made about $5,000 for the entire year (and much of that was from freelance writing gigs I picked up). But by the end of the year, I had a new idea. My husband and I sat down and had a heart-to-heart, and agreed that I could try again. The catch? He challenged me to triple my income.
I started over with B-School and a new business idea: to put what I knew about writing and what I had learned about blogging to work for other people. It took off like a rocket! I had my first client almost as soon as I had a website up. It wasn’t the kind of overnight success you hear about where people hit six figures in their first six months, but it was success on my terms. I easily met my husband’s challenge — while only working part time and staying home with my baby.
The next year, I doubled my income again, and ended up bringing home almost exactly what I had earned at my full-time magazine job, while still only working half-time.
Now, I’m on track to double my income AGAIN, earning double my full-time salary I left behind — and still only working about 20 hours a week. I’m living the dream.