My Dad worked 2 jobs, most of his life, and sometimes 3 to support our family. I've always been able to get by with one, with the few exceptions when I did some freelancing on weekends, catering or managing a restaurant. There were two big differences between Dad's family and mine in this scenario, the first was that
About 14 years ago I was working as a Distributor Sales Rep for a local food company. It was the 4th such company I had worked for in the same position over a 16 year period and I enjoyed the work immensely. After your relationships were established, it was like driving around to visit your restaurant friends each week, oh, and you sold stuff to them. I worked on commission only and some expenses were borne by the company and some were mine. I never had a problem taking my cut, as I made it a point to always bring value to my business partners, sampling products frequently, giving advice and consultations and sharing what I had learned both formally and during my time on the streets. As I said, I really loved the work, and could have retired in that job, but it wasn't meant to be. During my 3rd year
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The normal progression out of the DSR job is to move on to become a food broker. These folks, God Bless them, represent 30 or so manufacturers and sell to restaurants like I had done, but only the specific lines that they represent. I worked part time for a friend of mine in this business, and quickly discovered that I did
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It was 4 years later that I was exited from that job, a new management team came in and I didn't fit the picture of what they
So, starting this morning, I am getting an opportunity, for the first time, to support my wife during a job search period. For 17 years, she has worked at home as an independent medical transcriptionist. She dutifully got up each morning at 4:30 am and got paid for only the work she did, by the character she typed, oh, and made a heck of a living doing it. This job allowed her both a nice income, and the flexibility in her schedule, so she could raise our children and be available for the important events in their lives. I firmly believe that this time spent was directly proportional to the caliber of the kids that we raised. Prior to that job, she worked in a medical office and a health insurance company and her degree is in accounting. I would ask for your assistance in helping us to determine the next path for Char. My last 2 jobs came from networking, not job postings, and I suspect it will be the same for Char. Let us know if you hear of any interesting opportunities, and spread the word about an intelligent, motivated, individual with an unparalleled work ethic being available. Pray for us, that we are able to recognize the right opportunity when it comes, and that we have the patience to wait for it until it does come. I've passed along the advice, to her, that I've received about trying to enjoy the time off as it is normally pretty fleeting, but I know how hard this is when you are so wrapped up in finding work, so reach out to Char, feel free to pop in and just give her a break from the worry of job searching. Lastly, pray for me, that I can be as supporting of a spouse that she has always been to me, especially during the times of my unemployment. She deserves nothing less.