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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

and now for the big news

Sorry I was MIA this weekend. Ended up having to work 10pm-7am Sat-Sun with Monday off in exchange so I vegged out as much as I could. Now on to the big news:

The DH and I are starting our own business. Since I don't talk much about my work here, I will give a basic run down. After college I started working for a company that developed Electronic Medical Records for hospitals and clinics (EMRs). For those of you who watched the Olympics, you saw a lot of GE commercials about their EMR. To say the industry is very transient is an understatement. I have been jumping around as a full time employee from project to project but it requires moving, a lot. The DH is trying to finish up school so its not easy on him when I make us move every year.

I have always received a lot of inquires about going into Independent Contracting. I used to work for once of the big consulting firms and quickly learned that hospitals want to contract only a couple people and the big companies are not going after those openings. The big downfall is that most of these contracts are 6weeks-6months and there is no job security. It's like you are on permanent probation and can be let go of at any time.

I have spent a long time thinking about this and the DH and I have worked out what it would be like because the chances of me finding a good local contract wasn't very good. Then a former coworker called about a position where she was contracting. After talking to the hospital and the people working there (I have already worked with many of them since this is a tiny industry) I decided to take the leap. Every 6 months my contract will be up for renewal but the project is slated to last a couple more years. Its a great opportunity for me but the big downfall is that it is in Baltimore. Yup, as in 2400 miles on the other side of the country Balitmore. This means that every Sunday night I will get on a plane and leave LA and return every Thursday night. Repeat x 50 each year.

This means a huge change for the family. The DH and I are used to a schedule like this (he used to work nights while I worked days so we only had weekends) but the pups are not. Its going to be hard to be away 4 nights a week but the 3 day weekends will be nice and this is putting us on the path of where we want to be in the future. AAAAAAAH SCARY! I have never been so uneasy as when I gave notice here and realized I really was going out on my own.

Here is how Baily looked after I made the DH give her the news:

26 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khongrats -

Woo are furry brave but it sounds like woo've given it a proper amount of thought!

As fur your new lokhation, since I'm in Pawsylvania, maybe Mom will let me khome to Merryland to visit!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Congrats!
We hope the doggies settle into your new schedule well:)

Toby's Raiser

Bijou said...

Congratulations on the new job. I hope it works out the way you want. The long weekends should make up for you being gone.

Waggles,
Bijou

Schwang said...

Congrats! I was wondering if the big news would have to do with moving, and if so maybe you'd be in the Chicago area...
It sounds like it will be really hard without the pooches and they will probably miss you. It will make the weekends that much better.

Dog Foster Mom said...

Congratulations on taking that scary leap - way to go! Your dogs will love having three day weekends with you every week - and think how excited they'll be to see you every Thursday!

Pibble said...

Congratulations! It's got to be liberating to be starting your own business. Even though you'll be separated from the DH and doggies, the three-day weekends will make up for it, and having your own business will set a path to a much better future. All the best!

Mommyof2girlz said...

A huge congrats on your news, how exciting for you. Wow I can not believe the "commute" tho..you'll def be racking up those frequent flier miles.lol Aww look at that cute pouty face :)

Douglas the Dog said...

Congratulations! Baltimore is not too far from me in Philadelphia, so you can come visit any time. I can also be rented out if you need puppy companionship while traveling.

Samantha said...

I know it will have its tough moments, but it seems like you've considered it from all angles. Big congrats and hope it works out well!
Hugs xo
Sammie

Benny and Lily said...

Yea!!!But you should be working around all your doggy kids schedule...BOL..We tell mom that too, but she doesn't listen to us...
Benny & Lily

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

What a brave and wonderful step for you! We wish only success and happiness to come out of this...and that the hardships of separation and readjustment are tiny for all of you. Congratulations!

Dory and the Mama said...

I love the way you are embracing this new opportunity!! We are sure that after making you feel guilty for a few weeks the pups will adjust.

Good Luck!!
Beth (the Mama)

IrishBelle318 said...

I am so excited for your new adventure and don't forget that Joe and I are here to help you guys anytime you need. Even if it just helps DH ith all the walking, etc. :)

Teddy Bear said...

Wow, congrats to you on your new business. Mommy and Daddy say there is nothing better than being your own boss. I know all your furr babies will miss you but I know you'll come back with lots of treats for them from Baltimore.:)

Love,

Teddy Bear

Mango said...

That is a HUGE change for sure. So much time away from the pups. How will you stand it? Maybe you will need a kitteh in MD to keep you company. I hope the whole work thing is good for you and that it turns out to be the right decision. Have to earn the kibbles money, right?

Slobbers,
Mango

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Boy, those are some big changes! But it sounds like you've given it a lot of thought. Changes can be exciting, opening a new chapter in your life. I went to college in Baltimore--it's a great city. You'll have gnats in the summer--but also fireflies!

I started my own business 2 years ago. I felt it was super scary, too--but I'm glad I did it. And when you go step by step, it's not really so scary after all. Good luck to you!!

Sapphire said...

wow! great news! the dogs will do just fine... we just couldn't tear ourselves away from them, could we?

Sam said...

Wow - I can't imagine working on the opposite side of the country - but that's REALLY cool! Isn't it amazing what travel has made possible?

Congrats on the opportunity! I hope you love it. :)

PBOforlife said...

How exciting! Congratulations on starting your own business. You'll love having three day weekends with the DH and pups. Best of luck!
Diana

Cassie said...

Wow. Brave new world! It sounds like you have worked it all out and are ready for the adventure of it all! Good for you. (I'm sending you an email now!!)
Cassie (BabyRocketDog & Hooties mommy)

Life With Dogs said...

That's a tough call, and I understand the stress. But we do EMR work, and it's a good call as far as your career goes. :)

Lorenza said...

Wow!
Congratulations!
I know it will take some time to ajust for everyone but I am sure everything is going to be ok!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

kissa-bull said...

many conwuatulations and give bailey extra sugary pibble kisses from us
the houston pittie pack

TwoSpecialWires said...

Wow. Big changes. But it reads as if you've thought them well out. Congratulations! We hope it works out really well. For everyone!!!

Love
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Joe Stains said...

The dogs will adjust, don't worry. Congrats on the opportunity!!

ocmist said...

From Bailey and Mesa's viewpoint, this sounds horrible... just like MY Dad having to work all day now, but from what I gather, from the human's viewpoint, a job is a job, and we are glad that you have one that you feel will work out well for you! Dott