How many times have you heard this question? I’ve gotten into the habit of just saying “nothing, I’m home with the kids.” The honest answer is that I write Search Engine Optimized articles for a percentage of the advertising revenue from large websites and for a flat fee from private clients. I also operate a few niche market websites, write for several random blogs and I subcontract flat-rate SEO writing work to other mom writers. I also have a few e-books and I’m working on some screenplays that I plan to produce with a business plan I’ve written for my innovative never-been-done-surefire-financing plan for motion pictures. Plus, I consult with local business owners so that they can build their own website (it’s not rocket science) and I help them improve their SEO and learn how to balance their online and their local marketing.
People just don’t get it.
“So do you… like… work for a company?”
The only time I spill the beans is when I think my story can help someone. My husband and I closed our family business last year. I think people assumed that we had a bunch of money in some secret savings account (because you know, everyone with a failing business is secretly rich, right?) Either way, my husband was depressed and in and out of court, and I just had to write. The feelings of losing the business, were too hard to journal in my blog, so I wrote nonfiction articles. When I started to see that I could earn an income from it, I plowed ahead, with an initial goal of $100 a day, 7 days a week.
The days were long but the bills were paid. No one really knew how we were managing. My girl friends knew, and thought it was cool. A friend of ours once tried to sell us a used computer and told me to “ask my husband for the money” I nearly burst a blood vessel. I’m sure if I tried explaining it to him that he would have ended up confused. I declined the computer offer because I didn’t want to explain it.
People always ask what we’ve been doing since the business closed. Instead of explaining anymore, I just say “nothing.” or “taking care of the kids.”