In today’s society, almost no one will understand you position in caring for your little warrior. When you feel your job title changes to “Problem Employee/Always Absent Employee” then it’s time to make a plan for you to exit stage left. God has placed in us all gifts and talents needed to provide an income for us. All we need to do is to tap into what that is, make a plan and move in its direction.
Working for yourself maybe the only way to save you from adding hurt to injury. Your child already faces so many painful challenges everyday so keeping your plate clear of personal challenges would make your life easier. I believe entrepreneurship is for everyone in some form or fashion, especially for parents of young warriors. God will never let you lose one source without providing a better one! So at this junction in your life, if your job does not understand your child’s battle with Sickle Cell, it’s time to go and hire yourself!
Clear your mind and brainstorm on what your passion is. What is it that you can do to take care of your household that will never feel like work? Nine times out of ten, that is what your passion is. Do research on how to turn that into a business. It maybe thousands of people working for themselves doing the same thing or it may be a new business you create. Next, you must take that first leap of faith and think big. There are books, webinars, and business mentors that will help you along the way. Also check out free resources in your area or city for help starting out. Read everything you get your hands on about the business you’re interested in or in general how to start a small business. Talk to other entrepreneurs, and join the Small Business Administration to take advantage of all their free information. Look and apply for starter grants and loans if you so choose, to get you started. There are so many options these days from working at home, starting an online business or partnering with an already established company to work independently. The options are numerous; you just have to find what works for you.
It’s true; where there is a will; there is always a way. Nothing is impossible when you have faith to do it! Having a child with a chronic illness, majority of the time, will not be understood and you need to be okay with that. Don’t be angry, but instead use it as motivation to find your greater purpose. Take your pain and let it sky rocket you into your greatness. It will be hard, and will take a lot of courage and determination. But at the end of the day, when you are self-employed, the only person who can fire you is you!