9. I make a comfortable income. Not long ago I applied to Petsmart for an open dog trainer position. I thought it would be easier than starting my business over again in a whole new community. They offered me the job, but for what they would have paid me I'd need to work an entire day to make what I currently bring in for one hour-long private lesson. I won't buy a luxury vacation home on my income, but it works for us.
8. I get to work with an endless variety of different dogs. All different breeds, ages, personalities and problems and successes.
7. My dogs get to be part of my day, all the time. Even better than "take your dog to work day," I get to involve my dogs in my work.
6. My work is varied. I do marketing, customer service, accounting, continuing education, networking... there's always something different to do.
5. Puppy breath. Need I say more?
4. I meet wonderful people. I am welcomed into my client's homes and their lives. Many of my clients have become close friends and have provided support for me when I've needed it. It wouldn't be the same without all the amazing clients.
3. I am my own boss. It's just so cool to be in charge of yourself.
2. My job allows me to be, in some ways, both a stay-at-home mom and a working mom at the same time. It's always a precarious balance, but I love the way my job lets me be close to my son and to be far more involved in his life than I would be if I spent 8 hours a day in a cubicle somewhere.
1. Dog training is my passion. I'd do it for free (but sorry guys, the utility companies, the grocery store and the landlord don't feel the same way!). What more could you ask for in life?
|Mary Majchrowski and her son, Ethan at Mount Hood, OR|