I have often thought that there are a lot of synergies between being self-employed and homeschooling. One of them came up very early in this homeschooling journey when someone casually remarked that being bored at school might have to be endured just like sometimes we have to suck up a boring job in order to get the paycheque. At that time I was about 8 months into have made the decision not to do that and to work for myself instead. Homeschooling seemed like it was consistent with my own unwillingness to put up with stuff.
I’m enjoying the self-employed thing. It is going well. Over 3 years into it, I’m stepping back and doing some thinking about it and I’m going to make a few changes and make it work better. In the process, I’m meeting some interesting new people.
Artemis had a good post up the other day On Entrepreneurialism that really resonated for me. I recommend it. She credits her failure to see that “jobs” might not be for her to the strenght of parental conditioning. But I think that the need for a job, preferably a secure one with a pension, is a very powerful cultural discourse.
And given how illusory that security is — how many people went to work at the GM plant because it was a good, secure job? — and how dicey even those occupational pension schemes are also proving to be, much less savings invested in registered retirements plans (or that number with the k after it that the ‘mericans have) … Well, it seems to me that other options need to be looked at more favourably.
I’ve noticed that Tigger has an entrepreneurial bent. I’m trying to nurture that. It scares the living daylights out of her dad, but in a good way. I suspect more thoughts will be forthcoming.