This is a short story about a man and a job. It’s about saying goodbye to cubicles and commutes and saying hello to living your own life.
Before I share it, I want to say this blog post is about me. It’s my story.
As backdrop, here’s a primer I wrote in February 2013 on deciding to leave self-employment.
That never happened.
I tried. I was hired by three companies last year — two for full-time work, one for part-time. One lasted a week, the other two each lasted six months. The contract ended for one and I quit the other.
I return to Joshua’s picture.
When I began working for myself in 2008, I consulted. I helped small business owners, large business managers, nonprofit directors, and anyone in between with social media. Maybe they wanted help understanding Twitter or building a Facebook page or designing a blog or starting on LinkedIn. I did it all.
I later taught digital marketing workshops on those specific topics to individuals and small groups. I found my calling as a teacher. Over the past 2-3 years, I developed syllabi and curricula and led digital marketing courses to over 100 students aged 18 to 78. I was an instructor at two community colleges and an adjunct professor at two private colleges.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. –Steve Jobs
— Kim Garst ? (@kimgarst) May 7, 2014
I enjoy teaching and I’m actively scouting opportunities. I’m open to colleges and universities and am beginning to meet with instructors and deans for adjunct assignments.
I’m also scheduling 1-on-1 trainings with micro/small business owners to teach them the fundamentals of Facebook and LinkedIn. I’m noticing most so-called Main Street business owners aren’t there or don’t understand it. And they’re starting to tell their peers about me and my easy way of explaining what everything is and why it’s important.
I’m working half-time as project manager for a nonprofit organization involved in historic preservation. Inclusive of social media, the role is more than that. I’m writing, performing research and visiting places, and even creating a geocaching adventure.
It’s my hope that teaching and training in Facebook/LinkedIn will comprise the rest of my time.
I like Joshua’s pictures. Here’s a link to his blog on minimalism.
I really don’t want a full-time job in marketing or communications or media or those other subjects I blogged about in the past. I don’t want the cubicle. I don’t want the commute. I do want a sustainable future but I feel I can accomplish that with my objectives without giving in to The Man. Maybe I’ll feel differently later but I don’t think so. My mother continues to worry but I am trying to live my own life — and I am trying my hardest to make a difference.
People are noticing. I was recently flown to Syracuse University to speak to students about digital marketing best practices. And, next week, I’m on the agenda at a social media conference at UMass Boston.
Post Script: I am also campaigning for State Representative. This is an elected role and it is a full-time job. Most State Reps have side businesses in law or medicine or education or consulting. I would continue to teach/train when not legislating. It’s part of who I am and what I like to do.
Please visit my campaign website and click around. If you feel inspired to help me buy literature and materials so I can win, contribute something? The link is there. Thanks kindly.