This was the second post that ran on The Family CEO, back in March 2006. (Here is the first.) I could never have imagined then all the places this blog would take me.
For most of my married life I’ve been an economizer. I’m fairly practical by nature so it comes easily to me. And even though I’ve been at home full-time for the last 11 years, I’ve had a small, home-based business during that time and have contributed to my family in other economic ways.
Recently, however, I’ve decided to become even more conscious of ways and I can save and ways I can earn. I think of it as hiring myself as my family’s “Chief Economist.” And to make it more interesting I’ve started a spreadsheet of the ways I save and earn and what their monetary value to our family is. My goal is to earn the highest “salary” I can and part of my plan for this blog is to document those activities that help me do that.
Hiring yourself can work for anyone who wants to have more money, whatever your circumstance, whatever your goals. And while I use it as a way to contribute economically while staying at home, it can certainly be done alongside a job or business. The actions themselves may not be all that new but this way of thinking about it likely is. And keeping track of the actions and results will cause us to live more consciously and that’s a big part of what this is all about.