Uncomfortably Comfortable

The worst week of work I’ve had in a LONG, LONG time is finally coming to a close.  I won’t go into details here.  They’re not important anyway.  I have finally made the decision that it is time for me to “explore other opportunities.”  On some level, I’ve known for two years but I kept finding myself getting reeled back in by the next big project or the potential for new growth in business.  All I’ve ended up doing is wasting those 2 years.  My skills have stagnated and I had become too comfortable with the low-level misery to be willing to give up the pay and benefits.  After all, I have a mortgage to pay and a household to support.

I’ve been like the hound on the porch wimpering because he sat on a nail but isn’t motivated to get off of it.  Well, the time has come to get off that nail and get back to growth and a healthy work situation.

I’d like to take the leap and go into business for myself, but I’m having trouble isolating what kind of business that would be.  The most natural move would be into web design as I’ve been doing it *GASP* since the 90’s.  I’m well versed in WordPress and less so in Joomla, and both are far better than the way we used to do it — hand coding HTML.  I also have a pretty extensive eBay auction background.  I’d love to help you with either of these.

I’m a bit of a website snob these days and I have a hard time tolerating poor design (which makes me cringe every time I see the current header of this site).  The area that I see really needs some help is the restaurant industry.  Either a restaurant has a fantastic, well-executed site or it is completely awful or even non-existent.  I think I could really help some people in what is truly a cut-throat industry.

Please pray for God to help me with my vision of the next steps of my work life.  If you have any suggestions or encouragement, I’d gladly accept it.


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  • Bethanygl23

    Praying for you. Love you, Raun

  • http://www.thebootstrapcoach.com/ Josh Bulloc

    What is your next action down this path and when do yo plan to complete it?

  • http://www.backyardlifeblog.com Raun Lauterbach

    There’s the rub, Josh.  I have 2 issues.  First, I don’t necessarily feel called to do this type of work.  (I go into this frustration a little more in tomorrow’s post.)  It’s just work that I can do and generally be satisfied with the results.  Second, I am struggling to visualize the steps to go from here to there.  I can see the end point, but I see nothing but fog in between.

    I’d love to feel like I’m making a little progress each day, but I’ve been talking about starting this web design service on and off for 6 years.  I’m just not sure it’s the direction I’m supposed to go.

  • http://www.thebootstrapcoach.com/ Josh Bulloc

    You may never know until you give it a go.  You can call it an experiment where you figure out if it is what you are supposed to do.  At the very least you will learn from it.  Have you thought about joining us on 48days.net on the pursuing your calling group?

  • http://www.backyardlifeblog.com Raun Lauterbach

    That’s true. One thing that seems to be a recurring theme for me over the past 10 years is ecommerce. I’ve been selling things on and off that whole time whether it is on websites or ebay, etc. Maybe that’s where I need to look.

    I just joined the group tonight. I’m not sure what took me so long.

  • Jimmysnacksbbq

    Amen brother.
    Raun if theirs anyone who knows what your going threw It’s me. Raun we have had many long talks about this same situation. If there is anyone who is more ready to take The Big Leap It’s you.

    Mr. Lauterbach
    If it wasn’t for you there would be No Jimmy Snacks BBQ, and that’s the truth Ruth.

  • http://www.backyardlifeblog.com Raun Lauterbach

    Thanks for the encouragement — and keep going with Jimmy Snacks. You have an opportunity to build something HUGE!