A response on self-employment – Part 3

Last entry in this series. If there are things that don’t seem so clear, or that you might want me to be more specific about, feel free to comment below or contact me privately!

So there I sat, in October of 2007. Back in corporate America, making more money than ever. Why did I leave being self-employed for that? For some reason I thought that churches / ministries / individuals wouldn’t be willing to pay more for me to design them professional websites, blogs, etc. My fees when I left the camp to work on my own were too low, and the quality of work I was doing wasn’t near what it is today. So I decided to take the easy way out, and take an interview that a friend of mine hooked me up with. Got the job, and was sitting pretty for a while.

But God had other plans. God was curious how I gave it all up when He brought in enough work. My fees being low wasn’t his fault, it was mine! How about Gabe continue to offer better websites and blogs, and re-visit the self-employment / ministry world? So I did. I knew there was enough work coming in. The internet’s too big, and there are too many poor websites out there for that not to be true.

So here I am today! My fees are very competitive for what I offer, but are more than double what I was charging back in 2007. There have been tough spots along the way. Times when checks didn’t arrive when expected, projects took longer, and quite a few other obstacles. It’s not easy, I guarantee that. I believe the closer we get to doing what God has planned for us, the harder it might be for us. What I enjoy most is giving away what I know. That’s why Digital Disciples and the God’s Mac Podcast exist at all. Knowledge is not where it’s at…..it’s with a fear of the Lord when we start to gain real wisdom.

I don’t know where I’ll be next year. Our church has brought me on staff part-time, first at 5 hours per week and increasing to 15 hours per week these past 9 months. I will finish by making it even more clear that God has orchestrated the entire process. I haven’t spent a penny on advertising in all of the 5 years I’ve been on my own. My boss (and yours) seems to enjoy divine connections, and letting word of mouth sell the work He wants done. Saving me quite a bit of money, and bringing me closer to Him through it all. I wouldn’t change anything if I had to do it all over again!

PRAYING for those who have found this series challenging. God will never leave you, no matter where you are or what you are doing. PRAISING God for the clients He has lined up next year. The ones I haven’t met yet, and couldn’t reach even if I did purchase advertising.

  1. Chris Yoder

    Thanks for the reminder of God’s constant presence and guidance in our lives! You’re a blessing to my heart, Gabe! Momil:)

  2. loswl

    Great article, takes a lot of faith and endurance to meet the challenge of being self-employed, but with the economy being the way it is today, many people are making the choice to do just that, keep putting your trust in the Lord he will give you the strength to keep on, keeping on! :o)

  3. Thanks for the article… I am in a similar rut right now, that you were in a few years ago… God has provided me with the equipment, talent and even a customer base. I have realized that He has given me all I need to make this happen… even the desire… My problem is in my faith and trust… I see the nice, large, “steady” paychecks and I know it is the easy way out. I know where the problem is… and I am taking steps to fix it. I am learning a step at a time to trust God more and give up control. He has done everything else for me.
    Thanks again for posting the article… It is an inspiration.

  4. Gabe,

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us. It’s been great reading about how God has worked in your life.

    John

  5. Thanks for the posts, Gabe. I’m in sort of a similar boat… I work a full-time job, but I get to work from home several days a week. What I like to do is get up really early so that I can take a long break in the middle of the day with my family.

    How do you balance work and family life? Is it a battle for your wife to have you home all the time, but only ‘home’ sometimes?

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