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I am a successful entrepreneur that gets to work from home. I am enjoying my sons as they are growing up.

About Rick Rule

Posted on November 17, 2009

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Rick Rule

I have had a varied career experience. Not having the money for college, I earned a 4 year Army ROTC scholarship. I served 4 years of active duty with tours in Seoul, South Korea and Ft. Hood, TX. I also got to learn how to jump out of perfectly good airplanes. I was a Captain when I got off active duty.

I became a civilian during a down time in the economy. I was able to get a job with the Federal Government but I had to take a $10,000 per year pay cut from what I was receiving as a Captain. Ouch!

I next got a job with a small firm with a small raise. The problem with this job was that I was expected to put extremely long hours for no extra compensation. That was not mentioned in the job interview. My wake up call was when our puppy we had gotten six weeks before started treating me like a strange invader whenever I came home. The week after I turned in my resignation, they axed the entire department. That was a narrow escape!

I then moved to a Fortune 500 retailer. I started over again on the career ladder and worked my way up. This was especially challenging because I knew more about the work that the department was doing than my bosses. Ultimately, I worked my way to the top of my career ladder where I could not expect any more promotions. I also learned that my performance reviews were budgeted before I actually did the work.

At this time, we had our second son and my wife wanted to stay home with him. Effectively, this cut our income in half. I had to find some way to make up difference.

In 2000, I moved to a ‘dot com’ company to take advantage of the tech bubble going on at the time. Within six months, the ‘dot bombs’ started dropping and my stock options went from early retirement to bird cage lining. Again, I was working long hours. My youngest son’s memory of that time was that when I would come home, they were already eating dinner or had already finished it. If we went to a restaurant, I would have to meet them there. I was denied raises because ‘You already make too much.’ Eventually, after three years, I was laid off.

All during my adult life, I had been doing things on the side, consulting, building computers, etc. After I was laid off, I became my own boss full time. I have been able to spend time with my boys as they have grown. I’ve often been the only dad at school parties, concerts and other activities. One of my best times came as the only dad who chaperoned with my son’s school choir on a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. I was able to create memories with him that will last both our lifetimes.

I have more control over my income and my life. Since I work from home, high gas prices don’t affect me that much. When layoffs are occurring, they don’t affect me. I am mastering multiple steams of income to solidify my security. My philosophy is now to pursue freedom to gain security.

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