An Executive Decision
By leahmsilverman on February 07, 2012
What I don’t have, at this time, is any paying clients. I’ve been certified since April 2011—something I accomplished with the aid of my own Lactation Consultant and some friends I made through her breastfeeding support group. If I had stayed in Tallahassee, FL (ew) I would have remained in that network, and I’m pretty sure I’d be able to call it a real business by now. But, very shortly after I received my certification, I moved to a new area and have yet to gather any real kind of clientele. Part of that is because I’m mostly concerned with raising my Things and part of it is just because I’m sort of lazy. But, also, my attempts at networking have mostly just fallen flat. It would seem that the people who deal with breastfeeding mamas in this community (pediatricians, family doctors, OBs, and midwives) aren’t really interested in referring patients to me. Whether its because they don’t think breastfeeding is that big of a deal or because they just don’t know me, I’m not sure. Either way, the result is the same.
I have been able to help several mamas establish good breastfeeding relationships with their babies. Mostly friends and friends of friends. And mostly online, through email, or over the phone. All pro bono. Which is fine, because I’m totally not it in for the money. I can’t even begin to express how much it means to me—how fulfilling and personally satisfying it is—to be able to help another mama breastfeed. After everything I went through with Things 1 and 2, it just seems like it makes it all worth it. It makes everything right.
It would be nice, though, to make enough money to pay for the annual fee on the website. And, in my wildest dreams, make enough money to justify more training and conferences and stuff. THAT would be awesome.
ANYWAYS, about the website…
I’m thinking about switching to my website from dreamhost to either wordpress or blogger. A unique URL with worpress is id="mce_marker"7, with blogger is id="mce_marker"0, and with dreamhost is id="mce_marker"20. Since this is a hobby I have going here, it seems like a financially sound decision. And since my website is pretty simple and I don’t care about a super fancy design, I think either worpress or blogger would be just fine for my purposes.
So, the question is, which one? I use blogger for my blogs now and am very happy with it. But, I know that with wordpress I would have a little bit more design freedom. But, do I really care about that? Maybe I just want to stick with what I’m familiar with?
What to do, what to do…