Our names are: Jerry and Nancy. We are a married couple that got tired of the 9-5 rat race and having to work like dogs hoping to get a raise year after year. Between the two of us, we have over 50 years of experience ranging from top C Level Executive Management to sales and administration. We lived a married life but separated most of the time by either business trips or work demands. Our children were being raised by our 20 years old nanny and our morals and values were not being transferred to our kids. We had little input in their lives, yet we had worked soo hard to have them with infertility problems, and were in fact working this hard again for our family. But we could hardly spend time with them. We did not have extra time to spend with the ones we love most…
Our kids were missing us, we were missing them… I felt like a single mom in a marriage and my husband was busy traveling the world and solving the Company’s problems that he had little time to focus on our issues. In fact, he did not even know most of the time that there were issues. Our kids were growing up, we were missing all kinds of children’s activities, my husband missed most of our kid’s firsts everything (first words, first steps, etc, etc) and I was trying to manage it all and manage all the disappointments that having to juggle it all brings.
Our kiddos were angry. They were mad at us and that showed up in tantrums, bad behaviors and all kinds of crazies.
Something had to change…
My husband came home one day saying that he had been laid off. That was a rude awakening for me. I knew then that he had to find a better way cause his being laid off meant that the house had to be sold and that we had to move, yet once again… our 7th move in 5 years. I was burnt. I was spent. I couldn’t move yet again…
So, I agreed to one more time, but this time would be the last. I told him exactly that. I remember the look on his face when I said that and he retorqued: ‘What do you mean?’ and that’s when I said: if this one does not work, we will do it my way…
He smiled and looked down – which meant: ‘Ya right’… I don’t believe you. But he relunctantly agreed. I bet not thinking twice about it…
Then 5 months later, once again he came home and had been laid off once again. The highest paid and the newest in the company usually are the first one to go in a corporate downturn. He came home that day, not looking like himself. He waited a bit, an hour or so, and then he told me the latest news. He was scared to tell me: I could tell looking at him that something was wrong. The look in his eyes was awful. As if he had been defeated. I was worried at first. I thought he might had gone to the Doctor and might be sick… But I patiently waited until he was ready to talk. He then came to me and told me the news and that once again, he had been laid off.
My immediate reaction was to start jumping up and down and yelling: YES! I was ecstatic. Soo happy. He thought I had lost my mind… He then asked me what the heck was wrong with me and why I was acting so weird and I said: You are the missing piece to this puzzle. Now that you are free, you can do this with me. We can build our business together: I said all this while I was dancing around like a crazy person.
It took him a while to realize that I was serious and that I had not lost my mind. My enthusiasm at the news helped him get over the ‘blues’ quickly and we immediately proceeded to make plans as to how we were going to make this all happen for our family.
First we had to move and sell the house. If we stayed in CA, we had 6 months savings. If we went to a cheaper state, we would have about 1.5 yrs. So, it was a no brainer. We put the house on the market and it literally was sold 2 days later. #boom.
Now, we needed to figure out where we were going to go. We knew we needed a tax-free state because we did not was to pay the CA state tax. As Entrepreneurs, a no-state tax versus a state tax, can make a huge difference. So, we had few choices. NV, FL, TX were our top picks. We settled on NV because it was close to CA and we could just drive back if we wanted to hit the beach and it was closer than any other options to our existing team in CA. FL was too far from our team, even though it had the enticing picturesque lifestyle we wanted.
So, NV was our choice. We moved here to build our businesses and are doing just that! We are creating a community of support, love, fun and excitement.
Would you be ready to sell your house, move your family and take that kind of Leap of Faith to make your dreams a reality?
I hope your answer is a big fat YES!
We cannot wait to hear your story.
Nancy and Jerry
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