Alison Hargrove Post from ISS Facebook page:
Just a little encouragement for those who are graduating soon or recently graduated: I completed my taxes and was so proud of myself for the income I had earned last year. I didn’t make a lot. My schedule is limited because I have two babies at home. But almost all the money I made was straight profit! You can’t get any better than that for a first-year self-employed person. I deducted the transaction fees I had to pay, as well as my home office deductions, but other than that there were no expenses.
I used to be a loan officer at a bank, and I had so many self-employed individuals who applied for loans and would say they made X amount per year, but when I looked at their tax returns, they told a different story. Scoping is a great business to get into, as it requires little up-front cost and very little continuing expenses.
When I signed up for ISS, I was hesitant because of the cost of the program, but I told myself if I could just recoup that money in a reasonable amount of time, then there would be no harm done if I didn’t want to continue. I have recouped my initial cost, plus a significant profit, in my very first year, and I’m so happy I chose this program. I don’t have to spend money to make money, I get to spend time with my family as I choose, and my work is interesting and fulfilling.From a private message: I didn’t want to get off topic in my post, but I also love getting to decide who I do and do not want to work with. I’ve experienced a lot of discouragement in my corporate career path because I don’t interview well. I’ve lost out on many positions I was qualified for because I didn’t do well in an interview. With scoping, I never have to interview for a job again, and the ball is in my court as to what information I use to market myself to reporters. I love that I can match myself up with people I naturally get along with easily. It makes working so fun! Thanks, Linda!Keep on going, students and new grads! It will be worth it when you achieve your new work-from-home career.