Juggling Home/Career/Children in a Foreign Land - By Judith Isaacson
When we moved 6000 miles away from our families 22 years ago, I certainly
never imagined I would be working in the business my grandfather established way
Way back when there was no internet, no low cost international telephone service,
no e-mail, and no digital photography.
My children are grown up now, and I theoretically COULD leave the house and find
outside employment, but I have now chosen not to take that path. This time the decision
is a calculated one.
Throughout my family`s childhood and teen years, I solved the "where to be first
issue" by working from home. My hard-earned M.Sc. degree in Human Resource Administration
was shelved - although I would like to think I applied some of the key principles
to running our in-house human resources. As a fluent English speaker in a foreign
country, armed with the latest computer equipment in my own home when computers
were fairly new even in offices, I opened an English-language word processing business
out of a corner of my living room.
My clients came from the nearby academic centers and new hi-tech industry park.
As word processing became more sophisticated, I moved on to desktop publishing and
soon creating books, brochures, and journals. I attended seminars, read the literature
and soon expanded my services to offer copywriting and marketing communication.
Over the years my portfolio grew and I felt a special frisson whenever I saw a company
with my marketing material succeed.
All the while, the children were growing up, and although often pressured from
the deadlines and demands of not one boss, but many -- as is the plight of the independent
business person -- I was able to "be there" for them and participate in school and
Over the years, I co-authored a book, established, published and wrote an online
magazine with two women partners, and with them also built an online business. All
this while, my children graduated high school, served in the army, traveled abroad,
returned, left home, returned, had a baby, worked abroad, returned, got a girlfriend
(who knows? he doesn`t tell me anything ), and we built a house. Now I have a fabulous
corner office looking out on the garden and my husband has his own sanctuary upstairs.
And then my father surprised me during a routine touch-base
telephone call, which he later backed up with an e-mail note. "I`ve been thinking
Maybe you see a way to use the internet for our business? Is there a way you could
direct something like that?"
Well, blow me away. I just happened to be at a crossroads. My husband was preparing
to set out on a two-week long
male-bonding trek in the Himalayas, I was recuperating from a torn miniscus operation,
my son was nearing the end of his army duty, the downturn in high tech and in tourism
had negatively effected my bottom line, I cherished drop in visits to my little
granddaughter, and I needed an opportunity I could sink my teeth into.
When Joel headed east to trek, I headed west to create a new interface to a 90-year-old
family business, Maurice Goldman Fine Jewelry http://www.mauricegoldman.com
Over the last eight months, the learning curve has been steep. Within 2 weeks
of opening our eBay store, the fraudsters were running rampant.
David Bloom wrote in from Cremona, Italy, with ready cash for a $20,000 sapphire
ring, and a strong recommendation that we use an escrow service to protect him from
losing his hard earned cash. It`s true that he never spoke about protecting us from
losing our hard earned merchandise At the eleventh hour, well, actually at 8 AM
in my pajamas in front of the computer screen, with the aid of my calm, dependable
and analytical husband, I avoided our first theft in the virtual world. We learned
that not all escrow sites are created equal, and that the one our "customer" "recommended"
was a fraud. In his last e-mail note to me, Mr. Bloom lamented that the site was
phony, and that he had just suffered a loss of $20,000. Couldn`t we have told
Other would-be sales included stolen credit cards (this is apparent when the
buyer suggests that you take MORE money than you the posted sales price to cover
charges), more fraudulent escrow sites, money transfer deals, and a bank check swindle.
As Joel points out, the crooks are always a step ahead.
My work vocabulary has grown exponentially, as has my respect for the business
world in general, and my father in particular. Our business issues are the same:
to source new products, to market and sell to a growing customer base, and to avoid
theft and fraud. But whereas my Dad deals with the real world, my business is virtual.
I find the global reach of the virtual world tremendously satisfying and very neat.
Customers tell us that our online presence means they can acquire goods otherwise
unavailable in their small towns.
So here I am in Israel, promoting and selling jewelry that is in New York, to
customers around the world, without leaving the house. The process of building and
handling the internet extension of our family business, and combining family, home
and business brings me full circle. My cup runneth over.
Judith Isaacson lives in Israel
from where she develops virtual connections for the family jewelry busines s which
is based in New York. This work formula leaves flexibility to interface in real
time with her 2 year old granddaughter.
Children articles index
- Brains on Fire: The Multimodality of Gifted Thinkers - By Brock Eide
- laying Baby Computer Games ? The New Parent-Child Tradition? - By Emma
- Book Excerpt: Einstein Never Used Flash Cards - By Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph
- Putting Fun Into Parenting - By David Stoepker, Psy.D., & Erin Brown Con
- Preparing Your Child for a High-Tech Future - By Sue Sato
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Predominantly Inattentive
- Abandonment - By Sonya Green
- Explaining Suicide to Children - by Tracy Pierson
- Our Children`s Needs - by Robert Elias Najemy
- How to Develop Self-Esteem in Children - By J. Bailey Molineux, Ph.D.
- Helping Children Overcome Stress and Fear - By Debbie Milam
- Do you Shout at YOUR children? - By James Middleton
- Book Excerpt: Helping Children with Autism Learn - By Bryna Siegel,
- SPEED SPELLING: Another way to use speed reading skills for "schoolwork&q
- Children and Stress - By Laura Silva Quesada
- Boundaries- Why Are They Needed? - by Derek Randel & Gail Randel M.D.
- Juggling Home
- Explaining World tragedy to Children - By Chick Moorman and Thomas Ha
- Children and Pessimism - By Carol Tuttle
- Loving Yourself, Loving Your Children - By Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
- Social Manners for Children - By Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach
- The Sexual Abuse of Children - By J. Bailey Molineux
- A Few Simple Truths About ADHD and Stimulant Drugs - By Steve Edelman1,
- DYSLEXICS and A.D.D. KIDS BECOME GIFTED SPEED READERS - by George Stanc
- Using Feng Shui for Better Behaved Children - By Kathryn Weber
- Book Excerpt: Helping Children with Autism Learn - By Bryna Siegel,
- Five Keys to Raising Nonviolent Children - By Tammy Cox, LMSW
- The Best Way to Reduce Stress: Start Young - By Zach Brull
- Your Child?s Self-Esteem is in The Cards - By Susan Howson
- Calming Tips for Hyperactive Children - By Jeannine Virtue
- What is ADHD? - By Jeannine Virtue
- Talking to Your Children About Sex - By Jan Andersen
- How Our Children Really Learn And Why They Need To Play More And Memo
- HOW DO WE PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM PREDATORS? - By Linda J Alexander,
- Teach Children Positive Self-Image Through Fitness - By Lynn Bode
- No Invitation Needed -- Part 3 of 3 Sacred Children Series - By Skye T
- Helping Our Children Feel Good About Themselves - By Dr.Barbara Becker Hol
- Unidentified Stepfamily Zones - Discoveries Made at a Stepfamily Confer
- Divorce and Children: Things To Consider When You`re Staying Married
- Six facts you should know to empower your teaching. - By Emmanuel
- Are You in an Abusive Situation? - by Colin Gabriel Hatcher & Randall
- The Divorce Revolution Has Failed - By J. Bailey Molineux
- Is Your Child Well-Mannered? - By Mary Jesse
- Jesus` Birthday -- Part 2 of 3 Sacred Children Series - By Skye T
- Empty Nesters: What Should You Do Once the Children Leave? - By Mary Guar
- We should celebrate the diversity of children and adults - By Robyn M
- How to Cope with Back to School Stress - By Debbie Mandel
- HIS KIDS: BECOMING A W.O.W. STEPMOTHER - by Julie Donner Andersen
- ADD / ADHD Children : Being Your Child`s Best Friend - By Kate Hufst