A couple of years ago I tried to start a little business called Semanturgy Communications Services, then I found out I was pregnant and just decided to give up for the time being. In fact that was when I gave up blogging, quilting and really doing any sort of project for myself. Now I need to get back into the world financially, and while I’m also looking for a lateral entry teaching gig, this dream business is my backup plan.
My business offers a lot of services, partly because I figure I can get more business that way, and partly because I have so many interests that are all related (communication) that I figure I may as well put them all out there under one umbrella. Working in the Spanish and French languages, I can do translation, and I also offer tutoring and classes for all ages and levels. I already have curriculum developed for a beginning adult (or high school age) class, but I have lots of ideas for homeschool classes, preschool classes as well as classes for business and outreach where folks have a specific goal in mind when working in the other language.
For English, I can help with writing and editing or just freelance an article or newsletter myself.
All of these services are based on my passion for language and communication. When I am working on developing a class, it feels like playing to me. When I’m translating, I enjoy it so much that I feel like I’m just having fun with a puzzle, and yet I am completely absorbed and giving it my whole attention. There are few places in the world I’d rather be than surrounded by dictionaries, thesauri, paper, pen, google for historical references, etc. It’s a little embarrassing to be a language nerd, but maybe I can make it work to my advantage someday.
Of course, I can also see myself pouring this energy into a high school classroom, working to inspire kids to open up whole new worlds for themselves by being able to speak and read a new language. I admit I’m pretty scared of the politics and bureaucracy, disgusted by the grades and tests, and disheartened by the lack of vision of many administrators. If it were all about the words and the kids, I’d be in paradise.
So stay tuned to see if my relaunch crashes and burns, gets interrupted by some other job coming along, or ends up soaring into the stratosphere. And for heaven’s sake, if you have any advice or experience to share, please do so!