In this post, I will share what inspired me to start my own freelance business. I will talk about my journey and introduce you to my formula for success. I will convey how you can do the same. If you are not enjoying your full-time work and looking to become your own boss, this post is for you.
I am dwelling on my earliest memories of what I wanted to do when I grew up, it was always that I wanted to be a teacher. I had some great teachers at school, and they had inspired me to want to pay it forward. When I became a teenager and realised how difficult the youthful years could be, I was changing my mind. I was then going to be a lawyer or work in a bank. So, after a few years working as a clerical assistant in various organisations, I got my first job in a Bank in 1976. I reached my dream job.
What was my journey like in the Corporate world?
I was enjoying working in that environment. I remember as a junior typist going into the branch manager’s office to take dictation. That was how it was back then. Daily, I took notes by shorthand and then typed up letters on the old manual typewriter. After a decade in the branches, I was transferred into Head Office and was now working as an Executive Assistant in Marketing.
A few years later I got my first break out of the so-called “Secretarial” post to work as a team member in Human Resources. I was very happy with this type of project work as I am an organiser. The job entailed organising several training events. After a few years, I became a Team manager which was quite an achievement for me, and I enjoyed the job and the responsibilities. It also gave me an opportunity to travel. I was also enjoying the collaboration with the external facilitators who were supporting the programmes.
The change to start a freelance business
I was not feeling that being a team manager was my forte. The team was spread over different locations. Management of the team brought challenges with varying personalities. I was not favouring the journey between two sites. Due to the workload, I was working at home out of hours. I found it tough to manage boundaries. I was feeling that I was always working. Also, it was a time when I was dealing with family members’ health issues which necessitated travel abroad. This took a toll on me. I was loathing asking to take time off from work.
To add to this, I was not feeling appreciated at work for the level of work I was investing in the job. I was feeling discouraged and wanted to feel in control of my time. I was loving the job and I wanted to do this for myself. If you are in this situation, I am empathising with you. I was dreading the journey into Central London on packed trains. I was working from home two days a week, and this helped but it was not enough. When there were some major internal changes in the team, I was feeling this was the right time to change direction.
What was the Aha moment for me
I was desiring a different challenge being unsure of what this was. Being good at my job and loving what I was doing, the search started. If I could only continue to do this and work for myself that would be ideal. My friend shared what a virtual assistant was, but I did not understand how that would work. It was in 2014 when I visited the Office Show and stopped by the stall of VACT that the aha moment came. I was intrigued by the idea of being a virtual assistant I wanted to get to it straight away.
My actions to start a freelance business
Afterward, I signed up. I got the training needed. I was thrust into getting my business off the ground. By the way, please read my ebook “How to Transition from Full-Time Work to Being Your Own Boss”. In the book, I give you the formula about what I did to make this a reality. I am telling you exactly what steps I took to ensure that I was able to start my own freelance business.
After reading my eBook and completing the activities, I feel that you should be able to complete at least 8 steps to ensure that you are in the position to start your freelance journey. My e-book will also impart the knowledge about what it means to be an entrepreneur and to identify the critical steps to succeed. The ebook will also support you so that you feel confident to take the next relevant step to go forward and be a freelancer.
Why did I write an e-book?
I wrote this e-book “How to Transition from Full-Time Employee to be your own boss” because my friends and acquaintances often asked me how I started my business. They wanted to know what steps I took whilst I was working full-time. If I had a penny for the number of times someone asked me this question, I would be a millionaire by now. These steps worked for me. I want to impart this information with anyone who is desiring to start a freelance business. It can be alarming. So, when you have a full-time job and you have a secure income coming in, it can be daunting. If you read my book, it will help you to get motivated and start to fuel the passion to get cracking.
“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.”– Oprah Winfrey
What do I want people to do about it?
Finally, I want you to stop fantasising about starting your own freelance business. I want you to start doing. In my book, you will find out what you need to do to launch your business.
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