One year ago today on 12 August 2019 I opened my laptop to start my very first full week as my own boss.It was weird not commuting, and I wasn't quite sure if I should get dressed or not*. (At the time, we were in the middle of a very delayed kitchen renovation so actually I had that decision made for me when a tiler let himself into our flat without knocking at 7.30am, but that's another story.)
The months beforehand had been filled with company set-up admin, legalities, logo design (the picture below is the very first sketch I did before a great graphic designer turned it into a "proper" logo!), discussions on contracts, planning, forecasting and website writing. So, I felt as ready as I could be(!!)
Well, if I had known that this first year of business would have included: not having a base for the first month; relocating to a new area; 6 weeks of medical appointments; four months of Coronavirus lockdown; and a huge ongoing downturn in the economy hitting the industries I advise the hardest, I am not sure I would have taken the step. Its tough right now and we are all feeling it. However, I am really glad I did take that step, because getting through all of the above has given me so much confidence and I know it will make my business (and me) stronger in the long run.