A month ago I decided to go for it. I handed my notice in at my current job and headed out into the freelance world. It was something I had been thinking about for a while. Seeking a better balance and more flexibility to work around my two children. It’s been an incredible month of mostly ups and a few downs.
The support I’ve received has been huge. From friends, old work colleagues, and family all reaching out to offer advice, make introductions and pass on work. The biggest surprise has been the goodwill from strangers. Those out there doing the same – going it alone. And why not, there’s enough room for all of us.
I’m looking forward to attending a few networking events in the next few months and checking out the groups aimed at supporting women in business. Always one for backing other women, I’m keen to meet some like minded souls.
I’ve never felt so exposed as to launching Happy Communications. I’m someone who puts my heart and soul into everything and not everyone will get me and my company. But it’s worth it.
I have had a few setbacks. A potential client meeting I turned up to and they were a no show. A couple of phone meetings that were forgotten by others. But to be expected, and actually they’re not my people. The good far outweighs the bad. And the sense of freedom I have, the ideas and inspiration bubbling away, the excitement tells me I’ve made the right choice.
I’ve enjoyed some great meetings, even one where we took along our children (gasp! – truly wonderful), and calls with brilliant creative people. Real conversations about important work. Laying foundations for the future.
My first client kicks off in April and I really can’t wait to help their work get the recognition they deserve. They do so much good for charity and are a Cambridge family company with heritage and years of expert knowledge. A brilliant way to start.
Best of all working at home means I can stay in my PJs all day… 😊