I’ve discovered recently that if you’re a blogger and you haven’t written a post in a while, your fingers start to twitch. You find yourself reading blogs and thinking about your own, wondering what to write, where to begin, what to say.
So I thought I’d start here, at the beginning.
My contract at work came to an end at the beginning of the year. It was half expected but not totally, so it caught me by surprise. I’d had a sense before Christmas that the end was in sight and my worst fears were confirmed in the New Year. Not the best start to 2014 admittedly, and not the easiest of Christmasses, but here’s the thing. We’re fine, life has continued and after several months of angst and soul searching, some incredibly important decisions have been made.
I haven’t blogged about the last couple of months because I needed time to make those decisions, and time to consult family, ponder a little, sulk a little, say goodbye to my previous work life and get a few things straight in my head.
When one door closes another opens, they say. But what if there are several doors and you are not sure which one to pick, especially when you know the direction you decide to take will determine the course of the next ten years or so?
So I weighed up a few pros and cons, looked at the job market, had a few interviews and tried to work out what it would be like if I had to leave home early in the morning and arrive home late at night – what that would mean for our quality of life and how I’d cope with not seeing much at all of IJ.
Then there are childcare costs on top of everything else, and suddenly the glossy job in London didn’t seem quite so glossy and I made the decision to work for myself, for the time being at least.
Knowing my job was under threat, I worked solidly over Christmas and set up my own company. It’s an ecommerce venture. A little different to anything I’ve tried my hand at before. My experience is in retail and digital so I’m combining the two. I commissioned a logo and branding designs, worked with a web designer, researched the market, sourced products and created, what I’m hoping will be a future for the two of us.
Of course companies don’t launch over night and can take years to return a profit, so I’m also planning on doing some consultancy alongside it. That means another website, plus training materials and a marketing plan.
So I’ve been busy. I’ll share some of the details when I’m past the planning stage. It’s surprising what you can achieve under pressure and when you’re absolutely determined that now you’ve moved to south and got that secondary school place you worked for, you’re 110% determined not to give up.
Which is why it’s taken a while to write a post. There’ll be plenty more to follow I’m sure.
*The photo at the top has nothing really to do with this post. I just liked it.