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Hello March

by RosieS on March 18, 2014

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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.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen Arnison March 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm

You’re right about every threat being an opportunity. And the best of luck in your new venture. I can’t wait to learn more about it.

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RosieS March 18, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Thanks so much, Ellen!

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Jean March 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I’m so glad you’ve turned that obstacle into a positive. It all sounds very exciting! I’m going to wish you luck, although you’re so hardworking and determined I don’t think luck will be needed. Xx

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RosieS March 18, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Thanks Jean. It’s definitely exciting. Quite daunting too! Yes, I’m blumming determined when I put my mind to things. Stubborn, some would say! xx

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Chris March 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Mwah. Just that, to show I was here and because comments are lovely, reassuring things. I am so, SO proud of you my darling girl. Xxxx

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Maddy@writingbubble March 19, 2014 at 9:59 am

I was sorry to hear about your job ending but it sounds as though you are turning it into something positive. Down south should be a much better place to launch a business so your move there makes sense even though your contract has come to an end. The new venture sounds exciting! Good luck with it all xx

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helloitsgemma March 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

high fives you.
well done and I predict good things.

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Gretta at Mums do travel March 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

Rosie, that sounds great. Whatever your plan is I know it will be fab and I can’t wait to hear what it is xx

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Frog Mom March 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

Hey Rosie, good luck in your new endeavors. Turning around a situation requires willpower and a positive attitude, and I know you got plenty of that. May your marketing plan progress smoothly.

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nappyvalleygirl March 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Good for you! I really admire you for starting your own business, it takes real drive to do that. I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing more about it.

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Family Affairs April 5, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Good for you xx

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