It is one year ago this week that I decided to make the jump and follow my dream.
It is always daunting to do your own thing and in the first few months you need to expect that you're not going to bill huge numbers, if anything at all.
If you follow the path of self employment my best advice is:
Listen to where people need support.
Standard work hours don't exist.
Stick to things you're really good at.
If someone needs your help, say yes.
Some people will help you.
More want you to fail.
Re-invest when you can.
Build for the future.
Nobody knew that a pandemic was going to hit or that the business environment was going to be tough, but I still wouldn't change a thing.
Use your talents.
Develop new ones.
Look for new opportunities. They are there.
Don't be afraid to ask for help.
The one target I set myself was that I was going to try my best.
Even if I failed I knew I could sleep easy if I did the best I could with the time I had.
I feel I've done that.
I don't know what's going to happen in the next 12 months, nobody does, but I'll be busy, working, learning, adapting.
Best of luck.
Forge your own path.
Follow your heart.