Many of you may have read that I have taken that all important (and equally terrifying) leap of faith and started up my own marketing company here in Aberdeen. Hand on heart, it’s not something I ever thought I would do. I had a pretty successful career in marketing management that I had worked incredibly hard for over the last decade. I had even been so organised as to set myself a position and salary goal that I wanted to reach before we tried for baby number 2. All was on track and going well. However, my world came tumbling down 2 weeks into my maternity leave when I was made redundant from a sector that is in a rather heavy decline at the moment in Aberdeen. Let’s just say, timing wasn’t great when it comes to taking stock and assessing the possibilities.
We decided as a family that I would allow myself to enjoy baby MM first…career choice could wait. As the end of my SMP was fast approaching I started to do my sums and get pretty tough on myself. When I took commuting costs and the cost of childcare off my take home pay, I started to weigh up my options…was there anything I could do freelance or blogging related that would give me at least that amount?
Reality was, I had never intended to return to a full time position. I had wanted to tailor my hours more around school times when I returned, so I could spend more time with the girls…an option that was no longer there should I go back into a similar position. So I decided to take that leap of faith.
I had already been blogging for just over 2 years and with my marketing experience and qualifications, it made sense to set up on my own. It’s a terrifying prospect, but a journey that should give me the work life balance I never ever thought possible. I’m hoping it’s one of those weird twists of fate…what is it they say ‘what’s for you, won’t go past you.? Fingers crossed!
So if you ever find yourself in a similar position…when you think your chips are down…allow yourself to stick your head up for just a moment and remember what you have to offer and see if it’s something you can do on your own. Speak to your family and friends, people you may know who have set up in the past. Take all the advice you can get and listen to what everyone around you has to say, especially those you can trust to be 100% honest with you. By doing this, it stripped away any fear I had to take that first step. Because if you can take that first step…who knows where you’ll go.