Taking the leap…
Unfortunately, I fell ill in 2013 and had to spend some time in hospital. No-one was sure when I might be well enough to return to my current job but there was no way that I was going to put everything on hold and sit around doing nothing. I may not have been well enough to work a 9-5 but saw no reason why I couldn’t work around my health.
Looking back, I can see that the Universe was giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams. It was time to stop “playing” at business and start seriously working on it.
When that realization hit me, I picked up the phone (whilst still in a hospital bed) and made some phone calls. I spoke to my old boss, colleagues, ex-managers, friends and family and I told them that I was going to be self-employed the following month – which would be 1st January 2014) and that I would be offering my marketing services. At this point that included everything from social media to search engine optimisation (SEO) to copywriting to PR.
I feel incredibly grateful that I was able to line up enough work that I was able to hand in my notice and become self-employed full time in the New Year. I was now in a position where I could look after my health and pursue my dream of running my own business. Talk about silver linings!
Word of mouth and networking was invaluable in those early days, but I also set to work building my online presence so that I could attract more clients and secure more work. I experienced first-hand what an incredible gift social media can be!
Fast forward to now, my services focus on the area of marketing that I’m incredibly passionate about – social media. I teach and support other entrepreneurs to use social media effectively to grow their own businesses and, in January 2018 another one of my dreams came true when I published my very first book – The Social Media Handbook for Soulful Entrepreneurs.
Social media has opened up so many opportunities for me and I now work with entrepreneurs all over the world to help them do the same!