Following 22 years of employment, I recently joined the ranks of the self-employed by launching my own business and personal development coaching practice (www.chrismillercoaching.co.nz). The business had been 2 years in development, with the service model, branding and client attraction / retention strategy constant areas of discussion with my circle of advisors and friends in business.The first 100 days in business have brought:
- Complete creative freedom (vs the restraints of employment)
- Time is my own and a 9-5 rhythm a thing of the past
- Being my own boss - only one person can hold me accountable for my commitment to the business (though friends and family help cheer and nudge me along)
- A feeling of Unlimited Potential (financial, client impact, self-expression etc)
- 'Sick days' and 'unpaid leave' become meaningless when self-employed; it all results in lost opportunity
- Adding value wherever I can, and realising that every relationship has the potential to grow my business or boost / damage my reputation (even when you least expect it)
- The realisation that people are willing to pay me for the value I can add to their business or their life
- The security of regular paychecks are a distant memory; invoicing for my time / value is the new normal
- Operating solo can be lonely, but business advisors, strategic partners and great clients can fill the need for social interaction.
Above all, I expected fear, stress, uncertainty and a few crises as I launched this business. None of these have materialised, which suggests I am on the right track, very lucky, living my purpose and loving the joyful experience of running a business I am extremely proud of!!