It is exactly six months since I became jobless. The charity (Unite Ltd) that I had worked for since 2005 closed and I and my colleagues were made redundant. A few of us set up our own businesses; not surprising considering the entrepreneurial culture at Unite. Sometimes it feels like I have been a gentleman of leisure for the past 26 weeks. I have not delivered payable work for most of those days. But when I look at my Excel spreadsheet with all the hours I have worked promoting my business I can see that I have worked every single one of those days. It might be an hour dealing with IT issues. Or time spent blogging (like this). Or a whole day spent preparing for a three-days mediation skills training course like the one I delivered in Sunderland last week.
It’s been a scary ride, and an exhilarating journey, but most of all it has been a liberating adventure. Not having a manager (though I had a great manager at Unite), working my own hours (mostly), being able to give myself the day off when I want to and most of all knowing that I am doing all of this myself. These are the things that are making it worthwhile. When I meet other business owners at networking events or at training events like the excellent Going for Growth three-days residential training course delivered by Enterprise Made Simple I get the impression of people experiencing things in a similar way; a mixture of trepidation and excitement. And it’s always good to meet them and swap stories (of success or otherwise) and share opportunities.
Basically, I’m very happy not to have a job. And I love being able to steer my own course. Even when it’s a bit of a bumpy ride.