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snippets and top tips, by Olivia Lane-Nott
Originally posted in April 2016, with more people recently asking me about setting-up on their own, I have refreshed this post.
Eight years ago this month, I set-up my consultancy at my kitchen table, I hope the following is of use to people who find themselves in the same exciting position...
Who would have thought that in the last month I would have spoken to a total of nine friends and ex-colleagues who have been asking me for top tips about setting up their own consultancy and starting up on their own?
This month, it is eight years since I started my business at my kitchen table.
That turned into a desk in our front room, and then we converted the small old wash house in our back garden for my office (photo above - I miss my apple crate shelving and long workbench!), then we moved house (just down the road and I found a long desk thanks to Peppermill Interiors) and now I have my office which is very much separate from home life which is much easier!
I have built-up my consultancy business to advise some wonderful clients, and I haven’t looked back - a big thank you to all past and present clients.
I tap into a brilliant network of suppliers: design & creative agencies, digital providers, printers, photographers, signage companies etc.
I’m in my office probably one to two days a week, and go out to clients on the other days.
I’m always so flattered to be asked for advice on starting-up on your own.
So I thought I would list the top things that I couldn’t live without and my top tips:
Running your own business is brilliant.
To quote a very wise man close to me who has run his own business for nearing 40 years: "the highs are high, and the lows are low".
But if the last eight years are anything to go by, there are many more highs than lows and I would recommend it to anyone. What are you waiting for?
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