Today would have technically been my last day in work. Instead it is my last day of being a full time employee! So it’s closer to my final goal. There’s lots of reasons behind my decision, so I thought to mark the day, I would share all of this with you!
Why did I decide to stay on?
So as I’ve discussed in my first post I Quit, I mentioned the issues I was experiencing with a member of staff. This person has now moved on to other things, so there is a has been a collective sigh. I’m feeling less anxiety when I’m going to work, or if I have to be on call with this person and generally the atmosphere has improved. So that has been a massive improvement.
As this person has left the team, we’ve gone from 6 to 5. Another member of the team is off on sabbatical very soon, so we’d go from 5 to 4. Add in me leaving and that would cut the team in half effectively. All within a very short period of time. I know it’s not my responsibility as such, but I’d rather not dump on the team if I can help it. I work with some excellent people and I don’t need to make it harder for them to transition. A new team lead role has been advertised, so I’ve no doubt we’ll find a replacement soon. I will return to being a normal member of staff.
By stepping back from being the team lead, I have the option to go part time. This means I’m going to be working Monday through Wednesday in the office, leaving Thursday through Sunday as my time. I took a week off last week, a mix of holiday time and unpaid leave. I spent this time really focusing on what I had to do and to be honest I barely scratched the surface. I focused a lot on my own social media presence, which has helped me prove a few theories. I’ve also purchased all my business urls – I’ll do a big announcement once I go “live”. I also picked up the matching social media accounts. I had multiple meetings and officially now have a client to work with, as well as proposal to another client going through. Both very exciting. I’ve started a branding course, an area I need to polish up on. Along with all the other boring admin things that are needed.
When I say I’ve barely scratched the surface, I really mean it. Having this week off has been wonderful, it has helped confirm that I am on the right path. That although I was working 14hour days, sometimes longer, I was incredibly happy. I didn’t notice the time. I just knew I was going forward. So I am undoubtedly doing what is best for me. For now I have some financial security coming from working part time, this means I can be more selective in the work I take on. I want to make sure I have good working relationships with me client, it must be a good fit for both parties involved. Having some more financial security helps with this.
I’m going to keep going forward with my business. I’m also in the process of writing a book that will make a lot of this much more accessible, this might progress to a course – as we know by now, I’m more comfortable in front of a camera! So this might evolve into something.
I also have a multitude of blogger/vlogger events going on at the minute, so I will be making sure to share all of these exciting things with you too.
I will take you on every step of my journey to becoming the entrepreneur I know I will be, we’ll learn together and hopefully you can learn from my mistakes! I wanted to say a massive thank you for the outpouring of support, for allowing me the room to create new content that is removed from the beauty world, for accepting me as I am and cheering me on. It means the absolute world to me, I doubt I can ever express how much it all means. Thank you.