Starting your own business is new for me, let’s take a look at how others have fared and what tips they can offer as they tackle managing their time in my new theme: business start-ups
First up is Madia, an NHS physiotherapist turned pregnancy and post-pregnancy support therapist specialising in Pilates and massage. She started out working for herself full time last year and has spared a couple of moments in her busy schedule to chat to me about how she finds running her own business:
- What made you decide to start working for yourself?
It began back in 2011 when I fell pregnant with my daughter. I struggled to find any suitable pregnancy exercise classes and massage services in my area. Most people don’t want to treat pregnant ladies. So I decided to extend my training to fill the gap. It started with just one evening class a week in my local church. Just before I left for maternity leave with my son in 2014 I was contacted by a private clinic to set-up pregnancy support services with them. This was a brilliant confidence boost.
I started to struggle with the family work life balance when I returned to work in 2015 after my second pregnancy: 2 childcare fees and a long commute across London was just too much. In September 2016 I took the leap to start up fully self-employed!
- What was the thing you were most frightened about when you considered the prospect?
There were quite a few mental barriers for me at the beginning: no regular income, possibly losing my future employability and from a very personal perspective seemingly swapping my professional status to that of “mum”, “housewife” and “wannabe business woman”.
I was lucky that I managed to pilot my idea over the years and build a small client base. I managed to also get contacts with others who are helping me along the way.
- Now you are doing it, what do you love most about working for yourself?
I love that I can schedule my clients and meetings around my family commitments and give my clients as much time and personal input as they want, without worrying about clinic restrictions.
I also love networking with other ‘mumpreneurs’, seeing their success is so inspiring.
“I love that I can schedule my clients and meetings around my family commitments and give my clients as much time and personal input as they want” Madia
- Is there anything you miss about not working in a team or being an employee?
The serious bits like holiday pay, pension etc. are things I will need to incorporate into my business now. I do miss the health professional environment and working with other Physio’s but I’m now creating my own environment, perhaps even my own little team of multi skilled professionals and that prospect is much more exciting!
Madia, thank you for being our first start-up case study. As you can see from her interview she has taken the leap into self-employment despite some of the doubts that crept in but most of her success seems to have come from the ability to pilot and test her services before taking the leap and having a support network around her – great advice Madia!
There will be plenty to think about if you are planning to start a business, don’t let time management be one of them. The end of the 9-5 doesn’t have to mean the beginning of a 24/7 live and breathe your business or else it fails mindset…it might do, but wouldn’t it be worth getting a second opinion before you take that plunge? Take a look at my client referrals or get in contact for more information.