‘If you do it for love, the money comes anyway.’ I’d jotted this phrase in my ‘happy’ notebook, the place I go to seek inspiration, or when I have felt empowered and motivated.
How many of us have felt stuck in ground hog day? How do you remove that feeling?
Four years ago, I took a leap of faith. I knew I loved working with people, however I had persisted in a role I had outgrown. I loved the company, the culture and more importantly our team. But, I recognised something had to give.
With some savings under my belt, I started up a company. I had no idea what the future might hold. I felt brave. I had knowledge and experience backing me up. What I needed to ‘sell’, was me. The unique me, the HR generalist whose values lie in helping others, making change and developing people to be the best they are able to be, the person who injects motivation and humour into situations.
The first few months were unknown. I wrote a business plan, financial forecast, the administration involved in starting a company, dipped my toe into marketing, developing a web page and learning about sales. Within 3 months I had various clients, and suddenly was busy every day, doing something which I loved, and to my amazement, making money.
By the end of the first year I was able to use some earnings to build a garden office, separating work from home. I have since invested in courses to further develop my skillset. My business foundations have allowed me to offer a range of services today.
Me, the HR Bitch, I love hats… I wear several different hats each week. This week has been pretty normal, including:
- advising a personal client about their Wrongful Dismissal
- assisting SME businesses with HR challenges
- addressing the content of a business client’s handbook
- holding 1-2-1s with clients in attaining a short-term goal in alignment with their long-term vision
- mentoring business start-ups in making the next step of their journey
- facilitating several motivational sessions in business start-up/ Continual Professional Development and networking
The people I have been lucky to work with this week see the real me, who loves working, problem solving, guiding and getting results. They have the HR Bitch on their side, although they haven’t seen my hat collection.
I am proud of my accomplishments, about my capacity to jump from one thing to another, to add to my assortment of hats!