I've been wanting to talk about Monday's for a while now but haven't had the chance, life has slowed a little so I'm sharing today. Last year I took a big brave (for me) leap into the unknown and decided to approach my day job and ask to go down to four days a week. By day I'm a PA at a global corporation, being a PA is alright but it certainly isn't the dream. Like many of us dreamers out there I would love to work in a creative job 24/7 but the reality is I need to pay my gas bill and so 9 - 5-ing it is (for now). Last year my blog started to pick up and I was being asked to write tutorials for more people, not being able to say no I found that I was working all weekend and evenings just to keep up so when there was a shift in my role I took the opportunity to reduce my hours.
I probably should have come up with some kind of business plan but I didn't/haven't. I had a list of companies/people that I wanted to work with and ideas that I wanted to try but mainly I wanted to gain as much experience and exposure to different ways of working so from there I could evaluate what I enjoyed and what worked for me. Over the past year I have worked with Liberty, Mollie Makes, Sew Over It and Jewelry From Home, writing tutorials and teaching workshops along side my regular workshops at Make Do and Mend. Looking back I can't believe how far I've come, if you told me last year that I would be working with all these incredible people and places I would not have believed you for a second!
When I read other bloggers doing amazing things my first question is - how can you afford that? ! I didn't have any real financial objective for the first year, I got to a place in my salary where I could afford to drop a day and made sure all debts were clear. I don't save as much as I'd like or have anything for extras like a fancy new dress but I'm ok with this as having a day to my self is more valuable. My first aim have been to make back what I have 'lost' which some months I do, it is becoming more consistent and anything I do make I put back in for workshops and materials.
I think the biggest learning has been being realistic with much time I have. I want to make everyone happy but there have been a few times when I have completely over loaded myself and not produced my best work, I'm slowly gaining the confidence to say no and manage my time better. Over the next few months I want to sit down and work out my plan for the next year or two. If anyone has a good business plan article that they could direct me too, I'd be really grateful (it needs to be simple).
If you're thinking of making a change and have any questions then please get in touch I'd love to hear from you and help in any way. Its definitely worth it. I have a few more post ideas I want to write on the subject so stay tuned.
Thanks to Jo at The Only Place for these wonderful photo's. Jo is writing a fab series on Bloggers At Their Desks which is so so good - take a look!