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Why Redundancy Was Actually a Good Thing!

Why Redundancy Was Actually a Good Thing!

I will be posting another article soon to follow on from ‘How to Start Your Own Business’ with tips on the next steps, but for now I wanted to explain why being made redundant was by far the best thing to happen to me.

I’d been in the same role for 6.5 years. It was a challenging role but I loved my work colleagues and felt heavily invested in the business as a whole. I never saw myself leaving and had no idea just how much that was holding me back.

Facing Redundancy

When I was told that I would be made redundant, I felt sick. I am the only source of income for my household. I have a child. A million questions were spinning through my head…. What would I do for money? Would I lose my house? What on earth am I going to do?

I started applying for jobs and made sure I applied for at least one job every day. I don’t need to tell anyone who is looking for a job that this is a soul-destroying process.

While I was applying for job after job, I soon realised that I didn’t really want to do any of them. I have such a diverse set of skills and any job opening that I found was just for one particular aspect. I didn’t want to just do accounts or just do marketing – I wanted to do a whole lot more.

The Kick I Needed

I knew then that I really wanted to set up my own business. Being made redundant had given me the kick I needed. I wanted to use my skills to help North East businesses to grow and develop, or to help people like me actually take the plunge and set up their own business. School teaches you that you should be employed – this is so wrong! We need to teach our kids that there are other options too.

I then jumped in with both feet. It felt strange, scary, exciting and liberating all at once. Since then I have had back-to-back appointments without doing any advertising. I have met with some amazing North East businesses and people who want to start up on their own but haven’t got a clue how to begin. I am helping people and really making a difference – and I love it!

How to Setup Your Own Business

So, if you hate your current job and want to start your own business, or you are a small business trying to expand your brand awareness across the North East, please get in touch. I’d love to meet you for a coffee and talk through your ideas and plans. Running your own business is possible (as long as you’re not afraid of hard work) and you can do it! If it’s what you really want to do, don’t let anything hold you back!

Elaine Parker
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