It was 16 years ago today that I walked into a govt building in Melbourne to register my business name “A Clayton’s Secretary”. I was both scared and excited. Scared – would it work? Excited – New horizons.
For a long time I felt like I was on holidays at home, getting to play with my computer. Don’t get me wrong, I was working and earning, but it didn’t feel like work because I was in charge, I was doing what I enjoyed, and I got to make the choices about how things would work.
It did take me considerable time to set up systems, realise that I need to track things properly through a bookkeeping system and set up habits – good ones.
Even today I’m still refining and defining as things change, as clients change, as technology continues to leap forward.
Would I do it all over again? You betcha! Would I change anything? Probably. I’d set up systems faster, spend a lot more time networking, and probably would have promoted more rather than just let things evolve.
On the whole, I’m happy, my daughters got to grow up and through their teen years with mum at home, and although they no longer need me to be home for them as they’re adults leading their own lives (for the most part) I still love being home and wouldn’t change it for anything.
Have you checked out my anniversary competition yet? It ends on 31st March.
Sandy White says
Congratulations Kathie and thank you for having such a wonderful idea. Where would we all be if you hadnt taken that step – certainly not doing what we are doing now.
All the best for the future both personally and professionally.
Swift Secretarial Services