Today’s blog guest is Allison Galbraith. Allison is a business coach and consultant. Read as she tells her story in her own words:
My name is Allison Galbraith and I am a business coach and consultant. I am also a Mum, Stepmum, Granny and Girlfriend – how very 21st Century – Granny and Girlfriend! My business is called Macintosh Wright. I started my business in 2010 because I wanted freedom. Freedom to use all my experience to make a bigger difference inside organisations and see the results first hand. And freedom to live my life the way I wanted to and not be restricted by the 9 to 5 (or 7 to 7!) hours my job gave me.
My business specialises in finding more profit for companies by improving the efficiencies of their people, processes and communication. My mission is to help business leaders and their teams work consistently at the top of their game.
The things I love best about working for myself are:
- Seeing my clients getting results.
- The satisfaction of knowing my successes are down to my own hard work and learnings and I’m not just a little cog in a big wheel.
- Flexible working. My partner works offshore so although he is away weeks at a time, when he is here he is here all the time. I love being able to go for a walk along the beach or have an afternoon on the Downs when most people are at work!
The surprises have been…many!
- How much there is to learn – marketing, running a business and ‘finding’ myself. As a paid employee much of how you act/behave is determined by the culture of the company/business sector you work for. When you are on your own you are free to be more authentic and that takes a bit of getting used to.
- How much you already know – I have developed the consultancy side of my business, advising people how to run things more efficiently. I had built a lot of expertise in this area over the years and hadn’t realized it was something people actually wanted. It gave me confidence and it also gave me easy income at the beginning.
- How difficult it is to keep focussed. It is easy to be captivated by something new which you think will help your business. A few months down the line when you have spent time and money, you realize the new shiny thing wasn’t the Nirvana you thought.
- The importance of getting the right support. At times I have worked with a Coach, a Mentor AND a Counsellor all at the same time and I couldn’t have got through without them. My partner has been unbelievably supportive and I’ve made some fantastic friends along the way.
The shocks are:
- It doesn’t happen overnight, well it didn’t for me anyway
- The pain of the lessons. At the end of my first year or so, I made myself ill through working too hard and worrying too much. On the face of it my illness was physical but I know it would never have happened if I’d been in the right frame of mind. I spent three months sitting on the settee staring at four walls (when I wasn’t watching Jamie Oliver or Homes under the Hammer!) but it was the most worthwhile three months of my life because it gave me time to think about what was important and how to look after myself properly
How much I’ve grown as a person is immeasurable really. I believe I’m a completely different person to the one who left her job almost three years ago.
I am more grown up, more authentic, more self-aware, more relaxed, more happy and content.
I had lots of pain but I needed to feel that and learn the lessons to come out the other end.
In fact, if nothing else, becoming self-employed is just one big personal development exercise.
The thing I’m most looking forward to is building on my successes to date. There is a real sense of satisfaction each time you have a success that it is not only success in itself, it is also a building block to your next success which will be even better. So each time I achieve something, I know it will lead to something better.
Find Allison on Facebook: Facebook.com/Allison.Galbraith.5
And LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/AllisonGalbraith
Allison is a member of my Coaching Club 100 who regularly saves up her monthly coaching allocation and comes for a quarterly Time2Think visit instead; she’s a Star and really loves to work face-to-face. Join Club 100 during August and save 50%. Become one of this fabulous group of women for a very affordable £100 a month. Prices rise to £150 per month on 1st September 2014 so now’s the time to join.