How long have you worked for yourself?
About eighteen years now.
And perhaps something surprising readers may not know about you?
I gave birth to my 3 children at home using self-hypnosis and no pain relief.
Now tell us about your business. What’s it all about, how do you think and feel about it now?
During those eighteen years, I’ve had various businesses, all linked to publishing. Millionaire Bootcamp for Authors and Oxford Literary Consultancy are the main ones now, employing around 60+ staff. We offer editorial services for authors as well as publishing and self-publishing seminars, mentoring and consultancy. We work with authors who sell hundreds of millions of books and aspiring authors (mainly entrepreneurs, coaches, speakers, trainers) who want to write bestsellers. And we also work with big publishing houses and literary agents.
I love everything about it. I love my clients, I love my work, I love books and I love writing.
What tips would you share with other business owners which would short-cut their journey to happiness being their own boss?
- Get a mentor – it can seem a big leap of faith. But it gets you there so much faster.
- Outsource – leverage your time. There are only so many hours in the week and you’ll go nuts trying to juggle if you don’t.
- Do due diligence – I see too many people handing over money to chase their dream, without checking out people’s credentials first. Then they end up getting their fingers burned and disillusioned.
- Stay true to yourself, don’t try to be someone you’re not.
- The most important one of all: have integrity. Treat others as you’d like to be treated. There’s no need to sacrifice principles like giving and sharing just because you’re in business. Take pride in being one of the ‘good guys’ and you’ll draw like-minded people towards you.
What did you struggle with most in your start-up phase, and how did you crack that?
Phobia and ‘dyslexia’ with numbers. Even today I can get 27 and 72 muddled up. But I was desperate and had my back against the wall. So failure wasn’t an option: I just had to keep going.
What have you learned about yourself while working solo?
Anything and everything is possible – even the seemingly impossible. You just have to make the decision.
Did you choose self-employment or did it choose you? Any regrets?
It chose me. But what a great choice! I just wish it happened earlier.
What one encouraging thought sums it all up?
Freedom! YOU choose who you want to be.
Do you have a project you would like readers to know about?
Do you feel lonely or isolated when working for yourself?
I’m too busy to be lonely: there’s too much going on. I can be both introvert and extrovert. I love networking and meeting people but I’m happy in my own company too.
How can readers find out more about you?