What made you start your own business?
I was given the opportunity to purchase an established business just over three years ago, which seemed a better option than continuing to grow my own start-up. The person I bought the business from offered to stay on for two years giving me time to gain my own reputation while using hers as a platform.
How long did it take you to establish yourself / the business?
Although the business was already running, it took me about a year to get my feet under the table and feel comfortable in taking on the business.
Do you have any tips for anyone looking to start out or grow an existing business?
If you are taking over an existing business, it is important to take the time to work out how it is currently working before you jump in with your own ideas. This gives you time to work out what is already going well and what areas need improving.
How has it been juggling your work with your personal life?
A supportive other half is the only way I have coped. Freelancing has its moments, particularly where sick children are concerned – it is harder taking “last minute” time off from your own business than it is someone else’s!
What are the biggest challenges you face?
Spending the right amount of time on the business side of things; for example marketing and advertising. This is much more of a challenge than the actual day-to-day running of the business and seeing patients.
What are the perks that come with your job?
It is great that I can be flexible with my hours, although sometimes I must try harder to say no to that extra patient looking for an appointment asap.
How do you tend to find new business?
Most of my work has come through word of mouth but I also use local advertising.
What advice would you give to aspiring freelancers?
Go for it! Especially if you have the option of starting up part time with the security of other employed work – you have no excuse!