So where do you find yourself as we near the end of the decade they are calling the ‘Noughties': 2000-2009?
For me, its seen me make the move from employment to self-employment; the fulfilment of a personal wish that I’m very fortunate to have realised.
Running my own company has been life changing and challenging but very exciting – and I’m using the last weeks of the decade to review the business year and plan for 2010. I’ve been working hard on several big event projects and also enjoying working with clients to review their marketing strategies and plan their communications to ensure business objectives are met and their incomes grow.
While many people who ‘work for others’ take this time to collapse and get away from work, for me its useful thinking and planning time to make sure that the new year sees a determined strategy to build my business, achieve the next stage in its growth and continue to thrive.
I have found business networking during 2009 to be invaluable in forming relationships with business people, many of whom have become friends. As a small business, one of the things that you can lose is the ‘water-cooler’ social aspect, so getting yourself out there is very important for keeping you connected and making sure you are enjoying all that self-employment can bring.
I would like to thank the Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, and Women Ahead business networking groups for being a vital part of my working month. These groups offer different aspects to local business networking and compliment each other perfectly, giving opportunities to meet forward thinking business people from over 400 companies in Dundee & Angus.
So onwards and definitely upwards in 2010. I hope that it brings you all that you wish for!
With a pinkie promise for good things in the coming year,