I recently realised I have been working for myself longer than I have been gainfully employed anywhere else. When I first started on the self-employed route I worried about the lack of structure and of course a regular monthly payment. There have been a few hand-to-mouth moments resulting in me overcompensating and taking on too much work which stressed me as much as not having enough. But over time things evened out; the main personal benefit of being my own boss is that it has allowed me to be around for the kids at the start and end of the day. When our eldest was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome it meant I could flex my working hours if anything kicked off which needed me to focus on him. Possibly the most frustrating I found was being subjected to “the look” my other half used to give me when he got home and saw the kitchen looking like a bomb had exploded or the washing hadn’t been done. This has now stopped as he’s realised that working from home doesn’t also provide me with superpowers!
There’s a saying that “When you buy from a small business, they do a little happy dance”. We are surrounded by wonderful local businesses that provide a huge array of services and products; and whilst you may not be buying from them every day, our communities are all the better for having them around. It’s great that we receive so much patronage, even it if is in the hope of seeing us do a jig!
With any business, to grow and expand, or to make our offering better, we need to get feedback from our customers. This is something I am undertaking with my direct customer i.e. the advertisers. But I’m also interested in hearing from my indirect customers – you the reader – to see how I can make improvements. With that in mind, I have set up an online questionnaire to find out what you’d like to see more (or less) of in the magazines and to hear any other (constructive) ideas you may have. Anyone who completes it will be entered into a draw to win one of 12 gift vouchers. If you’d like to take part please email me at the address shown below and I’ll send you the link.
Thank you for your continued support.
Until next time, much sweetness