On the 1st May 2017, I reached the grand milestone of being in business for 10 years. There have been lots of ups and definitely a few downs. There have been times when I’ve wanted to chuck it all in and get a ‘proper job’. Many a time, I’ve gone back to my ‘why’ to keep me motivated and strong enough to carry on.

So, what have I learnt?The Admin Doctor

  • Never take anything for granted – especially where clients are concerned. Circumstances can change overnight and it did for me on a couple of occasions. It can be a shock when a big chunk of your income disappears overnight through no fault of your own. Dust yourself down, don’t take it personally and get out there looking for new opportunities.
  • Be careful who you trust – not everyone is your friend, despite the impression they give to the outside world. I’ve learnt this the hard way. There have been a couple of occasions where people have attempted to rail road my business, but that just made me even more determined to be a success.
  • Success isn’t all about how much money is in the bank – success means so many different things to different people. If I can put clothes on my kids, food on the table, spend precious time with my loved ones and keep all my business balls juggling in the air, then that’s good enough for me.
  • Ask for help – there’s always someone willing to help. There’s no need to struggle on your own. Put your pride to one side and do what’s right for you and your business.
  • Look after your health and wellbeing – if you don’t take care of yourself, how do you expect to be on top form for others? Your physical and mental health is vital. Take time out just for YOU and you will feel so much better for it.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others – when you read about your competitors doing this, that and the other, be happy for them, think ‘well done you’ and then focus on what you’re doing and make a success of your own business. If need be, disconnect from your competitors on social media. It can be quite a revelation!
  • Reward your accomplishments – regardless of what they are. Whether it’s winning an award or simply finishing your to-do list. Treat yourself then move on to the next task.
  • Be true to yourself – set your boundaries, remember your ‘why’ and do what makes YOU happy.

I still can’t quite believe that it’s been 10 years since I started my business. It has been challenging but on the flip side, so rewarding. I’ve worked with clients who have come and gone. I’m working with clients who have been with me for nearly as long as I’ve been in business. I’m working with clients who have moved away from self-employment then returned and come back to me for support.

I love them all to bits. I love them for giving me the opportunity to do what I do best and to do what I love. Without my clients, I wouldn’t have a business and I am so grateful to each and every one of them.

I am grateful for all the wonderful people I have met over the last 10 years who have supported me in so many ways, not just in my business but on a personal level too. There are far too many to mention, but they’ll know who they are.

I am grateful to my family for supporting me through the tough times and rejoicing with me through the good times.

Here’s to the next 10 years….bring it on!