A year from now

While trying to decide what I wanted to write about today – I have a list of ideas in a notebook but nothing was inspiring me today – I found this quote which started me thinking about where I am today compared to six months ago ….. and what brought me here.

It’s a dull, wet and rainy day in Perth, and I should be out doing deliveries today for a little side business I run, but the rain has meant I’ve had to put that off for today!  So I’m trying to make the best use of my time by doing some research work for a new client, and catching up on my own ‘work’, as well as being writing for the blog!!

It was completely overwhelming when thinking about starting a business and working for myself; to be totally responsible for building the business and making enough money to pay the bills was a little daunting.  I’ve always admired self employed people who have not only built a successful business, but have sufficient income to be comfortable.

Could I do it?  Could I develop a business that would be successful?  Is there a market for the personal concierge?

It’s an idea that came to me 3 or 4 years ago.  I like helping people – it’s something that makes me feel good.  I like knowing that I’ve done something to make someone else’s life easier or better in some way.  But not really knowing much about running a small business, could I make a living from it?

My research was minimal before making my decision to take the plunge.  Google was my constant companion for a while, plus all that the interweb has to offer.  Eventually, armed with a list of what seemed like a hundred questions, I met with another Perth Personal Concierge who was more than happy to share her experiences (thank you so much Sarah).   There were lots of positive comments and words of encouragement from others, but also a few hard questions thrown in to give me plenty to think about.

Six months ago I really didn’t know what lay ahead.  It’s early days; but I’m still as sure today as I was then that this is an industry that will continue to grow as we all become increasingly busier, and continue to outsource different elements of our daily lives.

From a personal development perspective, I’m attending courses, free seminars, networking sessions, and meeting lots of new people along the way.  I’m amazed just how many of those educational/development courses from my distant past are coming back front of mind now.

So although some of those original fears still lurk, and lots of other thoughts keep me awake at night, I’m kinda enjoying myself 🙂

I’m looking forward to doing a review after another six months to see how things are stacking up!

How have things changed for you over the last six months?

How often do you think about how far you’ve come?