After Sam left Bristol Uni in 1996, she got a Proper Job and was very unimpressed with it. In 1998, she upped sticks and moved to Sydney. Shortly after, Sam began her career as a soloist. For the next few years she ran a copywriting and editing business, My Word, which she adored as it not only financed her Tim Tam habit, it also enabled her to work in her pyjamas.
In 2001 she met Robert Gerrish, who invited her to contribute to his Flying Solo newsletter. Next they collaborated on a book, Flying Solo - How to go it alone in business. Sam has now fulfilled her lifelong ambition of becoming a published author and has high hopes of retiring on the royalties.
Sam is a director of Flying Solo and is responsible for finance and operations. She lives in northern New South Wales with her partner John-Paul and their kids, Amy, Eleanor and Theo.
With six of us working remotely much of the time, it can be tricky to maintain a sense of unity within the Flying Solo team. As the ‘mum’ of the FS family, I’m in charge of making the team feel connected and I have a few online business tools I use to mak
“Life is difficult,” read the opener of the first self-help book I picked up. Of course, I hastily put it down again.
Before we know it, the new year will be upon as and we’ll be in full-on planning mode. But what about the year that was? It's time for a business review.
Hands up who likes getting told off? I’ve had a number of interactions with businesses that have made me feel like a naughty child, and this is very poor customer service.
The ABC has been following small businessman Don Angel's exploits via the hit TV show Very Small Business. We sat down with Don to gather his unique insights on running a small business.
Soloists have lots to look forward to in December, with a well-deserved break on the cards for most of us. But it also has its stresses, many of them to do with gift giving.