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    Lucy Kippist
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    Regular forumite [USER=60404]@Mischelle[/USER] shares her soloist story on the FS homepage today.

    I love this quote from her about what surprised her about solo business life:

    “I think what surprised me most was the things I was prepared to do outside my comfort zone, we all have that little part in our brain that says this is too scary, don’t do it. When I first started I didn’t believe at all that I would be able to get out there, make contacts and sell. I had so much knowledge in my area of expertise and sales was not part of this. I started with a trade show and talking to people and my confidence grew. After a few calls and chats to potential clients, I found that I had a natural aptitude for it and I adore it. I loved my product so I think that helped.”

    Is there anything that’s taken you by surprise since flying solo?

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    My surprise is how much I actually enjoy working 7 days a week. Of course my business means that I can take time off do do what I can when I want – for example, if I want to go to town for some shopping and my farm doesn’t need any immediate work done I can without feeling guilty. And I can work the hours I like.
    Maybe I have to get up at 5am to do my irrigation, but I can knock off for the afternoon, or I just don’t go out to work on a very hot day, or on a very cold morning.
    I don’t think I could even work for someone else now, with the strict working conditions and timetables of a ‘regular’ job.

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    Paul – FS Concierge
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    When an employee, I perfected the art of switching off when I was not at work.

    I have vivid memories of kind of being shocked at around 8pm on Sundays which is about the time I started getting myself into “game mode” for the coming week.

    In my own business, I have not been able to find an off switch – the business is always in the back of my mind.

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    Lucy Kippist
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    A positive and a negative at times I imagine, [USER=78886]@PaulB[/USER]

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    Lucy Kippist
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    Rowan @ GardenLarder, post: 256867, member: 28171 wrote:
    My surprise is how much I actually enjoy working 7 days a week. Of course my business means that I can take time off do do what I can when I want – for example, if I want to go to town for some shopping and my farm doesn’t need any immediate work done I can without feeling guilty. And I can work the hours I like.
    Maybe I have to get up at 5am to do my irrigation, but I can knock off for the afternoon, or I just don’t go out to work on a very hot day, or on a very cold morning.
    I don’t think I could even work for someone else now, with the strict working conditions and timetables of a ‘regular’ job.

    Love the sound of this Rowan, makes a lot of sense! I think work often feels like work because we have to fit around other people’s schedules. Once you call the shots, that side of things must be somewhat easier.

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    When I did a session on Sat/Sun they asked if I got (Easter) Monday off. Hehe, we don’t get time off!

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    valentlau, post: 258030, member: 105593 wrote:
    When I did a session on Sat/Sun they asked if I got (Easter) Monday off. Hehe, we don’t get time off!
    I know that feeling too Valent!
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    Lucy Kippist, post: 256864, member: 98720 wrote:
    Is there anything that’s taken you by surprise since flying solo?

    The amount of money you can make.

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    valentlau, post: 258030, member: 105593 wrote:
    When I did a session on Sat/Sun they asked if I got (Easter) Monday off. Hehe, we don’t get time off!

    If that is the case you have your business fundamentals all wrong.

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