It’s Make Your Dreams Come True Day on January 13th.
Every day is Make Your Dreams Come True Day for me, because I run my own business. I get the opportunity to do something I love, that I’ve loved doing for many years, work with people I really like (and if I don’t like them, I don’t have to work with them) when I want/if I want and where I want, and I finish work EVERY day feeling that I’ve accomplished something.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this didn’t happen overnight, it’s taken six years and a lot of hard work (and sleepless nights) to achieve it. However, in order to make my dreams come true, I was prepared to do whatever I needed to get there.
Thirteen years ago, my marriage ended in a shocking way and I became a single mum overnight. I lost my house, my business (and therefore, my income), my car, my support network, and I had to start all over again. With two sons and no emotional or financial support.
I knew that my ex-husband wanted me to fall on my knees and not get back up; that he wanted to be able to boast that I couldn’t do anything without him.
There was no way I was going to give him that satisfaction, so I wiped my tears, gritted my teeth, and worked like mad to start my first solo business. It brought in just enough income to support my family and gave me the flexibility I needed to take my son to school and collect him when he finished, rather than chase halfway round the county to achieve the same task. I worked well into the night every night, and my son sometimes came with me to meetings (unorthodox, I know) but between us we did it.
It was a team effort.
Over the following twelve years, despite various challenges – moving to a new area away from my family, getting into a relationship with an abusive man and having to seek sanctuary in a women’s refuge, having a mental breakdown, and facing bankruptcy (twice) – I still kept pursuing my dream. I knew that running my own business was what I did best, what I loved most, and what filled me with the most happiness so, despite the barriers and the humps and potholes in the road, I persevered. I believed in my dream.
Running my business also boosted my self-esteem and confidence to new levels. Everything that I created, I created on my own merit. Every target and goal I set, I achieved on my own merit. Every landmark reached, every client gained, every invoice sent out – I reached, gained, and invoiced ON MY OWN MERIT.
The sense of satisfaction in building something from the ground up with no-one to thank but yourself can’t be bettered. It’s a testament to your own talents, skills and hard work. I never felt like that working for someone else, in fact I often felt that I didn’t fit in in other companies and organisations anyway; and now I see why. I wasn’t built for working for someone else; I was built for working for myself.
My dream has always been the same; create something that helps someone in need, whilst bringing in an income for me.
I haven’t always managed it in the conventional way, and sometimes I’ve sailed close to the wind in keeping it together, but I’m still here. Still running my own business. Still helping others. Still dreaming.
Is your dream to run your own business? Perhaps Make Your Dreams Come True Day is the day to start planning to make that dream come true.
My StartUP programme was created just for you; packed full of hints, tips and strategies to get your business planned, and off the ground.