Today it has been exactly twelve months since I left the world of employment after working for the same company for thirteen years. It was a day of mixed emotions and many, many tears as I said good by to colleagues and friends, those who has helped shape the person I am today.
I enjoyed my job, I really did but the flexibility I get with self employment is so much greater and I had to make that choice whilst my little boy was young and I’m certain it was the right one.
There is no longer a fixed income coming into the household which is quite scary with a mortgage to pay but on the flip side the earning opportunity allows me to put in the extra effort to increase my income if I want to.
I’ve managed to stay relatively strict with myself, putting my son in nursery three days a week and treating those as work days, I know it can be very tempting to just take a day off when your self employed but I’ve keep the routine as if I were in an employed role. And the rest of the week I spend quality time with my little boy and we fit in a few customer deliveries along the way.
My initial plan was to put all of my efforts into focusing on sales leadership – building my team of Avon Representatives. I’ve learned that people let you down – a lot! And they let me down when I was working full time but the impact wasn’t the same and when you are relying on other people to place an order for you to be paid when it is your only income. But I’ve also found some superstars along the way and they make the job worthwhile.
I’ve also learnt more about My Avon Store, Avon’s online shop which allows us as Representatives to sell to our customers online, wherever they may be in the UK. This is a great tool and I’m still learning more about it and putting the tips I’ve been given into practice to increase my own personal sales.
Overall it’s been a great year, there have been some ups and downs but it was definitely the right decision to spend more time with my family whilst working my way. And of course the opportunity to take holidays when I want to, I’m currently writing this from Spain!
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