Ten years ago I left a job I really disliked to start freelancing. I was determined to make it on my own and to be my own boss. I just knew there was more out there for me.
I was scared. No, I was actually pretty terrified. But I worked hard and I built up a client base. In this time I studied teaching and psychology and online business, which I’d always wanted to learn about. Taking this terrifying leap actually opened up a whole new world of interesting and wonderful opportunities.
Here’s what’s happened in the past decade…
I wrote industry reports for Deloitte, edited reports and wrote marketing material for an awesome research company, wrote website copy for various companies, and organized functions for a fertilizer company. I know, right? Every single day was different!
I won an entrepreneurs’ competition, coming in the top 3 of 700 entries and winning in my category for best new start-up idea. Here I am with my big check, which was one of the prizes I received:
I self-published some of my books, printing some locally and selling others online across the world. Now I could write what I wanted and about things I cared about.
I landed my dream freelance job as a writer for a children’s book publishing company, adapting international books for local children in South Africa. I then worked my way up to general manager and grew in so many ways.
I won a life coaching session with an amazing coach, who I later did a full program with. Here I am in the local community magazine, which announced my special win:
I was chosen to be featured in a marketing campaign for an investment company. I was on radio stations, in newspapers, and in a TV advert – which you can enjoy here:
I met Martin, who I now share my life and home and love with. Here we are together on a special night out:
And I finally started my blog. This blog. The one that has been a long time coming and which I’m super-excited about.
My, how things have changed since I handed in that resignation letter!
Welcome to Tiara Tribe. I hope you take the steps needed to make your own dreams come true. And I look forward to building an online business you love with you, every step of the way.