This morning I took part in a radio show on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire. I was interviewed on the Annie Othen Show at 10am along with another local person. The station is focussing on helping people get back into work and we had been invited along to discuss our dramatic career changes.
I started my working life in industrial purchasing working for organisations such as JCB and the NHS, and they wanted to know how I now came to be an interior designer. I explained that after a career break bringing up my three children, I did not feel I was able to pick up where I had left off in the working world. I wanted a new working direction that would fit around my home life and also help me to express my creative side. Mark, the other person who was being interviewed, had been made redundant from the construction industry that he had worked in for 40 years and had started a photography business.
We were asked what advice we would give to anyone thinking of starting up their own business; Mark said ‘go for it’ and I said get yourself educated. Find out all you can about running your own business by reading books, talking to people who have already done it and get yourself a mentor if possible.