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It was 2000 when I started in business for myself for the first time. It was just me, my few tools and a 1990 maroon Ford Fiesta van attempting to make a dent in the world.
Before making the move, I had been working for a larger organisation — one of many cogs in a complex machine. And although I had earned my employer’s trust and had greater responsibility afforded to me, I felt hemmed in and restricted. As such, breaking away from their rules was liberating and empowering. Finally, I had the freedom to steer my own ship.
Work was thin on the ground at first. I had about two weeks planned ahead when I started. It wasn’t the most engaging or lucrative work in the world, but it didn’t matter. I had a mortgage to cover too, but that didn’t matter either. I loved the freedom I had gained and was motivated to be building something on my own terms.