Welcome to another small business chat update! I have been featuring a fellow small business or freelancer on this blog every week for over a year, so I’m catching up with everyone and seeing what they’ve been up to in the past year.
Today we’re catching up with Alison Neale from The Proof Fairy. Her original interview was published on 16 July 2011. When I asked Alison where she wanted to be in a year’s time, she replied, “I hope I will be doing more of the same, but I would like to be doing much more website work and maybe managing a small outsourced team of writers and proofreaders”. Let’s see what’s happened in the intervening year …
Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
Not quite – I am still doing almost all the proofreading work that comes in, though I have renewed my plans to start outsourcing some of it and am slowly building contacts so I can build the “proof fairy circle”!
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
Strangely, the website work has tailed off a bit, though I have recently completed my first “squeeze page” sales website. I’ve recently started managing social media accounts for a handful of clients and I am writing a lot more too. I’ve also started doing some public speaking at networking events, which has positioned me as something of an expert on blogging, and I ran my first blogging workshop recently.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
My personal circumstances have changed a lot in the last six months (for the better, I’m pleased to say!) and as a result I lost the tax credits that had been supporting the business. I’ve learnt that actually they were a bad thing as they were limiting my ambition to make the business stand on its own two feet. Since then I’ve had good months and bad months but I’ve held my head above water, just about, and hopefully it will get better and better from here.
Any more hints and tips for people?
Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith – it’s normally not as scary as it seems.
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time.
I really enjoyed running the blogging workshop, so that’s something I’d like to do more of. I’m also still keen to build a group of proofreaders/editors to handle that side of the business so I can focus more on writing and blogging.
So lots of new challenges and a new avenue of opportunities opening up around blogging and workshops – plus some positive moves on the personal front – a good year, all in all! Best of luck for the upcoming year and I’ll look forward to hearing from you next year!