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Small business chat update – Liz Dexter

23 Dec
Small business chat update – Liz Dexter

It’s that time of the year when I review my own business. Although it looks like I did it in January this year, so it’s not a full year away – oops. But this is the quietest weekend of the year on the blog so it seems unfair to feature anyone else!  I added myself into the interview series back in December 2011, then  December 2012, December 2013, December 2014, January 2016.and January 2017.  Last year, these were my plans for the year: “I will still be running, I will have done the Birmingham Marathon and I will have supported running club mates through the training, too. I will have volunteered at parkrun or junior parkrun 100 times (you don’t get a special t-shirt for that but it’s so cool to say you’ve done it. I will have finished my self-mentoring guide to editing careers and also a transcription version. I will have continued to maintain a good work-life balance and have most weekends fully off. I will continue to work as transcriber to the ghostwriter stars and will see lots of my books on the shelves but often not be able to point them out as I’m not allowed to talk about them! I will have written up my research such that I can provide a copy to people who want it at the Iris Murdoch conference in September.” Did I achieve them all? Read on to find out …

Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?

I will still be running, I will have done the Birmingham Marathon and I will have supported running club mates through the training, too. – Yes, done! I did the Birmingham Marathon and wrote a report about it on my personal blog (read it here).

I will have volunteered at parkrun or junior parkrun 100 times (you don’t get a special t-shirt for that but it’s so cool to say you’ve done it). Yes – I did this on 16 September and had a bit of a celebration.

I will have finished my self-mentoring guide to editing careers and also a transcription version. No – not yet done! Carried over to next year …

I will have continued to maintain a good work-life balance and have most weekends fully off. Yes – I did a bit less work this year and fitted it into the weeks. I had more evenings and weekends free. I did earn a bit less, but not too much. I felt better for it.

I will continue to work as transcriber to the ghostwriter stars and will see lots of my books on the shelves but often not be able to point them out as I’m not allowed to talk about them! – Yes – I saw 4 books I’d worked on in Foyles the other day!

I will have written up my research such that I can provide a copy to people who want it at the Iris Murdoch conference in September. – Yes, I got it all written up and attended the conference where I sold out of copies (read my report of the conference and see photos of me with my book here).

What has changed and what has stayed the same?

Not much has changed in my work life. I have a few more regular clients and a new one or two. I lost one magazine editing job when the agency I work for lost the contract, and also one big transcription job I used to enjoy doing, but gained a new academic transcription client and am just starting my 3rd project with her, worked with a dream client I would never have dreamed of working with, and gained a new magazine to work on.

In my personal life, I’ve taken a course in being a Level 1 Endurance official (which covers cross-country and road races) and am looking forward to getting my practical sessions in through the year so I can qualify. .

I’ve finished my research on Iris Murdoch after SEVEN YEARS and have filled the gap by starting a readalong of all 26 of her novels (read about it here). I am not doing any more academic work!

What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?

Things have stayed fairly solid. I wish I’d known at the beginning of the year exactly when a surgical procedure I was going to have was going to happen, so I could have planned better, but I did what I could and my clients were very understanding. I wish I’d known how recovery from that would have gone, too, but it’s all good!

Any more hints and tips for people?

Look after your mental and physical health as well as your work life. Cherish the people you care about and spend time with them. Be open to new friendships, whatever your age and life stage. Be honest and open with your clients and they will trust you and be flexible.

And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?

I will still be running, I will have done the Manchester Marathon in April and will continue to support runners. By the end of the year, I will have qualified as a Level 1 Endurance Official.

I will have finished my self-mentoring guide to editing careers and also a transcription version.

I will have continued to maintain a good work-life balance and have most weekends fully off.

You can find me here, of course, and also on my books website and my book reviews one for more personal stuff. Happy New Year!

If you’ve enjoyed this interview, please see more small business chat, the index to all the interviewees, and information on how you can have your business featured. If you’re considering setting up a new business or have recently done so, why not take a look at my books, all available now, in print and e-book formats, from a variety of sources. 

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2017 in Business, Small Business Chat

 

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2 responses to “Small business chat update – Liz Dexter

  1. lizipaulk

    December 30, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Sounds like you had a bit of a challenging year due to unforeseen surprises, but you’ve definitely weathered through all these. Congratulations on another year of being self-employed. Cheers to many more!

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    • Liz Dexter

      December 31, 2017 at 7:16 am

      Yes, one surprise that was foreseen but the date moved caused a surprising amount of difficulty. i hope this year is smoother. And thank you! This will be my sixth year full time!

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