Thinking outside the box

Many of my clients and colleagues will know me as an established book-keeper who is now approaching a milestone twelve years in business. While on the one hand I am immensely proud of what I have achieved, at times, I am secretly bemused that I have come this far. I suppose I’ve always been someone who has preferred to secrete themselves in the wings. Yet, here I am, centre stage of my own successful and growing business! How did that happen!?

For me, one of the defining moments of my business was my decision, four years ago, to move from my home office into purpose-built shared business premises – the Wisdom Facility Centre in Haverhill. Of course, there were any number of extra tasks and responsibilities to deal with, such as rent, wifi set-up, dedicated phone-line, but these were quickly outstripped by the very real benefits of what it meant to ‘go to work’ every day.

Not only did I now have somewhere official to meet with clients, I could also meet and network with other businesses, too. I soon realised that while working from home had felt very convenient and comfortable, it had also left me very isolated from the real business community.

It was on a psychological level, however, that the move to premises had the biggest impact. In moving out of my ‘box’, I found it easier to think outside the box. Spurred on by the encouragement of Ann Hawkins, coach and business mentor, and my experience of her Master Mind Group, I took a deep breath and completed the change from ‘home-working sole-trader’ to ‘fully fledged business woman with own office’. Talk about a Wonder Woman moment!

Reflecting on that period of time, I can see how change on the outside also encouraged change and growth on the inside… I became braver, more open to opportunity, and I developed a stronger sense for how I could continue to develop and grow my business.

It’s now been four years since that Wonder Woman moment and in that time both I and my business have evolved in ways which I don’t think we would have, had I remained in my comfort zone at home. My client base has grown year on year, I have developed new skills and invested in training, allowing me to broaden my offer and attract the business of an even wider audience.

Sometimes a change in one aspect of your life or business can precipitate growth or change in another. For me, opening the door to premises also opened the door to the next chapter of my story.

Have you experienced a change which has altered your way of thinking? What did it mean for your business?

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One Response to Thinking outside the box

  1. Sharon Gower 15th August 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Excellent article Angela! This made me think of a great book that I still refer to called: “If you want to walk on water you’ve got to get out of the boat”.
    You really got out of the boat, walked on the water and turned into Wonder Woman. Fantastic!!

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