12 Days of Blogmas Day 2 : From Full-Time Employee to Full-Time Entrepreneur {Part 1 of 2}

Welcome to day 2 of Blogmas 2022!

As of 1st September 2022 I officially became a full-time entrepreneur with my business Pro Clerking.

AHHHHHHH!!!

Now THAT was a real pinch-me moment! But how did I get there?

To be honest, it was kind of by accident. I never set out to work for myself and running a business had never been pride of place on my vision board. Yet here we are!

It all started after I found out I was pregnant for a second time with P. I reduced my working days to 4 days a week after I had the boys and was now considering halving that again to working just 2 days a week once baby no. 3 arrived. When I was around 14 weeks pregnant my mum sent me a job advert for a local school clerk to governors – which was basically what I did in my day job – and I decided to apply to help buffer my planned pay drop once I returned from maternity leave.

The role was part-time with flexible, term-time only, work-from-home hours plus they agreed to give me up to a year of unpaid maternity leave given I was already 3 months pregnant.

At this point I had 2 employers – working 4 days a week in my day job and an additional 3-5 hours a week in my clerking role. I then took a year off with P and returned to work in the autumn of 2019. It was then another local school contacted me to see if I could fill their clerking vacancy before a new appointment started and shortly after a 3rd school got in touch.

Having dropped my day job down to 2 days I felt I could take on the extra hours around childcare plus the boys would be starting school in the autumn. I decided the best way to move forward was to become partly self-employed. I asked the original school I clerked for whether they’d consider taking me on as a freelance clerk rather than an employee. They happily agreed and a few days later I came up with the name Pro Clerking, designed a logo using a freebie App, found a template service contract and got busy researching self-employment for dummies. I used my skills and experience gained from the last 10 years of working in administration, finance, training and clerking and created my own systems, resources and templates to use for clients.

Badda bing badda boom. Pro Clerking was officially open for business.

Then wham bam thank you mam. Covid hit. Between homeschooling, a 1 year old and just general pandemic craziness I struggled to keep up. I reached out for help and found a virtual clerk to sub-contract a school / client to for the rest of that academic year.

Working from home during that time was the first time I started to think about becoming fully self-employed. I’m the first to admit I struggled going back to “normal” office hours post covid. It wasn’t the job, it was the desire to work on my own terms. To have the flexibility to choose my own hours around my young family and be my own boss…….

Find out more in part 2 coming soon…..

Ellie

http://www.businesshealthamdhome.co.uk

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Published by Ellie Hully

Business Health & Home

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