Back in August 2017 I accepted redundancy from the company that I’d work for since I was 18. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was certainly the most logical.
Although I was offered an alternative job with the same company, which I did trial, it simply didn’t work out. It was an evening job which I initially thought would work quite well for me, however that wasn’t the case. I had thought that it’d be good because I could take our children to school and pick them up meaning my husband could start work earlier, (he’s also self-employed).
Unfortunately, due to travel time, it actually worked out that it wasn’t possible for me to also pick our girls up from school. Aside from the working hours, I also felt like I was back at square one.
Finding myself in a room with school leavers meant I felt very out of place. After much discussion with my husband, we decided the best thing for all of us would be to take redundancy.
It was a scary thought at first. Knowing that I had no other job lined up made me question on numerous occasions if I was making the right decision.
I’d spend hours searching online for part time jobs, but I couldn’t find any that suited. They were either part time over four to five days a week or evening jobs.
Of course whilst the girls are in school that would be ok, but during half term, with my husband being self-employed and the main earner, if I worked four or five days during half term, it would mean that my husband wouldn’t be able to work as he’d need to stay home and look after our twins. During the summer holidays, this would leave a big dent in our bank balance.
I started to wonder if I’d ever find a job that would suit my family and I. That’s when I thought about doing something for myself. A job that would mean I could set my own hours and work flexibly to suit our family.
Before accepting redundancy, I had discussed the possibility of setting up my own cleaning business. My husband thought it was a great idea, and fully supported my decision to go ahead and give it a go.
So after accepting redundancy in August, I set up my own business in October. Four months later and I’m pleased to say that it’s going well.
I work three days a week at hours that suit me. I can take our children to school and pick them up. I don’t have to wake up at silly o’clock to join the rat race, to sit in traffic and struggle to find a car parking space in the multi-story car park.
I’m fully booked and have had lots of positive feedback from my customers. However, I’ll be honest and admit that it has taken me a long while to get my head around the idea of being self-employed. I’m still not used to it, and I imagine it will still take me a while longer to fully get to grips with the idea, but for now it works and I’m pretty happy!