A Letter to My Former Self

If I were writing a letter to me, five years ago … I’d tell myself just to get started! In fact, I’d go back 10 years and tell myself to start THEN!

I remember second and third guessing myself. Realising I was on to a good idea, but then worrying that I wouldn’t be able to execute it myself.

The first person I actually told wasn’t a particularly close friend. She was a relatively new acquaintance. I think I chose her for two reasons. Until you tell your close network something, it doesn’t necessarily feel real. I was testing the water. Gauging her reaction before my fully fledged idea took flight.

But there was a second reason I told this woman. I thought I needed a business partner. I was scared to go it alone, and thought she would be a good fit. She was highly successful, worked in finance, and a bit older than me. And yet ironically she didn’t have any experience in the area I was starting the business in … and four years on, looking back, I realise that I was bringing everything to the table. The idea, the contacts, the industry knowledge, and my own name.

I didn’t need to start the business with her. The initial investment was small enough that I could afford it myself (£500 for a website). I just lacked the confidence to take the step on my own. In the end she made the decision for me, and changed her mind after a few conversations.

It was the best decision she could have made, from my perspective. Because running the business alone allowed me to sculpt it according to my vision. It also allowed me to quickly pay myself a full-time salary in the form of my dividends. If I had started up the company with this other woman, everything would have been halved … and yet in reality, I would have been doing the lion’s share of the work.

It can be really scary starting out, and particularly scary if you are going it alone. But trust your instincts, and believe in yourself! You can do this. And even if things don’t go quite how you planned, what’s the worst that can happen?

Charly

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