I’ve proudly owned my own business for the past 21 years. I was originally the manager of the business and the owners at the time approached me to purchase their business off them, as they believed I was the person to carry it into the next decade. I hadn’t considered owning my own business before, but the opportunity was there and I thought if I didn’t take it now, when would I? I decided to take the biggest risk of my life and purchase the business from my old bosses. The biggest risk of my life correlated into the biggest challenge of my life, and I can’t downplay how difficult, yet rewarding, it has been to run my own business.
I’ve always been able to come out the other side, but now that I’m facing the biggest disaster to ever hit my industry, I don’t think I’ll be able to overcome this one.
As a result, I’ve decided that next Monday I’ll visit a career counsellor. Melbourne has plenty of career counsellors, but a fellow business owner in my industry visited this one and I trust the people within my network to make smart decisions when it comes to their careers. I’m really disappointed that I’ve had to consider closing my business for good, after the years of blood, sweat and tears I have put into it.
The relationships I’ve developed with my clients are a testament to the hard work I’ve done for all these years, and I wish I could continue to benefit their lives in the way that I’ve always done. Unfortunately however, this latest disaster is out of my control, and I have to put myself first at some point. Having worked in the same industry for so many years has meant I’m not fully aware of all the opportunities available to me, so I’m really after some career change advice. Melbourne is the city for opportunity, I just have to find one and take it. I will always be thankful for the original opportunity I was given over 20 years ago, but it’s now time to move on.