Well I’ve been self-employed for approximately a week now and I thought I share a few thoughts with you.
I’m really pleased to be moving from my current web host with the help of the marvellous @myweeklybook and @rand0m. As I daily see the words ‘login failed’ on my business webmail interface, I can’t tell you how excited I am. Lisa and Andy have been brilliant.
I’ve bought a kodak pl@y and tripod to see if I can use if for recording people doing presentation skills or train the trainer training. I’ve been having a play this afternoon. I did think that perhaps I could record a bit of me talking to you as part of this post. Clearly not. I gurn whilst turning the thing on. I also wasn’t sure about the sound on playback but I’ve just played a clip back on my laptop and actually the sound is really good. I wanted something that was like the (now defunct) flip camera. Which was small and not particularly intimidating when you point it at someone… Although my filming leaves a lot to be desired…
I have a new business bank account which apparently comes with a strangely large cheque book. Perhaps to make sure the name of the business fits in? (I went for the Co-op in the end, not only because of their ethical banking but it’s the only account that I understood fully what was going to happen after 18 months.)
This month, as well as giving a presentation for Aslib, I’ll be writing new courses. Presentation skills and Train the trainer I’ve mentioned, but I’m also going to be preparing a course on Mad skillz at the Reference desk. (perhaps with a more professional title. Or not, as the case may be).
I also want to reflect on last year. Everything was a little manic, particularly towards the end and I feel I’ve not had chance to reflect on all the training I provided last year and how to improve it for this year. So there might be a need for a bit of naval gazing. Instead of rushing headlong in to everything.
Oh and I just thought I’d tell you. I love being self-employed. I could do with some paying work 😉 but I LOVE IT. Almost as much my new tripod.