Two days a week I provide business advice to clients living in the southside of Glasgow. I meet a wide variety, some of whom are living in a fantasy world, but most are serious. Many have turned to the idea of creating their own work because they have lost their jobs or they cannot find a job anywhere. But some have known all along that that is what they want to do. I used to believe that the latter group, I say they are “pulled” to self-employment rather than “pushed”, are more likely to succeed and to stick at it than the others. I now think that I have been wrong.
It now seems to me, after more than twenty years advising, training and mentoring new businesses, that people who have been “pushed” or forced into self-employment have as much chance as the others of sticking it out. And I suppose I should always have known that. After all, I became self-employed as a result of having to leave a job before it killed me. And here I am, almost 16 years on, still creating my own work. And still enjoying it. I’m not sure these days what the experts say and I have certainly not carried out rigorous research into the topic but I now believe that, to survive in business, you need a wee bit of luck a lot of hard work and to do what you enjoy doing. And I enjoy what I do.