I love stories. And more and more, my work involves hearing them, recording them and sharing them. Does my work help pay the mortgage? It's getting there. No one said it's easy running your own business.
The perks? Being home when my kids come back from school. Hearing rosellas from our garden when I tap away at my keyboard. Doing some really interesting projects that I find meaningful. And not having to ask anyone to have time off if I need to take a family member to the doctor.
The downside? Cash-flow. Not being able to say hi to people at the water cooler.
I love that I have to live off my wits to make a living. Not knowing what's around the corner excites me (in a nervous kind of way!).
I was reminded recently that it takes guts to run a business. And charisma. Money? 'Phhah, you don't need that', said my source. 'I started with nothing...'
The advice was dispensed in Footscray. While standing on a showroom floor. By someone you will quite possibly recognise. Read on.