In the previous instalment of the start-up diary, my fledgling business had just begun to pick up, paying more than my part-time job for three consecutive months. The two days I was working in my other job had become difficult to manage during this time, and I was starting to lean towards the exit to help grow my business.
Tempting though it had been to take the leap into full-time self-employment, I reminded myself that almost all of my recent work had been with a single customer, and so decided against it. When lockdown hit, I counted myself lucky to have the safety blanket of my other job.
Lockdown has been a shock to us all, but I’ve been lucky. I have my guaranteed part-time income and a small workshop at the bottom of the garden where I can continue to work – and most importantly, my loved ones and I have all been well.
With on-site restoration work out of the question, and with people less likely to be commissioning furniture, I decided to focus on setting up an online shop for small products, organising the finances of my business, and making a piece of furniture for my partner, which I could add to my portfolio of work.
Like many, we’ve had to get inventive with how we turn home into office by day. There are four of us (myself, my partner, and her parents) working from home, so we needed to spread our makeshift workplaces around the house to avoid getting under one another’s feet, or waltzing into the background of someone’s video meeting. I’m sure we never used to have this many meetings!
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