You may not realise this, but I got married once. And the thing that struck me when I was planning said wedding is that the wedding industry was a bit of a marvel. Alongside the multimillion pound economy that this industry generates, there are small, independent creative pixies who are ploughing every bit of their hearts and souls into creating beautiful things for soon-to-be-wed couples. The amount of support and camaraderie amongst these grassroots suppliers is staggering.
Well, I’m now one of those pixies.
One of my former colleagues asked me whether I was worried about silo working and not seeing other people anymore. I looked at her blankly. I’m not working alone, I told her, I’ve got thousands of colleagues and a massive support network. Admittedly, they’re not in the same room as me, but they’re not far away. They are in a little box in the corner of my screen, twittering away. They are in floods of emails in my inbox. They are in amazing blog posts like this one by Tattybojangles and this super leaving card from the lovely Leah at Golden Apple Designs.
With coworkers like this, who needs to leave the house anyway?
All of which is to say thank you. Thanks to everyone who has wished me well on my journey into self-employment, to those who have sent cards and even gifts and to everyone who has commented throughout the internet to wish me luck. I am proud and privileged to call you my colleagues as well as friends.