If you have struggled with not knowing how to break free from the 9-5 or have to juggle being a mother and running your own business then this week's Q&A will most definitely strike a chord with you. In the past when we've featured somebody on our blog we've done a paragraph or two as a introduction to the individual and their start-up/business. In this case i'm going to leave Anneli to introduce herself and explain the reasons why she started her own #goingsolo story.
"I haven't always been a therapist. I spent many years working in a very different industry altogether and was only introduced to reiki therapy when my GP felt it might help me through a period of grief. Having never experienced any kind of alternative or complementary therapy before, I had no idea what to expect. I felt so completely uplifted and enriched by the reiki treatments, they not only helped me with the pain I was going through at that time, but I felt drawn to this incredible healing system and I needed to learn more about healing and the human body. I left my job, and retrained for a number of years to become a reiki master therapist with the UK Reiki Federation, and went on to complete qualifications in holistic massage with anatomy, physiology and pathology with an Itec Diploma at Hammersmith Hospital in London.
Although I have always privately practiced reiki and massage therapy since starting my training in 2006, I feel utterly confident that now is the most important time to be striding out on my own and sharing what I learned."
How long have you been freelance/working for yourself #goingsolo?
I quit my job as a Junior Building Surveyor (yes I know...) and decided to start working on things I was passionate in my spare time so trained in Reiki massage as a side hobby. A desire to help people then lead me on to working for Social Services and it was only when I had my son in April 2014 that I decided to leave full-time employment for good and set up my own business as a Reiki and Massage Therapist. So I started my own company Woodstock Holistics, in December 2015.
Describe what you do in five words… GO!
Live, love, enable, support, grow
What made you decide to take the plunge?
My son. I started my training all those years ago as I was inspired by my mother’s strength and determination to do more for herself. She was fiercely independent even more so throughout her battle with cancer. It was having my son and desperately wanting a better life for him that allowed me the confidence and incentive to start-up on my own. So I wanted to follow my convictions, live by my beliefs and do what I can to help others reach their full potential.
What’s the best bit about being your own boss?
More opportunity to eat cake in the middle of the day! That and the fact that, even when I feel stretched to my limits, it's incredibly satisfying because I chose to do it, not because I have been instructed to by someone else.
What’s the biggest pain in the arse?
Documentation and technology in general. Technology is not my friend.
What’s the grand plan/big idea?
The dream is to have my own Holistic Therapy Clinic with other therapists offering different treatments, as well as a yoga B&B and some sort of scrummy market garden where we can teach people more about food and nutrition alongside other aspects of their physical and mental health.
What’s the best bit of advice you could give someone about it #gosolo?
Stick to your convictions, do things calmly and rationally, if you are confident in yourself and your abilities, anything is possible.
Where do you get your inspiration from? (person, place, action)
Everywhere. My family, the people I meet daily, the beautiful things I see when I drive around the countryside going to appointments.
If we could give you one thing right now (not a wad of cash) that would help your business out the most, what would it be?
Another pair of hands!
Hindsight is a wonderful thing - discuss.
I often look back over the last 10 years and wonder why I haven't done this before. I often look back over my life and wonder why I spent so much time doing things that didn't make me happy, both professionally and personally.
I could spend all of my future worrying about what has passed, but I don't see the point. It’s a waste of energy and time that I could be using right now, to do something else new and exciting. Hindsight might be a wonderful thing for some people, but I don't dwell on the past. I lived my life according to what felt right at the time and I am now someone I feel proud of.
What’s your favourite quote to live/work by?
"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely" ~ Roald Dahl
To find out more about Anneli then visit her website Woodstock Holistics.