When I first learned my company was being acquired, possibly costing me my job, my mind went into overdrive. At that point, the close of the acquisition was still many months away, giving me lots of time to think and plan…perhaps too much time. I felt as though the possibilities were endless, and “this is my chance to make a BIG change.”
I thought about starting up all kinds of web-based businesses - retail, services, you name it, I considered it. Then, I decided that consulting might be just the thing for me. I had this fantasy in my head where I’d selectively choose only the most interesting and challenging work for local start-ups and entrepreneurs, working from my home and having business meetings in the cafe on my block. But, after some initial planning (outside of company working hours) and a bunch of research into the consulting business, I came to the realization that consulting is not an easy gig. It’s a constant hustle. It’s chasing clients down for money. It’s constantly proving your worth.
So, over the past several months, I came to a few realizations about myself, and about my profession:
- I love what I do for a living, and what I do is help executives to communicate to their employees and other audiences.
- Only fairly big companies employ people in my particular line of work, and I like working for big companies. There’s lots of opportunity to make an impact, and lots of room to grow.
- I love business, and I love technology. Allow me to communicate about business using the newest technologies, and I’m in my happy place.
I’m a company girl. And proud of it, dammit.
(shout out to Mary Tyler Moore, an early company girl)