This time of year always prompts some self-reflection. Pausing in the hallway between the old year behind us and the new one in front to do a quick self-check in any available mirror before moving on and out.
So I’ve been pondering too and putting together a little list of the things that I need to get sorted early in the New Year.
It’s still a case of Operation Alternative Source of Income Seeking but its component parts and their order need some re-working. It’s time for thinking before taking the action.
Here’s what’s in my first ten thoughts for starters:
- I need a much clearer sense of what my ‘proposition’ is. What talent, experience or knowledge would I bring to a new organisation or my own business? If I can’t answer that why would anyone employ me or engage my services.
- I need clarity about what I want to do (and why). I’ve already stopped waving at any job passing by that appears to be vaguely heading in a direction I want to take. But that’s not enough. I need to know where I want to get to.
- We need, as a family, to work out a way of living within a new set of means. That means a root and branch review of our financial position including mortgage and pension advice. We have to decide soon about whether we market our home as part of that planning.
- I need to be ready to take advantage of any income generation opportunities that come along. I’m assuming now that I’ll be without a salaried job for a little while (at least!). So I need to put together a company to handle the financial side of things – perhaps Sir Philip Green could offer some tax planning advice?
- I need to get some good advice on how to manage a business start-up so I’ll be harassing friends who have made that jump already. And I’ll be seeing what, if any, support is out there from organisations like Business Link.
- Mentioning link reminds me to do two things. First to tend my networks with care. Second to make sure that I keep my LinkedIn presence up to date both my profile and my membership of various groups under review. In some cases I need to start participating rather than observing.
- Soon I’ll no longer have the support of a big organisation behind me. So I need to work out what I will need to keep current with my particular niche. What subscriptions should I maintain? What comms and IT kit do I need? What’s the cheapest way to achieve all of this?
- I need to think about what, if any, training I might need. If there is a niche that I want to exploit what will help me do that? I’m probably a bit old to muck about with MBAs and that sort of thing but is there something out there that will update my skills in a relevant way?
- It would be easy to slip off the radar once I’m booted off the premises. So what local groups and networks are there that I can get involved with that will stop folks wondering, ‘Whatever happened to that RPS chap?’
- If I’m not working full-time I’ll also have a chance to see what, if any, scope there is for me to do my bit in The Big Society. What can I offer to local organisations?
I need to organise these and other thoughts into a coherent plan. The sands are now running pretty quickly out of my timer so I need to exploit every moment I have to get ready for launch.
Watch out 2011 … here I come.