I am officially self employed… Risking it for a biscuit…

I made the risky decision to quit the corporate rat race 9-6 last June (there is nothing wrong with the corporate world, it’s just not for me, 7 years of it was enough) in favour of doing what I have always been doing but instead of doing it on the side (writing,blogging), doing it full time.  So I now have 3 jobs so far and work at my own pace at my own speed on my own terms on my own time. In other words, I’ve just made up my own job and I love it. It’s has taken about 9 months to get this far. It does help that I have a babe of a husband who is massively supportive…


I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy to begin with. There were tears, the lack of routine had me all over the shop, you start to doubt yourself and when no work is coming up, the motivation levels can yo yo from day to day.  I thought I was going to struggle to eat and pay my bills in the first few months but I persevered.  If it was easy, I suppose everyone would just quit and make up their own job. I just didn’t want to look back in 10 years and be like, oh I wish I had of  just gone for it. So I decided to just go for it last year and thought to myself, what is the worst that can happen? Like I’m not going to die…(obviously I went for the worst case scenario!!)

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I’m starting to get into the groove now and I just love it. The only thing I am not loving is all the receipt business and taxes and all that jazz and I am still learning that aspect of it all. You only have one life so you may as well just do what you want to do as life is too short to continue doing a job you don’t enjoy…

The moral of the story is that if you’re not enjoying your job or your life then change it, nobody else is going to do it for you. It might be hard at first but I can safely say, it’s worth every minute…

Chase the dream, not the competition…







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Jenny Conlon is a broadcast, freelance journalist, writer and fashion and entertainment critic. Her work has featured on the RTÉ. fashion and entertainments website. She has assisted production of RTÉ's Morning Ireland and The Business. Jenny produced and presented a weekly fashion and entertainment show Girls Talk Back on 103.2 Dublin City Fm and was Newsreader and Editor of the newsroom. Her work continues to feature in Irish publications such as The Irish Tatler, U magazine and The Dubliner. Jenny completed her Masters in International Journalism in 2009. She is looking forward to a jam packed 2012 where she will continue broadcasting and writing and being inspired. She will be modelling for a high street fashion shoot and plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.....

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