Careershifters blog

From Snowboards to Baby Products

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“I didn't want to work for anyone else anymore. Also, I calculated the number of hours a year that I was spending commuting. It was insane!” Here's how Mark Harries launched out on his own, reclaimed his family time, and learned some tough lessons along the way.

From TV to Own Businesses

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“I've endured lots of late nights along the way, but it's been so worthwhile and rewarding.” When her role was made redundant, Sarah Best took the chance to strike out on her own. Now she runs a consultancy drawing on her previous experience, while also nurturing a more creative sideline business. Here, she shares how she's using a staged shift to finance where she wants to be long term.

From Employment to Self-Employment

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“I became increasingly unhappy and started to look for alternatives where I could be in control of my own destiny.” Some people aren't cut out to work in a corporate environment. Alistair Gill was one of them. Though he regrets not doing it sooner, he's now been able to transfer his analytical and business skills into working for himself – and getting the control over his destiny that he wanted. Here's how he did it.

From Fashion to Web Design

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“I realised that I literally couldn't make myself care anymore.” Fed up with her mindless work and determined to strip her career back to the bits she loved best, Emma Englishby set out on her own. Here's her story.

From Money to Sports

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“I would rather all that effort was going into a job that was aiming to improve society.” David Tinnion's gut was telling him it was time to move on. Here's how he learned to listen, and how, with the help of a social enterprise programme, he's moved into work that gives something back.