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From Engineering to E-commerce

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"I enjoyed the work... but there wasn't really anything creative about my role. This was the missing link for me."  So Beth Elsdon braved some rocky financial times to set up an online craft marketplace – bringing what she loved into her career and getting the flexibility she was after. Here's how she did it.

From Osteopathy to Elves

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"I decided that unless I gave it a go, I would always wonder what would have happened.” Emily Beckloff loved her day job but also had a burning curiosity to see if she could turn one of her other passions into a side business. Here’s how she navigated vulnerability and choke hazards to make her dreams – and those of children all over the world – a reality.

From Events to Support Work

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"I'd become disillusioned... I wanted to do something more meaningful with my life." Fed up with the waste he saw in his industry, Ian Rowlands cut back his expenses to allow him to move into work that finally felt right for him. Here's how he did it.

From Finance to Bags

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"Though I was good at my job, I wasn't passionate about it. I often thought about leaving, but the only opportunities I could see were doing the same thing at another company." Stuck, Marcia spent years planning to start her own business. Just when she was ready to leap, a new opportunity arrived out of left field. Here's how she made it work for her.

From Teaching to PR

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"I didn't want to stay where I was just because it was the 'comfortable' option." Arun Lloyd knew it was time for a rethink. So, he got into action, taking an approach that enabled him to break into an industry in which he had no previous experience. Here's how he did it.

From Communications to Brand Storytelling

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"Each night, I would sit down at the computer and search for a job that didn't exist. It was exhausting and soul destroying." Instead, Lucy Eckley decided to design her own career. It's taken longer than she expected, but here's how she's doing work that combines her passions with the flexibility and freedom she was looking for.

From Telecoms to Weddings

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"I was making myself ill by keeping myself stuck in a job I didn't like. I knew I had to do something." Ilaria Petrucci didn't make one big shift. Instead, she did it in stages – easing her way out of her corporate job and into her own business. Here's how she made it happen.

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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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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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.

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