One of the issues with moving to Canada for my husband’s work, is ‘what happens to my work’ whilst we’re there?
Three years ago I decided to leave corporate life and set up my own consultancy business after 19 years with the same company. I love what I do, but the time had come to try something new, push myself into creating opportunities elsewhere and besides, I’d always hankered after setting something up by myself and seeing what happened. There was also a frustration that after having 3 ‘kids’ and enrolling them in nurseries and link clubs before and after school, I felt they deserved a better quality of life rather than being deposited in various locations either end of the school day. I wanted to be able to spend quality time with them in the school holidays, and even on a day by day basis, be able to relax, enjoy time with them, talk to them and be there with them.
Well, that was 3 years ago and never a day goes by without me thinking that this was absolutely the right thing to do. My business is doing well – I work with some really great people, we have an ever growing set of clients and the work has proved stimulating and challenging – just what I love. Fundamentally though for the most part, I achieve my goals for the kids and yes, have managed to strike a balance between doing stuff that I really enjoy and earning an income from, plus spending quality time with the kids.
So, what’s going to happen when we depart to Canada?
The initial thinking is that there should be no reason why the business can’t continue whilst I’m gone. Fortunately, the business has become more than just me, and the aim is to use others within the team who can deliver to our clients ‘at the coalface’, whilst I remain more in the ‘back room’ – I’ll just be physically 2000 miles away. I can contribute to a lot of the material and activities we do, and assist in steering the ship from Canada. There’s also the prospect of starting to grow what we do over in Canada too – but first steps first, let’s get over there and see what happens, get the kids settled and my husband’s work underway.
I’m also mindful that it’s not a permanent move and the plan is to come back. So, my challenge is to maintain what I’ve built up over the last 3 years whilst we’re in Canada, but be able to pick up again and deliver direct to clients in the UK when I return. Hopefully it’ll be a smooth transition and everything will go to plan. And even if it’s not, I’m sure other opportunities will present themselves along the way and take it in directions I’ve not even thought of. The benefit of living this lifestyle is that the very choice I made 3 years ago has made the prospect of relocating overseas all that much easier. If I had still been in a corporate, full time, permanent role, I’m sure the thought of relinquishing that would have been much scarier and potentially inhibiting.
I’m quite excited at the prospect of the unknown – I love change, I love challenge and I love trying new things and creating our own trails. I don’t tend to sit back and wait, but get involved and make things happen. It’ll be interesting to capture how everything evolves.
As I’m sure it will 🙂