Claire Beveridge - Editorial Services in Oxford

Why did you start your business?

When I had my daughter, I was convinced that I’d be going back to work after maternity leave. But having a baby can do funny things to you. I quickly realised that my daughter would grow up quickly (and she has) and I didn’t want to miss it.

Cue a conversation with my boss that went like this:

“I would like you to consider making a my role a job share or letting me work part-time when I come back from maternity leave please.”

“Hmm… you can work 4 days a week. You’ll have to fit 5 days of work into the 4 days and take a 20% pay cut. Ok?”

Erm… no! I went back full-time and as soon as I could, I resigned.

It was a shame, and I wonder how many other good employees have been lost from companies in a similar way.

I ended up taking in some work on a freelance basis. As time went on, I took on new clients and my workload grew. Fast-forward to today and I now have a thriving editing and copywriting business.

The journey has been an interesting one. I’ve learned a lot of lessons the hard way. It took me around 5 years to even start thinking of myself as a business owner because I had become a businesswoman by accident, and I had do do some serious money mindset work 

However, one thing I don’t regret is handing in my resignation. It’s given me flexibility and meant that I’ve been around for my daughter as she’s been growing up. It’s not the solution for everyone, but it definitely has been for me.

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