Seduced by the lifestyle of self employment

Julie* has been an insurance broker for fifteen years, and three years ago she decided to work for herself. Since then she’s been gently seduced by the freedoms of working for herself.

“I was very good to begin with, I used to work from my office in the City. I’d go in and do a normal working day and then I thought I can be a little bit flexible with my time."

"Then I got a puppy.”

A family firm of architects

In 2004 Brian O’Reilly had been working as an architect for 12 years and was a director in a practice with 12-14 people.  With his wife, also an architect, “we decided, when our first child was born, we’d try to do something to get more control of our working lives.”
“It can become frustrating working for other people.”  He’d had experiences of designing something and “other people taking the credit for it, because it suits the business better.”

Taking over a veterinary practice

Andrew Kirby stepped up to running his own show when his boss decided to take his family back to Australia. “His wife made a decision that she wanted to go, and one of the options was selling the business”

For Andrew it felt like a natural progression “and I had a bit of a kick start really, because I had already been here for three years.”

“And I was at that stage where you’re deciding whether you want to specialise as in go down the route of academia and end up as a specialist or whether to be a general vet.”

Life as an architect: creating buildings for a living

Nicholas Oatway has been an architect for thirty years, and it seems like he never really considered being anything else.

“I was just a kid when I told my parents I was going to become an architect, and I think it was because I used to build models of houses out of blocks of wood and coloured paper and different things.”

“An architect visited us and he made a lot of fuss over my models. I was only about ten, maybe eleven, and so part of it was getting some positive strokes early on.”

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