My name is Jackie Smith and I live in Sheffield, a large city in the North of England.
Welcome to my website and if you don’t mind spending a few minutes with me, I can give you some idea of who I am, what my experiences have been and how I can help you come up with a business idea if you are searching for one or if you have one already help you refine it to fit you perfectly.
I want to help you design your perfect business around who you are and how you want to live your life
If you are searching for a way out of your current work situation because you have had enough years battling the system or are seeking a more creative, fulfilling and meaningful way to spend your later working years I warmly & sincerely welcome you here.
Whatever the reason it is important you do something that fits you like a glove
I absolutely know how it feels to be where you are now.
The search for work happiness has caused me a lot of stress and mental pain over the years, and too many to count arguments with people close to me who thought I was "difficult to please" or "a bit lazy and didn't really want to go to work" because it was just so not true.
Like many work tortured souls I have been searching my whole adult life for the perfect job but it has never appeared in any newspaper or become available through any recruitment agency.
The sad truth was...I eventually realised!
But, I also learned...
The happy truth is you can create your own dream work full or part time and I want to show you how to discover a living that will stir your soul and doesn't suck the life out of you.
I have been going to work from Monday to Friday for over 35 years and in that time I have never had a job I ever progressed in because I could never find one to fit me properly.
Like wearing shoes half a size too small, I always felt just a bit uncomfortable most of the time.
Apart from 10 years continuous service in the RAF which I enjoyed, over the last 26 years I have been in 23 other admin jobs so, on average a new one each year
I also had a Saturday job from age 14 for 4 years so if you count that, I have been at work for over 40 years now.
So the reality is, no one can ever say I was work shy.
From the age of 28 after I left the services I began my nomadic work lifestyle
I worked in both the public and private sector so I understand different work cultures employees are in.
I have moved from role to role in search of my dream one only to find each time there was eventually, usually something I disliked about it.
The role itself changed, sometimes it was the customers, a member of the team, a manager, an owner, the organisational ethics, the hours, most definitely the pay, but always something became an excuse to move on again, in the vain hope the next one would be better.
Each time I changed jobs, it was with the most sincere intent to stay and do well.
Each time I said to myself this was the one I would try harder at, or stay longer at but it it wasn't to be.
What I didn't realise was the problem wasn't the job, the problem was me.
I didn't know myself well enough and I wasn't surrounded by people who had any other experiences than the one I was having.
I didn't know any one in business or any freelancers who did their own thing.
I just followed what everyone else did, which was leave school and get a job because I didn't know any other way and continued that way for years.
I didn't realise you could actually design your own job or think outside the standard job box
Now, I realise, after a lot of mistakes, learning from mentors, doing my own research and upgrading my skills for the digital world, there are other ways to live your life and be happy and the root problem why people stay stuck isn't about money.
The root problem is lack of commitment to change & willingness to alter your course as you go.
You have to decide what you want first, commit your soul to it, then take steps to get there.
Nothing is ever perfect to start with so you adjust as you go.
Now to add context to what I offer now, Let's move on to...
I have attempted in the real world to start a business online in several areas, travel, food, finance, relationships and a couple more and failed and also started an off line business with my husband.
On reflection, none of them were ever going to work because I went about it all wrong and didn't listen to my own internal dialogue or stand back and look at who I was or how I did things
The start up with my husband went very badly wrong and nearly destroyed our relationship.
We started a property management company whilst we lived overseas because there was a gap in the market.
Great idea in principle but what we ended up doing was choosing a business that made us work to our weaknesses not our strengths and the resentment we both felt and shared turned into a relationship time bomb.
It wasn't pretty or nice and I don't recommend it.
But we are here to tell the tale and have learned a lot from the experience and now don't think of it as failure at all.
In fact all that has gone before I would now embrace as a blessing in disguise
I know what you need to do to get off the treadmill
I hate the word and the connotation built up around it.
It is such a devastating, confidence kicking, misery inducing part of the English language.
It stops people in their tracks and halts a thousand dreams.
My definition of failure back then was a bad one and I gave myself a very hard time about it, it knocked my confidence for absolutely years and I wasted SO MUCH TIME criticising myself.
Not only that, I allowed others to criticise me too thus re-inforcing the perception of failure in my own mind.
What I didn't realise was you
"never ask travel advice from people who have never left home"
Never a truer word spoken don't you think, perhaps that might resonate with you and your situation, after all you are now older and wiser.
So you will definitely understand why I think...
Looking back at life now through my rear view mirror
My definition now of failure is there is no such thing.
All events along the way are a learning experience and without them I wouldn't be able to understand retrospectively why those ventures never worked out.
Nor be able to explain to you how to mitigate potential problems before they start.
I have learned a lot from my mistakes in the past, they are serving me well in the present and will continue to do so in the future
The upshot of all this "failure" was I had to go back to a regular job doing regular things because I was missing the vital pieces of the jigsaw and instead of looking for answers I accepted it because it was the easiest option and I didn't know how else to change the situation.
I have since learned in very stark terms;
I wasn't organising my life properly and choosing my business idea around the Life First Work Second principal, nor was I choosing a business in line with who I was
I was too busy listening to the follow your passion brigade, an ideal I no longer subscribe to fully.
There are so many, many more more things to consider than just passion for something, and following it may not be the best advice for you.
So now I hope...
If you are still on on that slow boat to job hell and what I have experienced resonates even just a little bit with you, then I would like to help you find your dream life and fit your career around it, not the other way around.
I don't want you to carry on experiencing the same drain on your life you have endured for YEARS because of a lack of knowledge or a helping hand from someone who has been where you are now
It has been a natural thing for me to become a Life First, Work Second Career Coach, as it allows me to help others like you think outside the job box and use my natural talent of seeing the bigger picture to connect dots between what you love to do and come up with creative income streams.
The Life First - Work Second approach has allowed me to understand, there is another way of looking at work and life and how the two can be successfully woven into your own successful life and business.
You too can do work that inspires you and motivates you and makes you want to get out bed in the morning.
Even if you are over 50!
It's a bit of a taster of how you can learn to
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You would benefit from my full course
A downloadable course you can work on at your own pace.
The end result is you come up with a perfect business idea to suit you and your lifestyle using your favourite gifts and talents.
And arrive at your first product or service.
You can start your business part time, alongside your current job or go all in jump in with both feet if you have the time, money or both for your startup business idea.
Take a look at some of the case studies of people I have been talking to...
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And if a middle aged technophobe like me can do it, so can you!
You get 90 days to try it out and if you don't like it you can have your money back without a single question being asked.
So when are you going to work on your own vision?