Birthday cake

Marking four years of freelancing

Exactly four years ago today I sat down at my desk after leaving my job and wondered what to write. Fast forward about 1,460 days and here I am, doing exactly the same. I guess some things are the same, but over the last four years a lot has changed – more so in the past few months than the three and three-quarter years that preceded them.

This time of year always forces me to reflect on what the year before has brought work-wise and what I hope for the next one, but this year even more so. We find ourselves in the midst of a history-making disaster that has affected every single one of us in every way possible. Family, friends, work, health. It’s a full house of horrors.

Given the scale of what’s going on, not just in the UK but across the world, it seems somewhat small to think about the effect on your business, especially when that business is a one-man band, but it certainly has made me reflect on what I do, how I do it, and how to keep it going. The last few months have seen me pour more focus into my business than ever before, both for the practicalities of paying the bills and the sanity that work brings me.

One of the biggest takeaways is that I’m lucky. I’m lucky to be able to do what I do from the safety of my own home, and to be able to continue to do that while many others haven’t been able to. I’m lucky that I had enough time to get my business off the ground before coronavirus hit and decimated so many people’s dreams. I’m lucky that my loved ones have stayed safe, and that I’ve had support from friends and family to check that I’m okay.

So while this could be a roll call of all the wonderful things that have happened in the past year and how Ellen Manning Media Ltd and its PR side, empr, has continued to grow, I’ll stick with feeling lucky. Yes, of course I’ll be having a self-congratulatory glass of something bubbly today and thinking about what the future might hold. But for now, I’ll just be glad that my little business got to four years and has brought me so much joy and fulfilment.