Clair Schwan wrote:
It sounds like you've run yourself right up to the edge of the cliff with respect to billable work. Apparently you only have one customer, and there is a potential for you to join that outfit in a senior position.
I'd be lining up additional customers on my own. Use your network of associates and previous customers to drum up more business. I'd also be pursuing the CEO opportunity as long as I thought it matched my skills and interests, and stayed consistent with my views of being happy.
Perhaps you've been torn between corporate work and self employed. If I were you, I'd make up my mind and go for one or the other. Focus works, and perhaps you're not as focused as you need to be. I also sense that you work better in a corporate environment simply because you haven't been able to get over the financial hump after more than a few years trying it on your own.
Have you tried a smaller corporate environment, like perhaps a few of your associates making a go of it? It's a good way to make higher income, have more autonomy, and not get caught up in the sludge of a larger business operation.
Know yourself, know your technical/managerial strengths, and get yourself positioned in the marketplace (on your own or in a corporation) to make the best use of what you have to offer. That's one of the best ways to satisfaction at work and more income to work with.
Clair- very insightful, thank you for the thoughts..
I do think a big issue has been the lack of focus - I have often in my life grappled with the corporate Vs artistic/creative sides of my personality, and once out of the corporate world this internal battle certainly came to the fore. When I have had a clear direction in the past, then I have always succeeded so this would back that up.
I want to reclaim control of my own destiny and drive my own success, whatever environment that ends up being in. A smaller corporate may be a good option.
Once again, thanks..