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meeting the deadline is worse than turning down the job. The choice then becomes theirs and it is remarkable how many will wait. It might also be that you would have become over-stressed trying to juggle too many jobs and end up more stressed than you were when fully employed. Have back up (but not employees) Next try to forge some good alliances. You are likely to be asked for work that might not be your forte or that you can’t fi t in. It is then that having someone you know well, and who works in the same way, can give you a huge advantage because you can refer them. Yes maybe without any benefi t to you, but the client will remember that you have done them a favour – and the referral will defi nitely remember you and, in a perfect world, refer back to you. Employing people should be the last resort. People who have opted for a lifestyle change are likely to struggle because management is time- consuming (it involves a lot of training) and you are likely to fi nd yourself back in the world of stress and worry that you are trying to keep well away from. In summary, make a plan. Understand your reasoning, allocate your time, communicate clearly, build alliances and don’t start employing people. If you can stick to all of these I can almost guarantee you will achieve your goals. If you would like to know more about good business practice then email me at peter.savage@azule.co.uk or see our website to read the other articles in this series: www.azule.co.uk KITPLUS - TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 98 FEBRUARY 2015 | 39