Today marks the first anniversary of the start of my career full time contracting, so here's a look back on the previous year including some of the things that I did that were by products of that transition and the associated lifestyle and most of which I wouldn't have done had I still been a full time permanent employee in my previous job.
Was Project Manager for Tesco.com grocery, one of the world's leading e-commerce sites
Was Project manager for a major public sector project in Northern Ireland, part of the Causeway programme.
Gained security clearance
Bought laptop for working away from home
Bought PRINCE2 course, studying in my spare time
Went to the gym a lot
Went to over 80 live performances
Considerably improved my singing.
Turnover of my company that I founded in 2001 is now sufficient to require VAT registration. Filed first VAT return, very boring.
Got RBS Black card.
Visited debating chamber at Stormont
Met the Minister for Enterprise in Scotland
Appeared in the Belfast Telegraph, helped with research for programme on Ulster Scots
Learned about what really makes a good hotel and that few hotels are actually worth staying in for more than a few nights before total boredom sets in. Campaigned against rip off WiFi rates.
Significantly increased my income and moved house.
Admired Central Scotland and the Ayrshire coast from 16,000 feet on a clear blue day, several times.
Was Information lead for a Techcrunch 40 company, Crowdspirit.
Met lots of interesting people from all over the world.
Got used to 4am starts every Monday.
Walked from my bedroom to work every day.
I can now drink in a smoke free pub anywhere in the UK, something I campaigned for on national TV in 1990.
Became my own boss.
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