You would have thought that after 7 years the transition from working in practice for myself, to subcontracting for another firm would be fairly traumatic. It's been three weeks since I sold up and moved on, and it feels strange but in a good way. Granted the handover period was frantic and added a few grey hairs to my head. Initially I had to battle with the motivation to come into the office and spend time with (*gulp*) real people face to face. The team here are really very lovely so it is a big change but I feel it will help me ensure I don't give in to the depression and try to hide from the world whenever I am feeling down.
I had anticipated struggling to work for someone-else after so long managing myself (badly). In reality, I'm far too busy relishing the feeling of having the support of another accountant and a team of bookkeepers and administrators. The far biggest relief is not having to chase clients for payments and worrying about having bills to pay. I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted from my shoulders and I can start living again!
So in summary, it's all good from this quarter. I do reflect occasionally on how I could have run my business better and been infinitely more successful. The person I am working for at present has managed to create everything I had dreamed of having in my own practice and I am in awe of her completely. But I have to accept that I was (still a bit am) burnt out.
I'm taking my first non-business owner holiday on Thursday and I just can't wait!