My initial reaction to my father-in-law offering us a paid trip to the UK for a month was to panic! Even before the excitement set in, I panicked and only because I wasn’t sure how my business was going to survive without me. Now that we are on our last day of our four week holiday, I’m yet to experience any problems or dilemmas or any reason why I need to come back!
So I got to thinking that maybe we should look into moving over to the UK for a year to set up our UK transcription site. We have the website already and clearly my business was being run professionally by my competent and committed administration staff and the timezones were working perfectly. My children are at an age (5 and 7) where changing schools wouldn’t be a massive drama so why not?
I’ve had this thought for a few weeks now so I turned my focus onto how productive it would be whilst we were travelling around. There was opportunity everywhere. I could definitely live in a Village just outside of London. David could transfer within IBM from Sydney to London and still maintain the iPlease and Dictate Australia sites. Whilst we were in the heart of London, I observed many businesses that could utilise transcription services and as I have a few UK clients, I often receive numerous job enquiries from UK transcriptionists. The fact that I can be quite chatty would see me networking quite well here also and I’m sure I’d be able to make some friends.
I started to like the idea more and more and although I would miss Australia, I also miss – and to a certain point – regret not living abroad when I was younger (as you tend to do). So perhaps this is my time? And if nothing else, the UK could do with a bit of pink!