CONSULTANT BLOGS / ANGIE DOOLING
After twelve years in a traditional firm, I switched to consultancy and never looked back
Taking in the Wiltshire countryside whilst enjoying a walk with Rufus.
I started working with Setfords as a consultant conveyancer in September 2019, after 12 years at a traditional, high street firm. I was feeling frustrated with the restrictions of nine to five working, especially since I run two businesses, have five grandchildren and a hectic home life.It was clear that something needed to change. I wasn’t quite sure what that would be until I received a letter from someone who was already working at Setfords and was representing the other side on a transaction. I was intrigued and once I had researched the firm, I rang the solicitor to have a quick chat.We had a good talk and he suggested I contact some other consultants to get a better picture as to what the working environment is like. I did, and was so delighted and excited by what I heard, I decided to make the move.
The grandchildren enjoying time with Nan at the beach.I was slightly nervous since I had always worked in an office environment and was used to the camaraderie and helping partners get through the daily tasks. I was also worried if I would have enough clients.
“Almost immediately, I noticed that Setfords was a whole different world…”
Enjoying more weekday walks in the countryside.My day usually begins at 6am with a dog walk. My emails are on my mobile phone so I can answer them early if I wish to do so.
“Some days I finish work at lunchtime, others at 3 pm and sometimes I might finish work at 7 pm, but it’s always my decision on the hours I choose to work.”
“I have actually found that I can make more money than was possible in the office environment, whilst also having a lot more flexibility, long weekends away and also just generally enjoying life more.”
Rufus enjoying time at the beach.When I left my high street firm, some of my friends and family were slightly concerned that I wouldn’t have a regular wage coming in. Some thought I was mad for leaving the ‘security of an office environment’. But my thoughts were if I didn’t have any work, I would simply go out and market myself a little bit more. I participate in networking groups and always have done. Failure has never been an option.The biggest challenge of being a consultant was overcoming the fear of the unknown and worries about not being able to make enough money. But those fears were short-lived. I have actually found that I can make more money than was possible in an office environment. I have also enjoyed having a lot more flexibility, long weekends away, and generally just enjoying life more.
“It’s great to see people coming on board and to see the excitement when they realise their lives are changing for the better.”
“I would never look back, but I do look forward and hope to expand in the not too distant future.”
What Angie’s clients say
Thinking about consultancy?The vast majority who join Setfords as consultants go on to be a huge success, earning more money, experiencing less office politics, and enjoying a better-work life balance. The next consultant could be you. So get in touch today and take the next step towards a happier life.
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