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Adrian Pitt

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An actor’s life for me?!


ADRIAN PITT from Develop-meant Training Consultants dons a glittery head scarf, gives his crystal ball a rub and ponders his company's future. Is there more exciting learning and development work on the horizon, or is he due a 'bit part' in Corrie as "man in Roy's caff, with full English, trying to eat tinned tomatoes quietly"?!


* The accountant's been paid

* The tax man's been paid (almost!)

* The Professional Indemnity insurance cheque has gone off...

There's just enough money left under that creaky floorboard for a Kit Kat and a Pot Noodle! Heck! A couple of my contracts come to an end December/January time. I've been fortunate that, quite early on in this Self Employment malarkey, work that I've thoroughly enjoyed doing came along, standing me in good stead with a regular income. Now what?!

I could always be an 'extra' in Eastenders? Stood in the market with a jar of jellied eels, opening and closing my mouth and trying not to look at the camera?! Funnily enough, I do feel a bit like a "jobbing actor", waiting for my next project to come galloping over the horizon. I don't think its quite hit me yet (although when I press the "Submit" button for this post, I think the penny will drop!) that I should be putting the feelers out now, looking to early next year to determine my next path. I don't want that next project slowly trotting towards me - "galloping" is the word I used!

This is where a check back to my Business Plan comes in (you know, that document that tends to become a handy drawer-liner, or an emergency paper towel when you knock your Ovaltine over your keyboard?!). Plus, a look at what I'm offering and a recce of my target market. "Time for review and reflection" I think I'll call it!

I'd be interested to hear how you guys prepare for contracts/projects that are due to expire. This will be the first time I've been faced with this scenario. All tips gratefully received to save me from the 'soaps'!!

Best wishes,


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