Anyone broken free from professional life? Warning: rant

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  • Do you also play bike polo? ;)

  • Keep meaning to drop in at some point, looks like a tidy little shop. Congrats on finding your way :)

  • We’re fair weather polo players, April-September...

  • Thanks mate. Come by for a coffee some time.

  • @cycleclinic Congrats. That sounds amazing. Looking to make a similar move to you guys at some point soon. Really inspirational and glad you guys derive some joy out of it.

  • Thanks for this, I've been at Brixton Cycles since the summer, initially only for 10 weeks but I'm still there and all thanks to ya!

    Did 5 years in the City, as a structured finance analyst then promoted to deal closing analyst. Decided I wanted some time off, why not give bike spannering a go and went for it.

    It was not all smooth sailing, was initially offered a place to start my own bike shop, the day I was supposed to take the keys, Mr. A told me Mr. B said the space has been given to someone else, rang Mr. B and apparently Mr. A said the space was given to someone else.

    Did some shifts at a few bike shops prior too, 2 ghosted me after less than a handful of shifts, the other was just pure toxic - racist, homophobic, misogynistic owners and yeah 'they can only afford to pay me £8.40/hour'.

    I'm loving it at BC, 8-6 is fine (done more than that before...), quirky and demanding clients (pretty used to screaming and swearing bankers, doesn't faze me at all), working with bikes is a dream come true!

  • I have gone from being the least civil civil servant to a contended cycling instructor and these days I specialise in training instructors and teaching maintenance.

    I was at a jump or be pushed moment in my old work and was lucky to work for CTUK where I was keen to take opportunities to develop and they let me do so. Now I work freelance but get to chose when I work and do loads of fun stuff. Recently all cycle training trainers had to undergo retraining and one of the companies I freelance for paid for my retraining. As an instructor trainer there have been other things come my way. Developing new training products, working on pilot schemes and a lot of mentoring and support work.

    Last year was a bit of a hiatus from training work, just doing little bits as I was project managing building work. Now the building work is almost wound up I set myself goals of days per month and income for the year. Plan was to gradually ramp up the work and had clear goals as to where I wanted to be by the middle of the year. After the first month I had already met my June target for monthly income and am working less days than I expected. Last week more options were offered to me and again I am being given more training to deliver additional products (one of which I did consultancy on during its development).

    TLDR I am amazingly lucky and have found sustainable income at a gentle rate. Doing work you love is worth a pay cut.

  • Doing work you love is worth a pay cut

    It’s worth more than it’s weight in gold

  • I am working in Cardiff next week

  • Come by and say hi. I’m literally always there.

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