So, it’s been a while since I wrote anything here at timwakeling.com
Running a business takes up your time, it turns out! (I know – not news)
But that’s about to change for me – due to some big news:
As of this week, I’ll no longer own the Helpful Book Company – it’s becoming employee owned. I’ll hang around for a couple of weeks for some last handover tasks, then I’ll no longer work there.
After 14 years or so building the company up, it’s quite emotional but I think this is definitely the right thing for the company and for me.
We announced it this morning – and within minutes we had dozens of emails from customers saying good luck – to me and to the company. It’s really nice that our customers care enough to want to reply.
I want to step back and do something new and I don’t want to sell the company to some other organisation that might change the ethos behind it or relocate it away from Cumbria so people have to move or stop working there.
There’s more detail about what’s going on at Helpful Books in this copy of the announcement email.
But what about me? Well, as I say, I’ll have more time to write this blog.
I might even write a series of “What I’ve learnt setting up & growing The Helpful Book Company” articles. And maybe something about the business becoming Employee Owned – why I did it and how it works.
Apart from that, after a bit of a break, I’m planning to go back to University to do a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship.
It seems a bit odd – like it’s the wrong way round. After all, I’ve already set up a successful business. But I’d like to learn more about other businesses and understand a bit more of what makes it all work.
At the very least the experience of that will help me narrow down what’s next. In particular I’m interested in carrying on afterwards to a PhD in some area of entrepreneurship (maybe to do with employee owned companies) and the masters will help me see if that is the right thing for me.