I’ve been waiting to post this for a few weeks now and as scary as it is, I also couldn’t be more excited to share this new career chapter with you all.
I normally don’t share anything too personal here as I always want this to be a place of inspiration and happiness, but I know this is a topic that sadly, so many can relate to during this time and I want to be a source you can reach out to or look to for advice.
I WAS LET GO
Almost two months ago, I was shockingly let go from my job of five years due to budget cuts as a result of COVID-19. It came out of nowhere and at the beginning of a global crisis, especially in a city like NYC, it was so scary not knowing if I was going to be able to find a new job and most importantly health insurance when there was a such a high chance of getting sick.
Those first few days I felt completely numb. I slept in till noon almost everyday and tried keeping myself busy with organizing, cooking and working out because I just wanted to keep my mind off everything. I am so lucky to have a great support system though who sent me texts, calls and cookies to help me feel better.
RELY ON YOUR CONNECTIONS
If you know me I’m not great at sitting still (which is extra hard in quarantine!). I started to think what I really wanted and at 28 what did I want to do next? I loved what I had been doing at my job, which for those who don’t know, was running influencer campaigns for a range of clients, along with having my blog. I was able to learn so much on both sides and how to make those two work together.
The first thing I did was reach out to literally everyone I knew to let them know I had been let go. It’s a scary thing sharing that news and I was so appreciative of how supportive and kind everyone was to me. As I began DMing, texting and emailing with past clients, influencers and brand contacts, I started to brainstorm what I could next and was so humbled by how many people shared that they were interested in working together. That is when I decided to take a leap and start my own company.
A NEW CAREER CHAPTER
So now a month in, I am excited to announce my new business, Carly A. Hill Communications! I have some amazing clients, both on the brand and influencer side, and will be managing influencer campaigns, building influencer/brand relationships and assisting with content creation and more. I currently have seven clients signed on and it’s been so fulfilling to start building new relationships and putting projects together.
Starting a small business is scary (especially now) and I want to first say that I know I am in a fortunate place that I had my blog as a side hustle to help save money before this started. While of course it was still scary and stressful going through the steps of unemployment, figuring out health insurance and more, I am so grateful for having some money saved as I know that is not the case for so many right now.
I am so beyond thankful for the friends and family members who were able to give me so much incredible advice on what to do and what not to do when beginning your own business. From explaining how to hire a lawyer and an accountant to passing along their tips, I am so grateful for their help. I come from a family of small business owners and I’ve seen the ups and downs firsthand, but also the joy and success it brings too.
So how are my days different than when I worked in an office? Well, with everyone working from home these days, I am still in the process of figuring things out but the biggest difference has been making my own schedule and hours. I’m a night owl and find I’m more productive in the evenings so I’ve been enjoying building a schedule that works for me. I also have loved being able to focus on the blog more and am excited to watch it grow too, so thank you for continuing to support this part of my life!
NEW CAREER CHAPTER: WHAT’S NEXT
I’m excited to share more career advice with you all so would love to know topics you’d like to learn more about, whether it’s the best advice I received in starting my own business to office outfit inspiration to work from home tips.
Overall, I want to say that as cliche as it may be, it really is true that moments like this can be a blessing in disguise. I was let go from my first job in NYC over five years ago when the business went under as well and it led me to a job I loved for five years. Now the sadness in that job ending has led me to an amazing new career chapter and I’m so excited for what’s to come!