Hi, I’m Fiona. I’m very excited to join Julia and work at The Joy of Business.
I have immense respect for Julia’s work and am excited to be part of this growing team. Behind the scenes, I know there are some great things to come from The Joy of Business over the next year or so.
I’m particularly looking forward to watching the new cohort enter the doors of Remarkable Business. I know how much hard work has gone on behind the scenes to get everything ready. But I’m most excited to see these businesses grow as a result of the good work they’ll be doing with Julia.
This is a bit of a dream job. I get to write and edit copy, set things up on the back of WordPress, dive deep into email campaigns. And I get to get inside the heads of you guys, Julia’s readers.
Learning on the job
That’s not all. I have the pleasure of learning on the job every single day. Not just that new job learning curve or getting the tone of voice needed to edit copy but learning new skills, too. This is actively encouraged at Joy of Business because it’s good for business in so many ways.
In my final year of university, I entered the lottery for the first and only time in my life. Not because I wanted to win big. But I did live in London at the time and a lottery win seemed like the only way to afford my own place. It still does which is why I no longer live in London. (Worcester, if you’re asking).
I started entering the lottery because I didn’t want to stop learning. I’d just completed a Journalism degree and was supposed to be heading out into the big wide world to intern, build my portfolio, get my foot in the door. Only, I wanted to carry on learning new skills instead.
It turns out I didn’t need to win the lottery, I just needed to keep on updating my skills by learning from those around me. Use the experience of others and apply it to what I am doing.
Now I get to use the skills I’ve developed over the years writing for the online world. I get to use my experience in marketing and all that time I’ve spent digging about in the back of WordPress. I also bring a bit of that DIY-ethic that I learned from years of working in independent music. You can think of me as the punk-rock content manager.
Geeking out on your businesses
Plus I get to be geeky about how Joy of Business all fits together. I’m a naturally curious person, an asker of questions. I get to see how this great content is being put to work to help businesses across the UK and beyond. And there are some really interesting businesses out there. People are doing brilliant things and making money from it.
I can really get behind Julia’s goal to make more money and have fun while doing it.
I’ll be honest, the idea of making lots of money has never really appealed to me. The thought that you should do a job with the goal of getting rich is fine for some but just not for me.
My goal has always been to make work not feel like work.
It might be my working-class upbringing where you worked to live rather than lived to work.
But I can really get into Julia’s mindset and what she is teaching these businesses. That running your own business doesn’t have to take over your life and that it should be something you find fun. When you value what you do, then others will too.
As Content Manager for Joy of Business, I expect to be challenged, stretched and find joy in my work. Just like you should when you run your own business.
And so as I’ve been getting into Joy of Business, I’ve been digging around some pretty awesome posts. As a newbie to the business, I wanted to share what I think are the top five posts so far (because there is lots more good stuff to come).
If you’re new to Joy of Business too, this might be a good place to start.