In September 2010 (mid-recession) married, 4 kids and a mortgage I resigned from my role as Solicitor with a well-known Glasgow firm and decided to set up on my own. There were no client’s on my books but lots of overheads being spent on a daily basis. I had to turnover a minimum of £3,000 per month simply to break even. Apparently, so they say, I was set up to fail.
But you see that is it, failure only comes if you plan to fail. I instead chose to plan differently; I planned to succeed. I used my in built desire to win at everything in this my new business. Yes there were challenges and yes there were down turns. Yes there remain challenges and yes there remain down turns today. Yes there will be challenges and yes there will be down turns. Think positive, believe that you can, and you will!! If you want to succeed; if you want it that bad; if you know there is no other option then fortune does indeed favour the brave.
My name is Billy Smith and I am the Director of Complete Clarity Solicitors Ltd, the Director of uSell Homes Limited and the Director of Simplicity Legal Limited. My business turned over £600k last year, we have 12 members of staff and a plan for the future to become the first legal services provider in Scotland to deliver truly outstanding service and accordingly a legal services business which will stand head and shoulders above the competition.
Along the way many have supported, none more so than Davie McConnachie, owner and Director of Davie and DMC. At times, certainly in business and also with many of the challenges life throws at us, we need to strong support, encouragement and guidance of others. Davie has helped me in achieving what I believe is one of the cornerstones of my success, namely a very strong mind.
So, what do you plan to do?