Making the shift to self-employment

attracting customers and getting paid

with Nigel Rawlins

Standing in possibility... means rejecting impossibility and imagining and creating what can be, instead of stewing over what was or settling for what is.

Benjamin Zander

Future possibilities

You are going to live longer, and your retirement could last for 30 years or more

Retirement without meaningful work can lead to cognitive decline and ageing faster

By using your expertise and enhancing your capability you can create a better future for yourself and others.

Focus on the possible

It’s not easy to start a business in order to exploit your know how and expertise. You need to be brave...

You've already done a lot of things in your life. And when you've spent a few years in the work-force there's less time for learning the ins-and-outs of starting a business.

Twenty years ago I tried to make the shift and failed.  I had no idea what to do or how.  Luckily I found a guide who helped me transform what I do, and  get a better understanding of how it all works.

For the last 15 years I have been running a marketing company working with over 50 clients. I've learnt a thing or two about business and how to market and position yourself as an expert. I can do the same for you.

We do this through exploring a range of possible futures and making some choice about what you would like to do. To become who you would like to be. Then I help you make it happen in your own business.

A practical business that excites you and gives you purpose, focus, and a reason to bounce out of bed in the morning.

The journey begins...

It's easy to get lost and distracted with  the less important aspects of starting out,  paying for services, such as logos, websites, business cards.  Don't.

Most people starting out do the same.  However, it is the wrong focus to start with. You'll end up spending a lot of hard earned money, and in many cases waste it. You need your money to help make the transition.

The transition can start while you are working in your current employment.  This is often a better way to move forward into your possible future. My clients who have followed this path have found renewed interest in their work and their capability.

If we look around in middle age at the people who are happy and successful we see it is because they have found what they are good at and are doing it.

Charles Handy

We start with a conversation

I have recently sought Nigel Rawlins advice in establishing a new business idea. I can highly recommend his services. I was struggling to filter my ideas into a feasible concept. After a workshop with Nigel I sought his advice in a one to one setting. Nigel is very intuitive, experienced and sensitive. He gave me a very interesting summation of what I could possibly do to develop a business/service opportunity using my background and experience. He hit on an area I am passionate about and that released that creative energy one gets when ideas resonate with our instincts. In the one on one work we explored ideas and concepts in that core subject area of work to see what was possibly a business concept that had traction. I am now working on the first steps to build that concept into a business.

Nigel brings clarity, empathy, a deep understanding of business and very constructive support. He puts a great deal of work into his sessions and offers very generously of his reading and research. He gave me hints and leads that would have taken me hours to find. I will be going back to him as I reach various key milestones in the development of the concept. I think he can add value to anyone who wants to move on or change pathways in their career.

Anthea Green

Non-Executive Director and Chief Executive of various Healthcare and Disability organizations over 30 years.

Start your journey now


Exploring The Possibilities
Clarity Session

  • initial questionnaire
  • follow up questions
  • initial 90 minute conversation via zoom (like skype)
  • Follow up emails
  • Final 90 minute conversation

This allows us a chance to explore your expertise and where you might like to take it,  along with answering any questions you may have.  I will do some initial research and provide a follow up email with my thoughts.

Please note, due to the time involved I can only work with one person per week



payable in advance


Practical Know-How and How-to

This means a serious, focused start.
We work together to build on your expertise, and to continue growing your influence in your field.

We set things up, such as your website, get moving with the marketing, adopt practical systems and tools to stay focused and get things done.
This includes implementation—
done for you and with you including

planning and
ongoing mentoring and coaching


set up Linkedin

Twitter & Facebook

sales and marketing support etc

$800-1200 per month