After thirty years of living and working in Asia for a sum total of three employers, I left my last job after 21 years and decided to embark on a new venture. The seeds for this began during WFH in the early part of 2020 when everything turned upside down due to COVID-19.
Adjusting to not going to work but still working took some time. The hour spent commuting to and from the office required 'spending' in different ways. Never a big sleeper, the various emails and messages received overnight were scanned, sorted, and prioritised in the time between waking and getting up. The reading of news via apps and websites, and various enewsletters normally reserved for the bus and train, were completed before and during my first cup of tea.
As work from home policies cascaded through clients based in Asia, then Europe and the States, I (along with the rest of world) became a heavy/heavier user of Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Signal, WeChat, WhatsApp, and - what I term 'exotics' - other video and messaging platforms. I devised a work schedule that worked but often found myself chatting to colleagues, clients and family people late into the night.
[I should add it's always been awkward talking about COVID-19 with regards to Hong Kong in comparison with the rest of the world.]
The point is, working from home allowed time for career re-appraisal and thinking about where I wanted to be in ten years' time; this was spurred on by the fact my 'workversary' was in August 2021 (three employers in three decades). That thought was the catalyst for change mentally and the coining of, 'If you don't try it, how do you know?' became my mantra.
The more I thought about it, the more it made sense and I soon found myself adjusting to the idea.
Now all I needed was a company name, a website, a strategy, clients, and a bunch of other stuff to necessitate the change.