I’m Andy MacLellan and I’ve been self employed for pretty much my entire adult life. I love the thrill of setting up a business. I want to share some tips and advice I’ve picked up from some amazing entrepreneurs I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. That’s what this site is about – it’s not run by a conglomerate. It’s just an honest reflection of what life is really like for small business owners in the UK.
I certainly don’t regard myself as an entrepreneur. That’s a very special kind of person and I’m happy to leave that title to the Richard Bransons and Gary Vaynerchuks of this world. I’m just a bloke from North East England who doesn’t like being told what to do. Like most folk, I want to make enough money to enjoy life with my wonderful family.
My current projects
As a digital content creator I run several YouTube channels and web sites that revolve around the things I’m passionate about – this includes making things, playing the drums and of course running a small business. I’m also co-host of the UK’s first commercial joinery podcast, the Measuring Up Podcast.
My past projects
Technically I’m a qualified studio engineer but my skills in that area are long out of date! Shortly after coming out of college I nearly set up a recording studio but that didn’t work out (long story). I then fell in to a career in IT infrastructure. I ended up working for some of the biggest corporate blue-chips on the planet while also doing my own freelance consultancy work. I eventually escaped corporate life and set up my own company. Together with my business partner we slowly built the business from scratch – it evolved in to a multi-award winning IT services consultancy. It was time for a change so we sold the company and a few years later I escaped IT completely. I set up a successful(ish) drum teaching studio but had to knock this on the head when my mum became ill – it simply wasn’t bringing in enough money and I’d ran out of hours. In the meantime I ran a local property maintenance and woodworking business to bring the pennies in while developing the creative media side of things. That pretty much brings us up to date!
Why this site?
You’re on this planet for a ridiculously short amount of time, so make the most of it! Don’t waste it doing a job you hate. Pull your finger out, stop talking about it and just get it sorted. It might sound scary being out there on your own in this big complicated world of ours but honestly – don’t over think it. If you have the slightest inclination, the slightest spark to leave the rat race and be entirely independent of corporate responsibilities, performance targets and pointless meetings, you owe it to yourself and your family to at least give it a go.
At some point you’ll run out of time and I 100% guarantee to do nothing will be one of the biggest regrets of your life. Whether you create a one-person boutique business bringing in a few thousand pounds a year or you make something special that changes the lives of thousands of people, at least give it a go. What’s the worst that could happen? I wish you all the success in the world on your new business venture!
Andy Mac x