Hello listeners. Just for a change here’s a blog post about me, myself and I – in my other hat as AA Editorial Services - also on Facebook - but also about the marvellous of Outset Swindon and the great business community I'm discovering here.

Back in 2010 I found myself in the position of having early retirement. This was a situation which had its advantages, such as being able to go exploring new avenues, but the downside of course was, and is, the hit on income with the state pension still some years away.

One of the aforementioned avenues I explored was to go off to university as a full-time, and very mature, student to pursue a degree course in English and English Language. This lovely sunny 2014 summer saw me complete my degree and graduate with a 1st class BA Hons degree.

But, now aged 58, with eight years to go before I can access my state pension and realising that job prospects are limited I have set out on a new venture into self-employment.

As it happens, during the summer break of my second year at university I attended Outset Swindon's courses - and to anyone out there that has an idea for a business or just wants to find out how to go about starting their own business I'd urge you to get in touch with these people. They are so helpful. 

So anyway, in a shrinking and increasingly competitive job market necessity has become the mother of invention. With an English language degree under my belt, attendance at Outset Swindon’s startup courses, experience as a regular blogger at www.swindonian.me and experience writing digital copy gained while at university, I'm now equipped with the tools to offer a range of editorial services, as well an insight into the use of social media, all of which are useful to businesses and individuals who need to convey information through the written word. In other words: anyone.

So as I've begun my foray into self-employment I'm seeing a whole new face of Swindon - that of it's business community. I've started going to business networking events and have met many kind and supportive people. It strikes me that Swindon is a darn good place to run a business from. I've also come into contact with some fab businesses but more of that on my actual blog.