It seems like only yesterday that I attended a “Business Women of Toronto” networking event where the presenter shared her experiences and lessons learned from working as an independent consultant. I had been thinking about this path as a potential for myself and this event confirmed my view that this may be right for me. I started to brainstorm on company name. Some people said it doesn’t really matter, but for me, this was important. My company name had to represent ALL of who I was and communicate the full breadth of capabilities that I would bring to my clients. And I was pretty clear that I wanted my name in it somewhere too. I tried a few variations but eventually landed on RK Transformation Consulting Services and never looked back.
It was all just a “twinkle in my eye” until a past colleague called and asked if I was interested in independent consulting. Of course, I was – I had been thinking about it for months! Then the whirlwind started – Meetings with the accountant, meetings with the bank, meetings with my first potential client, etc. I still remember the emotions at each stage. Picking up the incorporation papers and then setting up the bank accounts – holding all the approved paperwork and feeling “Oh My God – I may have no money in this business yet, but Oh My God, my company is REAL!” Then there was the other emotion – the client was anxious to get started as soon as possible, so no time for frills. Being the perfectionist that I am, while I was happy with my first contract, it really bothered me that I didn’t have a sharp-looking company logo on it! Within a few months, I hired a creative graphics company to iron that wrinkle out.
As I look back at our journey since those early days, much like a 3-year old toddler, we had so many firsts. First client, first contract, first income deposit, first project change request, first corporate tax return, first business partnership, first supplier agreement, first batch of business cards, first batch of logo-ware, launch of our website and social media, first version of our chart of accounts and so much more! I’m proud of all that we have accomplished – and I say “we” because I couldn’t have done it alone. I was fortunate to have a small ‘village’ of people who contributed in so many ways to help move the vision forward. I love birthdays, and it’s important to pause and celebrate – Happy Birthday, RK-TCS! And a heart-felt THANK YOU to all the people in my village – you know who you are!
As I look forward to the coming years, there is so much more to do as we continue to grow. I’m anxious to get it all done yesterday – but am reminded by my fellow small business owners that Rome wasn’t built in a day. I hear that it takes 5 – 7 years to fully establish a business and I look forward to fondly looking back at these formative years in the future – right now, all I see is so much more that needs to be done! The best is yet to come.
By Rekha Kulshreshtha, President, RK-TCS