I decided to run my own business and came up with an idea when I briefly returned to the UK for a few months in 1999. I had been a supply teacher in London for many years and understood the ins and outs of the industry. I also knew that agencies relied on teachers from countries like South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Therefore, I figured out that I could procure teachers for them in Western Australia, where none of the existing agencies had offices. I approached a range of organisations and my old employer agreed to work with me. I spent the next two years sitting on the beach in Fremantle finding teachers when I felt like it. I enjoyed being my own boss but I hated all the paperwork and the worry over not knowing if I could pay the rent each month. I didnt plan this venture in any way and relied on my creativity to face any issues when they arose. After about six months I figured out that my future relied on building a closer relationship with the universities in the area and recruiting new graduates. If I had just thought about things a bit more deeply when I started I might have worked this out much sooner.
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