4 years ago Lucy Lynn-Evans had the misfortune of dancing with a truck, crushing her pelvis and knee. Thankfully, after months in hospital, she was back on her feet. But walking hurt… a lot. Cycling was a different story; on her bike she felt free and her horizons were once again limitless. It was time to throw in the PA towel, and do something that she actually loved...
I can only offer my own experiences, but am more than happy to share them with anyone looking to do something unique and creative. I am so happy to be transforming the activity I love into a business, that I will warmly encourage and aid anyone looking to do the same.
Today I run Bike2Basics. I organise relaxed bike rides to festivals and cities in the UK. We strap music speakers to the back of our bikes, get the wind in our hair and follow the quietest routes we can find through the countryside.
I now work to my own schedule, I run my own website, choose who I want to work with (recruiting and training tour guides is one of my favourite parts of the job) and I feel cheeky even calling 'researching routes' work.
Before I realised what I wanted to do with my life (or this section of it), I was a PA.
Organising somebody else's work diary, creating spreadsheets that I frankly couldn't care less about, watching the business world move around me whilst I was staying in the same place.
I suppose it happened slowly, and then very fast. As I cycled more, went further, and encouraged more people to join me, an idea was certainly dawning.
Yet it was only when I arrived back in England at the end of a particularly stupendous bike-orientated summer, and friends of friends were already asking for tips as to where to go next year, that I realised I was sitting on something special.
It was then I sat down and decided to adopt a business perspective.
I quit my job as a PA, but needed alternative work from somewhere, so started tutoring, which is fantastic hours and pay. Start up costs have remained pretty low, so I have managed to either provide the money myself, or gradually use the revenue from the tours themselves.
The best is obvious: working for yourself, doing exactly what you want, with exactly who you want.
The worst is probably the brief feeling of drowning; at times I just don't know if I am heading blindly in the wrong direction or not.
But, I have learnt that this feeling is always transient and a good reason to stop and review your actions and your business.
Whilst it sometimes can all be a little scary, that's what makes it exciting.
I have been the beneficiary of many useful nuggets, but these have been the ones that helped me the most: