CAREERS: My Big Break - Erin Flynn, president of Flynn Media in New York

I officially got started in my career a year ago at the ripe age of 30. For months, I mulled over the idea of going out on my own as a writer and publicist. When I finally took the plunge, it was as if I embarked upon a new life. At my last full-time job, I was no longer challenged, and knew there was nowhere to advance.

I officially got started in my career a year ago at the ripe age of 30. For months, I mulled over the idea of going out on my own as a writer and publicist. When I finally took the plunge, it was as if I embarked upon a new life. At my last full-time job, I was no longer challenged, and knew there was nowhere to advance.

Prior to self-employment, I worked for a training firm. I realized I could not tap their clients for business, but I could tap their competitors.

So I started cold calling, slowly getting clients and establishing editorial contacts with each new assignment.

Now, I write and do PR for small businesses, authors, and national speakers.

Had I known the entrepreneurial lifestyle would be so fascinating, I'd have started doing this years ago.

So I guess you could say that I gave myself my first big break. I call the shots and control my own destiny. I'm not waiting on someone else to determine if I deserve a raise.

I'd recommend that more PR pros ditch full-time work for solo careers.

It can be scary at first, but who knows what the future will hold?

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