Working as an auditor in an international audit firm takes a lot of getting used to, but after ten years I was very much at home in the high-pressure, high-performance environment. I was a senior manager knocking on the door of partnership and I lived the culture as much as anyone. When the firm reneged on their agreement to make me a profit centre I decided to leave the firm rather than put an end to our plans of building a change management consultancy. Instead of starting the practice inside the firm I would simply work from home and engage my UK partners whenever I won business. The change from working in a big firm to working at home was enormous. Gone were the structure, the support, the colleagues, the fun. In addition to finding, doing, and billing for my work, I was also now responsible for accounts receivable, IT, garbage, tea, cleaning, etc.