My business was thrown together in hurry and totally the opposite of recommended business practices, I made it up as I went along. I had no business plan and no customers.
I had heard about a new social enterprise starting up and went and had a fate sealing cup of coffee with the energetic and wonderful Kathleen Wright. She was setting up a co-working space in Johnsonville and I wanted to be part of it, however I didn’t have a business…
I had had a few Ideas circumnavigating my brain but frankly that happens all the time, it’s kind of my default setting so I hadn’t paid too much attention. Now I needed to consolidate these thoughts into a brilliant business idea.
I have a background in sales, operations, business strategy and generally getting the best out of people and the businesses I work with. I have great energy and get huge buzz out of making a difference. Having successfully mentored several small business I thought this might be a good place to start.
Grow My Business was born and I moved into Sub Urban Co-working.
I knew what I was good at, was pretty sure there was a market, I just needed to prove it. While knowing and being a great advocate for market validation and I had done none, zero, nada. What I decided to do was validate WHILE doing.
It was a risk but a calculated one - I spent the bare minimum, I had the time to invest and gave myself a time limit. Most importantly I could change quickly if I needed to.
Why? I had spoken with a lot of people and heard what they were going to do or were planning to do but weren’t actually doing any of it. I’m just not that person. I needed to do to see if it was for me.
18 months down the track it’s been a fabulous ride! My business has evolved and grown. I provide flexible business mentoring for small - medium business. I have added another branch of my business designing affordable flexible websites for new businesses and I have co-created a business development programme and co-authored a book.
It’s been challenging and wonderful but it wasn’t always easy and the money took a while to come. At one point I realised I spending a lot of my time doing things I didn’t really want to be doing - so I stopped. It’s really important to remember why I work for myself. I want a flexible lifestyle, to go for a walk in the middle of the day or take a month off going overseas dragonboating - because I can! Mostly I just want to love what I’m doing and leap out of bed ready to grab the day. When this doesn’t happen I take the time to look at why and what I can change.
So my advice? Just start, evaluate regularly and do what makes you happy.
I am very excited about 2017 and where it will take me, see you on the journey!