Working with entrepreneurs is fascinating! Some have had an idea percolating for years before they decide to put it into action. Others have so many ideas and no focus that allows them to start. Some don’t know they have an idea unless they are prompted with questions that clarify it for them. I think that all of us, at one time or another, have dreamed of having our own business and not being reliant on someone else to earn a living.
It sometimes is a pressure or an opportunity that triggers a start for the entrepreneur. The pressure might be the fact that there are no jobs available in their community for their particular skill set and it is not practical for them to relocate. There may be medical reasons forcing them to rethink their career. They may have had difficulty working for others or unable to move ahead to where they felt they could flourish.
The opportunity might be that the product or service is not available in their community because it is new or that the community in the past has not been large enough to support the business but has reached the tipping point. With web-based technology today and the platforms that are available, it may be that there are opportunities presenting themselves for marketing the product that have not existed in the past.
What holds many back is the lack of knowledge of the steps to get it off the ground. They have a good grasp of their product or service but what else do they need to know to ensure the greatest likelihood of success? There are many avenues in British Columbia to access self-employment knowledge. There are Community Futures offices throughout the province as well as Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). In addition, there are courses at local colleges and universities, websites such as www.smallbusinessbc.ca and events such as SOHOVictoria.
What will it take to bring out your entrepreneurial spirit? Will you only dream, or will that be your first step to reality?
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