As the cooler weather moves in, my focus is slowly switching from flying tandems off mountain tops to "inside" work (marketing, catching up on paperwork, etc). I've been fortunate over the flying season to bring in a lot of business through word-of-mouth referrals. People also began contacting me who had found Jet Set Paragliding through online searches. That made me realize that there was a lot more to being an entrepreneur than hanging a virtual "open for business" sign up on Facebook.
So I decided to start running my business as a business and soon found a cool event put on by the Vancouver Board of Trade and Small Business BC. I grabbed my friend Zoe who had recently started her own event planning business and we drove into the city on Monday for a night of schmoozing and swag bags.
Besides all the free resources and gifts (thanks Telus for the portable usb charger for my iPhone - how cool is that!) we were lucky enough to attend a panel discussion where successful small business owners from BC dispensed helpful advice and answered questions. Before the panel spoke, the Minster of Tourism and Small Business read a very official sounding decree (complete with references to the Queen and terms like "therefore" and "let it be known that") which announced that October was officially Small Business Month. That means more seminars, events and resources becoming available for those of us crazy enough to want to run our own businesses!
|Free phone charger, advice and red wine…what more do you need as a business owner?|
What did I get out of it...besides the aforementioned swag? Inspiration (which makes sense since the event was titled "Inspire") and also validation that what I want to accomplish is completely possible. I heard other stories that night of "niche" businesses that become successful and they made me realize…if someone else can do it then so can I!