Sam started his online marketplace for local experiences, Hobblit, in July 2015. The idea for the platform was sparked when he was at a conference in Iceland and had the opportunity to take pictures of wild horses in all their glory. After the trip, anxious to review what he thought would be amazing photos, soon turned to disappointment. All his photos were blurry. Wanting to improve upon his photography skills, he sought out classes and found that they were too expensive for someone with a casual interest in the subject. So, he set out to create a Meetup group with a purpose.
Blog Category: Entrepreneurship
With the recent developments in the economic landscape, Albertans have experienced significant change. Companies have seen a decrease in sales and are right sizing their operations to be affordable, but yet meet the current demand. More than 70,000 Albertans have been affected by company restructuring and they are looking for their next opportunity.
In many cases, the next opportunity may lie in starting up their own business. But is it the right time? Everyone is cutting back.
Amy’s bakery, Sugared & Spiced, started taking form 4 years ago. Her creative cookies first premiered at the Highlands Farmers’ Market, and with an overwhelmingly positive response, she furthered her passion by taking a 1 year baking certificate course at NAIT. After taking some time to get industry experience working in cafes and figuring out what direction she wanted to go in, she quit working unfulfilling part time jobs, and ventured out on her own.
Meagan’s fitness studio, BeFIT, began taking shape two years ago. Like most entrepreneurs, a few things inspired her to take the leap into starting her own business. She really wanted to create a place that customized training to every individual's needs. Before turning her passion into a flourishing business, she found it hard to get time off from work for important personal endeavors. Now that she owns her fitness studio, she can balance clients’ needs, her needs, and also her dog's needs!
Davide’s entrepreneurial journey began a few years ago when he moved to Canada from Italy. Upon immigrating to Canada, he discovered that opportunities in his field of industrial design were limited to construction and oil and gas. After a year of searching for more diverse opportunities to no avail, he decided to create his own dream job, and launched his own startup, MatteRealize.
Today I googled “breaking through barriers” to see what would come up and it was a bit crazy, there are ads for life coaches, titles about mental barriers, even links to music albums with the title. And what I got from this search is that everyone is doing something to break through a barrier of some sort, even if it is just the hard caramel layer on a crème brûlée. Struggling to find what I was searching for, I knew I had to switch gears and be smarter than the machine (if that’s possible), but I was, and I drilled down my search: “breaking through barriers in business”. YAY Success!!
At seven years old, Sophia has already been an entrepreneur for three years. She started off selling cookies at her dad's office, and from there moved to taking people their coffee. Sophia's latest business venture, Decals by Sophia, offers a device that can be used to brand and hold objects such as smartphones, clothes, tablets, and binders.
Even though there is a lot of negativity about the economy in the media right now, it's important to recognize that economic downturn can be the perfect time for innovation and diversification. Why not look at this as an opportunity for change?
Often at the start of a year we set goals; however, many times these goals are not a true reflection of what we really want. This is the perfect time to pause, and reflect on what your dream career really looks like!
If you truly want to move closer to your dream career, here are two great questions to ask yourself: