Welcome back to the chronicles. How’s life? I am just finishing up a Netflix binge of Suits. To be honest I haven’t watched an episode, I just napped and woke up to the “Are you still there screen?” (You Netflix people can relate).
ANYWAYS, todays topic is entrepreneurship.
I wanted to take this week to talk about being an entrepreneur because I feel like there has to be someone out their who wants their own business, has a great idea, but just doesn’t know the path to get there. That was my issue for awhile, I couldn’t see the path. I didn’t know many entrepreneurs, and wasn’t sure how I would get from where I was, to where I wanted to be.
So I’m going to tell you my story (so far). All of the things I did to get to this point; two months out from the launch of my first business.
To begin, lets start with 11 year old me. That’s when I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. This was a few years after coping with the news I would never be a ninja, or a Power Ranger. When I was a kid, I saw this other kid on the waterfront during an event one year. He was selling yo-yos, and for whatever reason I couldn’t get the idea out of my mind. It seemed like such a cool thing (obviously, it has stuck with me until this day). BUT, I just couldn’t see the path at the time to do something myself…but it was a seed.
Fast-forward to my teenage years. Prince Andrew High School. I still had that desire to be an entrepreneur, so I took a class in entrepreneurship. We had a entrepreneurship fair where we were able to sell something. I sold hash browns (tight move, I know), and did pretty well. I couldn’t believe how good it felt. To work on a business, and actually be able to see your products exchange hands for real money. I was just having fun setting up the business, the money part blew my mind. BUT, as much as I was falling in love with the idea, I couldn’t see the path yet.
My plan was to start a business right after high school. This didn’t happen. The moment STILL wasn’t right. I went to University at Saint Mary’s, and worked full-time to pay for it. Got an undergrad degree in business and an MBA. At moments I felt I was getting off-course, taking small detours with degrees and jobs that weren’t allowing me to take the plunge. I kept reminding myself that the skills I was learning in work and in school are skills I can use when the time comes.
Last year I felt like my opportunity was close. I knew I wanted to design and sell clothing, so I began to build some more skills that I would need. In the winter, I took a graphic design course at NSCAD after my day-job. This gave me the basics for designing and marketing my products. I then linked up with a local designer and professor who began to teach me the entire process behind garment production.
Shortly after that, I registered the name BZLY, and started in on the journey I dreamed about for over a decade.
For anyone reading who wants to be an entrepreneur, just know that there isn’t one set path. My road has had many unexpected detours, many more then I included here. I just tried to focus on making small steps. Not all of us get handed a fat cheque and can just go for it. Save money, build skills, do anything you can to get closer…and when you get the smallest of chances, go for it.