Calgary, Alberta skyline at sunset.
Capital Ideas Calgary is a community that links business owners to an important resource: other business owners. Each week, Capital Ideas puts out a question that’s answered by entrepreneurs based on their experiences.
In June, Capital Ideas Calgary asked businesses: How do you maintain life balance as an entrepreneur?
Here’s my answer published in the Calgary Herald on June 16, 2016: http://capitalideascalgary.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/CH-0616-final.pdf
Another question Capital Ideas Calgary asked was: Is it time to launch your business?
Here’s my answer published in the Calgary Herald on January 21, 2016:
Is it time to launch your business?
Family Lines logo.
Starting your own business is daunting especially when you have no idea how to begin. But in September 2011 I entered a self-employment program put on by MNP Calgary. It offered practical training in business planning, marketing, cash flow and other key areas of small business management.
I launched my corporate and personal legacy writing company in 2012 with the basics learned from MNP. After being in business for a whole year MNP asked graduates to write a success story for the January 2013 entrepreneurial newsletter. Here is my narrative.
Crawling to Success
When I first entered the MNP self-employment program in the fall of 2011 I wanted success immediately. Right now! But the instructors said I had to learn how to crawl before I ran. They told me to have patience. So I used their building blocks to found the base of my company.
It’s been a year since I’ve launched my corporate and personal legacy writing business, Family Lines. And it’s been a hard year. A year of networking and cold calling and an empty bank account. A year of few ups and mostly downs. A year of learning and not to be one of success. Or so I thought.
In the beginning of December I signed two contracts. Small ones but to me they mean everything. To me they mean my business is still alive in 2013. The patience to crawl finally paid off.