As far back as high school, I remember wanting to grow up to become an entrepreneur. The idea of building something from scratch, being in control of my own income and creating my own path in the world was exhilarating. I didn’t know what my business was going to be but I knew that one day, when the time was right I was going to start one.
That day came a lot sooner than I ever expected and the matter of whether “the time was right” left a lot to be desired.
I was both inexperienced and financially insecure. Just 6 months out of university, I had earned my Bachelors of Commerce, but most of my work experience was in sales. I’ve sold everything from knives to credit cards to online advertising. Did I feel prepared to run my own organization? Not really. Furthermore, on paper I was nearly $20,000 in the hole. On one hand, I had saved $6,000 but on the other, I had a student loan of $26,000. The odds were stacked against me. However, neither of these obstacles mattered much to me.
In all honesty, I didn’t feel like I had a lot to lose when I decided to quit my job and pursue the creation of my business. I wasn’t happy with my work, I wasn’t happy with what I was doing in my spare time and I felt stuck in a rut. I knew I needed to change, adapt and take on a new and meaningful challenge.
Creating my business was a fresh start, not just mentally but also physically in every sense of the meaning. I literally packed my life into the back of a two-door Chevrolet and set out across Canada to make a docuseries that would later grow into the backbone of my business – Road to Employment.
I invite you to visit our website today and watch the Road to Employment docuseries at www.roadtoemployment.ca. Each episode is packed with amazing employment advice from experts across Canada as well as adventures that my partner and I survived through while living out of a car and making the film.
Co-Founder of Road to Employment
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