Do you lie awake at night/sit in your cubicle at work and dream about starting your own business?
Here’s the good news: There’s never been a better time.
The workforce is changing so fast it’s giving everyone whiplash, and with that, there’s a trend of people giving up on working for the man, and starting to work for the woman – that is – themselves.
Building a work life that is flexible, that suits your strengths, and that can incorporate some balance sounds crazy, right? But it’s actually possible. PEOPLE ARE DOING IT. So why not you as well?
So if you’re teetering on the edge, or running your own business already, here’s some ideas and tips from those who have gone before you.
Real big. Global, in fact. Why limit your business idea to the Australian market when there’s a big wide world of people out there? The Internet has basically removed any barriers to competing globally, and there are plenty of tiny Aussie businesses muscling in on the big action.
Like Julia Van Der Sommen. She runs a pattern-making business called The Sample Room out of Melbourne. And she’s used technology to take it global. Her small team do things like Skype fittings in real time, and she says the Internet has removed any barriers to competing globally.
“We have people calling in from all over the world,” she says. “Talking with someone in China or the US is just like talking to someone in the room next to me.”
Julia Van Der Sommen runs a pattern-making business called The Sample Room out of Melbourne. Image via The nbn project.