From freelancers to the next big tech startup, everyone who started their own business once was just like you. With the right help and focus, we all have the potential to start and run a successful business, internal startup or even side hustle.
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I wanted to build something from the ground up and say “we did that”. I knew I wanted to continue in technology, my degree was in Computing and Education, I knew I wanted to continue working with people, so I thought building technology products would be worth a shot. I guess the overarching motivating factor was ambition, ambition to create, build, collaborate and create a legacy.
Building Galago has changed our lives in many ways. We’ve made friends all over the world, been connected with some of the most interesting and impactful client projects, and had the chance to completely craft a new career that wasn’t imaginable just a few years ago.
I decided to start my own business, ai360, after being laid off (as it happens in every political position). With over 20 years of experience both at the private and public sector, most of them involved in real estate related activities, I just knew one thing: I loved my job and I wanted to continue doing it for a very long time.
I felt I had reached the peak of my personal development that a corporate career could offer and it no longer motivated me. The only way forward to grow was to start something on my own and that was the beginning of Sitemark.
The energy, resilience, and out-and-out fury you need to stand in front of a monolithic competitor and know without a shadow of a doubt you have it in you to beat them, that’s when you know. It’s not a decision. It’s a physical reaction from the core of your DNA. It means that when people doubt you, you don’t hear them. When they laugh at you, you laugh with them. Still, when that rival decides to come after you, that’s something exceptional because you will find an inner strength you never knew existed, and you will know, with huge personal satisfaction, that win or lose, you’re authentic to what you stand for.
Have a sounding board — people you will be paying will say it’s a great idea (web designers etc…), — ask others!…
You won’t know everything- it’s ok to ask….You won’t know what you don’t know either…I was often found saying — could this be done? How do you do?…..- Everything can be done ( it just comes at a cost!)- nail down what is the simplest form you can launch with and build from there.
Use experts when needed — even if on short term contracts until you can employ more- however, give them time to understand your business.
Plan how to scale whilst planning the business, be prepared to diversify (COVID has forced this on us, and small businesses can adapt quicker)- we have increased turnover during lockdown!
I got so disillusioned with using all my energy for unknown shareholders, as well as my poor contribution to changing my country and society, that I cofounded a Neobank with the mission to make credit accessible, providing the first credit card for thousands and millions of young underbanked Mexicans.
I choose to freelance because I needed to work from home at this time. I had just given birth to a beautiful newborn baby and wanted to be more flexible in my working schedule. Freelancing as a business seemed to give me the best options for my lifestyle.
I started my own business to solve a problem with online advertising that was annoying me — and most other people who shop online. It was also a problem within the industry that everyone knew about but no one was fixing. I saw an opportunity for a win/win/win and went for it!
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