My Entrepreneurial Story: Starting from the beginning, and now i'm here. (Igniting Enterprise guest post)
Does anyone else remember during secondary school there was always that 1 person who would go around selling sweets, chocolate and the other stuff you couldn’t get during the day in school? If your secondary school didn’t have one of those, then I feel bad for you, because if the food your school sold you was as bad as my own school’s was, then you could’ve really used one.
Now the reason I decided to start within that train of thought, is because for my own secondary school, that 1 student was me between the age of 13-16, and if I had to pinpoint the exact moment where I could say that I began showing my desire to be an entrepreneur, that example would be the one I give (as long as I wasn’t talking to one of my old school teachers face to face).
However it wasn’t until the age of 16/17, when as part of the “Young Enterprise” scheme I came up with an idea for a phone stand which you can both adjust the height of so that it fits the size of your phone, and also fold completely flat for storage purposes, that my current business venture began.
Now if anyone out there tells you that creating and developing your own product is a quick and easy thing to do with a straight face, then either they’ve never done it before, or they have and should take up poker professionally while they’re at it because they know how to keep a world class poker face. I’ve been working on what is effectively the same product for the past 3 years, and just like it is in the case of all businesses, there have been setbacks and problems that I have had to overcome. Creating a product that both works efficiently and looks like something people would want to keep in their homes being one of those, as previous to University I probably had the artistic ability of someone a third of my age (no offence to the 6-7 year olds out there).
Despite these setbacks, developing my product/business idea to the stage it is at now, with a targeted launch in spring 2016, has been one of the best journeys I have ever gone on, for multiple reasons. During the entrepreneurial journey I have taken in developing my product, I’ve been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to pitch my idea to billionaire Chris Dawson, and hear a successful businessman like him say that he loves my idea, take part in numerous competitions and schemes such as the Hotbox 500 and BETA Enterprise, and receive multiple votes of confidence and comments from people who say they would buy my product as well.
The truth is, even if after this product has been launched to the public, it doesn’t end up being a success and I find out that other people don’t like it as much as I do, the chance to do something I love, and being able to look back at what I’ve managed to achieve through doing so, alone means for me it has all been worth it.