BACK YOUR SELF
"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." Suzy Kassem
A friend of mine quit her job last week. Not because she was changing employers but because she is going into business for herself. She is a talented lady with a range of skills and already has new clients who wish to use her services. She has joined the growing number of Sunshine Coasters who are, by nature, entrepreneurial people. According to an ebook published by the Sunshine Coast Council, "Twenty-two per cent of Sunshine Coast residents run their own business compared to fifteen per cent across Australia" – which are pretty impressive statistics. But we are more than entrepreneurs – we are also optimistic! Our most recent Business Confidence survey indicated that we have the highest level of business confidence in Queensland with 60% of businesses expecting to make a profit and 33% expecting to employ more staff. So why is it that we are so entrepreneurial? Is it because, in order to live here we had to carve out our own career paths by seeking out opportunities where others could see none? Or is it that our economic climate is now so attractive that our interstate brothers and sisters have realised they can run their business from anywhere in Australia – so why not run it from a place where the climate is amazing, we have world class health care, an outstanding choice of educational facilities and you can choose to live on acreage or have ocean views and still only be 30 minutes from anywhere? Personally, I think it’s a combination of both. Certainly, cloud based software has made it incredibly easy to do business from just about anywhere in the world and it is now the accepted norm for people to work remotely. We also have an incredibly supportive network for starts ups and entrepreneurs, and foster a culture that supports people with great ideas who are prepared to back themselves. On top of that there are an array of grants for small business including the Qld Government "Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program" which offers match funding of up to $5,000. We have world class entrepreneurial talent right here on the Sunshine Coast including Helimods who, last week were awarded a grant of $1 million for their new stretcher that does all the heavy lifting of a patient from ambulance stretcher to chopper and Walker Seafoods who also recently celebrated the opening of their $1.2million dollar expanded factory. Regardless of the industry, anything is possible here, so much so that if you have the will there will definitely be a way. You just need to be prepared to back yourself !