I thought we’d end the day here at BizEngine with a look at the entreuprenurial spirit in full swing.
The six businesses going through the gauntlet of the USA Today 2010 Small Business Challenge were faced with mountains of paperwork, money woes aplenty and the difficulty of blazing a new trail after years of working for someone else. Carl Edmunds of NuVision Inspections, who was one of the six challengers, said it was a bumpy year but things are looking up:
“Things are going great,” Edmunds says. The unexpected troubles of last year were “just a non-ending mess,” but 2011 looks bright.
“I finally got my act together,” he says. “I’m going to keep pushing real hard and make sure things go well.”
If you’re thinking about striking out into business on your own or you’re already there and struggling, these stories should serve as an inspiration. Admittedly, these six have had access to resources above and beyond what your average Enrique Entrepreneur will have, but the idea of finding networking groups to help you and maintaining an eye for detail as you launch your business should resonate no matter where you’re coming from.
The fact that all six businesses are still around after the roller coaster ride that was 2010 is nothing to sneeze at. They were tracked for six months and then left alone for nine, when USA Today checked back in and found all were at least surviving, and a handful were thriving.
The article’s well worth a read. Be sure to check it out, and consider looking up the 2011 Small Business Challenge when USA Today launches it on April 11. I’ll be sure to let you know about it.
Photo credit to Celal Teber at Stock Exchange