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Today, and every day, we’re celebrating Australia’s entrepreneurs. Those hard-working hustlers who have stuck it to the man and gone out on their own to start their own business and carve out their own path.
The purpose of World Entrepreneurs’ Day (WED) is to create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership throughout the world. WED is the perfect day to celebrate the people who start a business alone.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 61 percent of Australia’s small businesses are sole traders, that’s almost 1.32 million solopreneurs who are doing their own thing and making Australia a better place for business.
We decided to reach out to some of the entrepreneurs in the BizCover community and beyond and ask them what some of the most important things they’ve learned on their entrepreneurial journey are.
Our Founder and CEO saw an opportunity to improve an industry that was dominated by big players, time consuming paperwork, a lack of transparency and poor service levels, by disrupting the status quo and creating the first online only small business insurance platform.
Despite it’s growth, Michael still views BizCover as a small and nimble business that can and must adapt in order to stay relevant. Over the years he’s learned a lot, but here are his top 3 lessons that he still puts into practice today:
After years of constantly relocating due to her husband’s line of work, Rey decided she needed the flexibility to work anywhere globally. One day when she was in Ankara, Turkey, she launched her Search Marketing Consultancy and began servicing Australian clients. Now back home in Melbourne, business has never been better for Rey.
We asked Rey what valuable lessons she’s learned on her entrepreneurial journey, she listed her top three:
Greg has never thought of himself an entrepreneur, but as “someone who loves business and has a lot of ideas on how to solve problems or build things”. Greg’s passion is helping other small businesses grow, coaching them with the tools and frameworks to make their business a success.
When asked what Greg has learned along the way, he thinks it boils down to three things:
International Entrepreneur of The Year recipient, Lauren Clemett, knew she would never be particularly employable, so she decided that opening her own agency was the best way to move her career forward.
In the time she’s been her own boss, Lauren has learned the following three lessons:
Nicole never fit the mould of, as she puts it, “joining a mother’s group and baking cupcakes”, but she always knew she wanted to start her own business. “I’m naturally very creative, and I literally fell into digital marketing by mistake.” Nine years on and Nicole says she still is doing what she’s passionate about on a daily basis.
Nicole says she’s learned a lot – and continues to learn – on her entrepreneurial journey, here are her top 3 takeaways:
Trish started down the path of entrepreneurship when she discovered she had an important message to share. “There could be just one person watching or listening where a word or phrase of what I shared could be just what they needed to change their life and start their own entrepreneurial journey.”
When asked what lessons she’s learned in the time she’s been working for herself, she narrowed it down to her top three: