Take a moment and have a think about your life. Are you happy? Do you love your job? Are you studying your dream subject? Do you wake up every day excited about your life?
Something to think about anyway. I’m in two minds about things. Sometimes I think that I should just keep doing what I’m doing, work hard and slowly build my way up into something fantastic. Other times I want to completely change everything and go on an adventure.
I’d love to be travelling the world talking about what it means to finally have a sense of who you are as a person and how important it is to nurture self-esteem in others. I have pages and pages of notes and ideas that I am insanely passionate about and I’m currently looking for opportunities to share my thoughts with the world.
Imagine being paid to share your ideas and do something that you love. It’s the ultimate goal really. This is what I’m working towards. That first opportunity to earn money from what I love to do.
And tomorrow is December which means goodness how fast this year has flown but also that there will be a new ‘Quote of the Month’ on the website which you absolutely must read!
It’s been a little while since I have posted and for that I apologise.
I have recently had this really strong feeling that there is something I could be doing right now other than everything which currently occupies my time. I haven’t exactly discovered what that thing is yet but it has encouraged me to try a new approach to business.
So far I have managed to prioritise my time better so that I am more efficient and actually get things done instead of finding lots of other non-important things to do. (Which means that I finally did laundry and made a start on my Philosophy essay!)
Currently I’m writing the OFFICIAL mission statement for Sense Of Self as it’s one thing to have a really great idea and a fab ethos but the important thing is to have it written down and saved everywhere so that I can hand it out left, right and centre until people start taking notice!!
I even have an action plan that will take me right up to Christmas (oh goodness, it really IS that time already…) but then things will snowball into next year and maybe people will start to see a change in their every day lives.
Although I am getting good at posting really interesting things on the Facebook page so you should definitely check that out 🙂
Have you ever taken a selfie? Well this competition is for you! More details at http://www.sense-of-self.co.uk/competitions.html
So today I moved into my flat for University and all my flatmates seem absolutely lovely. I am really excited to settle in properly and get to know new people.
I now have an official ‘Sense Of Self’ drawer under my new desk where I can keep all my wristbands, business cards, bank statements and other business paraphernalia together and in one place. Magic.
I will be updating all the Sense Of Self social media pages and keeping a close watch on the website and also any orders in between exploring more of the city and having a wild-but-not-too-wild time!
I’m now also beginning to focus more on the speaking and workshop side of business so if you think your school assembly needs spiced up or equally if you are a teacher and think your class could use a little extra encouragement and motivation then I actively encourage you to PLEASE get in touch via the website- http://www.sense-of-self.co.uk – as there is a special page for any questions or comments. (I’d love to hear from you)
Hope everyone is having a brilliant weekend 🙂
In regards to the light-hearted jibe I made about bank policy preventing me from having a debit card to my own business account, I have stumbled across yet another frustrating hurdle for us young entrepreneurs. (I say stumbled across but really I mean it just slapped me right in the inbox… ouch!)
So I have designed my own website, learned how to link my own domain name and pretty much organised everything. Then I created a nice shop to link to my website so that people browsing who think, “Hey this is great, I want to be a part of this too!” are able to click on it and have a look at the designs that I created on the t-shirts I had printed and order one! All fine and well. I linked it up and added colours to the shop dashboard and announced it to a couple of family and friends to test out the order process for me. I subsequently discover that my account has been deactivated and in order for me to be allowed to use it, my Dad has to email their support centre with proof of his identification and give me permission to use the site because once again I have to be 18 years old to accept payments.
The closer I get to having a functioning business, the more difficult it is becoming. It is literally less than three weeks until my birthday which means it is just over a month until I start University and I had promised myself that I’d have had Sense Of Self up and running so that I didn’t get any nasty surprises with things not going to plan while I was trying to hold down a part time job and settle into a student flat and begin a new chapter of my life.
On that note, when you order a t-shirt once I am able to release the web-address then if your bill has “Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Ian Thomson” along the bottom, please just laugh.
Thank-you for your continued support!
As a young entrepreneur I have found that the amount of help available is astounding. People want to help and support youngsters and encourage a ‘new wave’ of entrepreneurs. The journey I have been on has been a relatively smooth one and any issues or difficulties have been quickly overcome. However, as I am 17 I find that when it comes to spending/receiving money I am stuck. I was given a very generous amount of money as part of the Young Entrepreneur prize back in 2012 and have since opened my business bank account. This has not been a problem. I have been able to pay for things and really move towards officially launching a live website and selling designs. Although so far I’ve had to use my own personal account to pay for things and then write a cheque from my business account back into my own as the bank policy is that I cannot have a business debit card until I am 18 years old. (Which is less than a month away from now, but still…)
I am a young entrepreneur and a soon to be business owner, yet I have to write cheques to pay for things. I can use the internet of course, with services like Paypal etc… but wait, I have to be 18 to have a business Paypal account and supply them with the card details anyway! I am finding it increasingly awkward and difficult to get anything done without making the accounts look suspiciously messy with many payments to myself.
I think it is amazing that we have so much available for young people and for budding entrepreneurs of all ages yet when it comes down to the fine details everything begins to get tricky. I can understand there are policies and that rules can’t just be changed for one person but I truly believe that there is about to be a surge of young entrepreneurs and that there should probably be something done about this so that we are able to run a business in our own names and with our own bank accounts. The more we encourage young people to start up in business then the sooner this will be addressed I hope.
Do not fear, I will have my website up and running soon and will do my best to keep my books as tidy as possible until my birthday when I can finally receive a debit card and run my business properly!