Why Did You Start?
Thanks to everyone who answered our quick survey a few weeks ago about what topics you’d like us to cover. One of the fave replies was ‘inspiration’ and more particularly what motivates entrepreneurs to start their businesses.
I think this is a cracking idea. Personally I’ve learned far more about business from conversations with entrepreneurs than you could ever fit into a textbook on the subject.
So, with that in mind, I’m setting out to ask as many interesting, innovative and unconventional entrepreneurs as I can find one simple question:
Why did you start your business?
I’ll compile the best answers into a free ebook which I hope to release sometime in April in July.
I’m not 100% sure at this stage what will constitute ‘best answers’ but every [real] answer that comes in will be featured on the site with a link back to the persons website or profile.
I’m going to reach out directly to a bunch of entrepreneurs that have inspired me personally. But I also want to open things up to contributions from anyone who’s done something interesting or started a business. (Social enterprises, non-profits and events are cool too.)
So, if you’ve started a business, social enterprise, event (or anything else) and you’d like to contribute your 2 cents worth then you can:
- Leave a reply in the comments below (make sure you include your website)
- Tweet your answer to @iddictive
- Email your answer to me iddictive [at] gmail.com including your name, a short byline to include alongside your answer and the URL you’d like us to link to
- Use this handy little Google Doc
Looking forward to reading all your inspiring replies …
A few notes:
- PG13 please
- Be honest. There’s no point is sugar coating or bigging yourself up, we’re looking for the real reasons you started. Whether it was to change the world or to woo the ladies we want to know
- The planned ebook will be distributed free under a creative commons license – leave your email address and I’ll let you know when it’s ready
- If you send in a reply that means you’re OK with me publishing it – and no, you wont be paid anything
- It also means you’re OK with me doing a little editing if need be – although I won’t add anything or change its meaning I might need to trim it up for length
Drop me a line if you’ve any questions.
[Update: A few of you asked where you can buy the poster in the image at the top of the post. It's available from Etsy here.]