Mobile Office: How to Start Your Own Business

Could you join the emerging Digital Squamish and fund your Squamish Adventure?

The future of work: Digital nomads live abroad and travel the work with a location independent career

The beauty and appeal of living in Squamish is Canada’s worst kept secret this has led to rising house prices and livings costs.

Squamish is already attracting location independent businesses: Squamish: The New Digital Capital of Canada? taking advantage of the new age of location independent work and business.

“That’s all well and good for them” I hear you say “but I haven’t got any ideas or skills to start my own business”.

Well, there are many different forms of businesses out there, both online and physical, and you already have repurposable skills that can be used to launch a business (even if you don’t know it yet).

Lydia Lee founder of Screw The Cubicle, a Vancouver native, who after years living the urban corporate life decided in 2012 she wanted to have the freedom to live and work somewhere beautiful.

Lydia Lee, Corporate Escape Coach of Screw The Cubicle

She took the plunge and started her own business. Now she wants to help you find and launch yours.

Lydia maintains that anyone can start their own business, but there are two important considerations when coming up with an idea:

    1. Find a problem worth solving – a lot of people looking to start their own business look for trends to exploit or copy what other businesses already do. When coming up with a business idea it is important to think about what specific problems are around that you already know how to solve or feel a calling to solve for others.
    2. Validation – you need to learn how to listen before creating. Beta test, talk to prospective customers and make sure the need/problem you are solving actually exists. This will save a lot of time and effort and prevent you from creating a business with no value proposition.

Squamish own Amy Fast found herself in a situation which many people will recognize:

Amy wanted to find purposeful and fulfilling work but still maintain her life amongst the beauty of Squamish.

A combination of a holiday in paradise and business building experience

“I was feeling very frustrated at my job, unsure of where I fit or if what I was doing was adding value to the company. I didn’t feel purposeful.”

She attended Screw The Cubicle’s Your Next Big Thing retreat in Bali in April 2017 in search of clarity and direction to help her find and launch her own business.

“I finished knowing there was still lots of work to do if I wanted to build my own business, but feeling it was possible and I was excited to see what would come next. I feel positive about my future knowing that I can create something that will not only give me more freedom and purpose, but will also be of service to others.”

“It’s surprising when you realize you’ve already been doing something that could be tweaked into a business idea!”

7 days of learning, collaboration, and ideas exchange at Your Next Big Thing Retreat

See the real Bali with cultural experiences in the retreat

Your Next Big Thing retreat is aimed at people exactly like Amy who want to find and launch a business idea and are looking for inspiration, guidance and accountability to help them focus and make an actionable plan.

To find out more about how Your Next Big Thing retreat can help you repurpose your gifts into a business, click here to learn more about the next upcoming retreat.

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