Well, first of all, I like the social side. It’s good to go to meetings where you sort of build up relationships and you can just discuss things when you need to. But the other big thing for me is that I can come here and know that if I’ve got a problem around technical aspects or knowledge, or I need a bit of experience, I need help. I can always get it here. And Jess is my person who I deal with on PIA membership. And she’s absolutely brilliant. She’ll be my conduit into getting other things and bits and pieces done without The Entrepreneur Circle. Then having to be trying to find something else. And I just don’t think there’s anything else out there that’s all encompassing.
We’ve grown from a revenue in the first year of about probably $25,000 to just over $200,000 now in five years. Profit-wise, we are sitting around about probably 10%, something like that, which without The Entrepreneur Circle, I don’t even think we would be here still because I wouldn’t have known how to grow the business. I wouldn’t have put together websites. I wouldn’t put together Google campaigns and things like that.
As an entrepreneur, the quality of life is totally different. Yes, you do work very long hours at times. You don’t have to ask the boss if you want a day off. If you want to start something new, you just do it. You don’t ask permission and, at the moment, we’re now putting together a brand new classic car and classic motorbike business, which I’ve never worked in before. But with everything that I’ve learned here within a couple of weeks, I can just get things up and running in the exactly what’s recommend. Without the support I’ve had here, and without the ability to go into the IPs and things like that, it would have taken me a lot longer to get the classic car and classic bike initiative going.
Ian McDonald – Mi Spa