Freshman Storage & Moving is a student-run, student-focused storage and moving company that provides monthly storage units, summer storage, local moving services and packing supplies. At the helm of the company is Owner and Operator Carlisle Norwood, a commerce student with a major in entrepreneurship who has completed all three of his work terms running his own business. In the coming years, Carlisle hopes to expand into other industries such as snow removal and property maintenance. Here is Carlisle on the challenges of starting your own business:
“There are different challenges to each day. Some days you feel like you are on top of the world, other days you feel like you can’t make the right decision. The trick is to make sure you make more good decisions than bad, and that you learn from each experience. Above all else, treat your customers, and the people you work with like gold, because without them you wouldn’t have a company.
The best way to move forward with starting a business is to come up with your hypothesis (your business idea) and then go out and ask your potential customers if they would be interested in such a product or service. Don’t invest time and money with an idea you think is great, only to find out later that you were the only one who thought so.
In entrepreneurship, celebrate the commitment you make to your company, not the results you receive because for a lot of startups it takes years for the business to take flight.”
Students interested in doing an Entrepreneurial Work Term for Winter 2014 must submit an expression of interest to Mary Kilfoil at Mary.Kilfoil@dal.ca in the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship by December 20th. Expression of interest should outline your proposed venture, monthly activities and your proposed goals for the development of entrepreneurial skills.