I woke up in the morning feeling sleepy and had to go for this networking session by platform e at SIM University. Well to summarize a little bit, I really like the whole entire “course” thingy like for 1 year you commit to the platform together in the family and community, then learning from the mentors, and the next following year you will be doing the pitching on your demo day. Provided with the learning tools and co-working space. It will be a good environment for me.
Starting up in this stage ever since 2011, has been very lonely for me and I struggle through all means from building a design company to offering technology services to build communities and giving back to society. It's been a great journey and I want to take that leap of faith. I have to learn a lot of things, about religion, youth, community, business, creativity, and technology. I really don’t know where to begin again, I felt that I’ve tried all I can but I just don’t want to take a huge risk like handling finance in a bad way because many startups fail and many businesses go out of funds and money due to the lack of creating something that could grow by itself. I have to find the best resources that could quickly grow my company and also using the best strategy to scale the business.
Most people out there is just a clone of another company and at times I find it, it is really such a nuisance to the eco-system and at times they want to compete with you for no reason, but as you keep building and growing, you know what is your vision and mission of your ideas of the company you want to build. I started out doing things in the community and I felt designing for the people who need my service is the only reason that kept me going.
I never really want to start a company but as I move along over the years from freelancing to being sole-proprietor and now I want to build an SME. Why do I want to build SME? Maybe I need more people to join me, I need an accountant who can handle the finance, I need the salespeople to sell the product and teach people how to understand my product/service, need programmers/engineers who can handle the IT support/maintenance, need designers who can design awesome cool stuff, need people who can manage the space I want to rent where we build things.
But all of these, require a lot of money. Not just thousands, probably millions. I need to think about how to pay their basic salary and minimum wages and such. Isn’t it a dream? Or it could be done? So many questions that I asked myself. I remain silent and try to think what are ways I could do this? I keep on dreaming and yet still doing what I truly believe. I wish I have more money so I could go for this.
Originally published at www.fajarsiddiq.com on February 11, 2017.