Entrepreneurs put more than money on the line when choosing self-employment, but knowing they’re not alone in solving the problems all start-ups face can alleviate unnecessary worry and help them make the most of their company’s potential.
Capitalizing on the strength of social networking websites is Sprouter, an online platform for entrepreneurs to connect, share resources and establish a solid network.
By offering an online venue to engage with fellow entrepreneurs and gain invaluable advice through Sprout-Up networking events, Sprouter is poised to make that initial step toward self-employment not such a lonely one after all.
Connecting the masses at Sprouter is Sarah Prevette, a young web entrepreneur who is committed to revolutionizing how we use online social media. Drawing on her own experiences in start-ups, Sarah recognized a need amongst entrepreneurs that was not being answered and devised a creative solution. By offering a unique and valuable service to each of her clients, Sarah is proving that “business as usual” no longer applies to the entrepreneur.
Q. What is the appeal about entrepreneurship for you?
A. Actually, I was really fortunate when I was 14 and a student. I had the opportunity then to work with an incredible entrepreneur, a real visionary in a stereotypical start-up culture that had high energy, ridiculous schedules, and just passion that emanated throughout the whole company.
That was my first experience at a start-up and it bred in me a desire to not only want to pursue my own company, but also the confidence to try one of my ideas.
Q. What qualifies someone to be an entrepreneur other than ambition?
A. I think resourcefulness is the number one skill any entrepreneur needs to possess. You need to be able to just find the way when you don’t know the right answer – there’s definitely a creative license you can exercise a lot more in a start-up company than would not be possible in a corporate setting.
Also, the ability to drive your own initiative and oversee all aspects of the company would be seen as benefit, but I think people forget about the responsibility and the accountability for the bottom line that goes along with that. Being responsible for other people’s future and making sure that the strategy that you’re setting is the right one.
There are a lot of sleeplessness nights and a lot of work that goes into making sure that you’re not just another statistic of a failed start-up.
Q. You have taken an active approach in generating awareness about Sprouter through Sprout-Up networking events. What do entrepreneurs gain by meeting with each other?
A. Well, we’ve seen a variety of benefits from entrepreneurs meeting with one another. First and foremost, having an experienced entrepreneur who has been there and done that sharing their lessons learned is invaluable. Having the support in knowing there are other people out there who are experiencing the same challenges and having someone understand your predicament is nice.
But also, “Here’s the best practices that I’ve used, here’s the best resources, here’s somebody that I talked that really helped me, or I just did an interview with that media company that I can arrange an intro for you.” There’s a lot of camaraderie that comes out in an offline setting as well. There’s been a lot of dialogue that’s happened around pitchers of beer.