I’ve done my due diligence, been to a startup incubator, spoken to local professionals. My business idea is a viable one, and with proper care and cultivation could be lucrative. There are spaces available to start out in, the equipment needed is easy to come by and relatively inexpensive. I have expanded the scope to include education via local professionals who would use the space to teach, use and grow their own businesses. The next question that must be answered: do I have the will to make this happen?
My life is a structured one, and we have tailored our weeks to flow as smoothly as possible. Our family enjoys time together. We travel and are proud home educators.
A startup is something that needs 110% attention to flourish, to work out the kinks as they occur. This business would have to cater to the schedules of both clients and educators meaning late hours and long weekends. After all the posts I’ve made about the importance of family, the prioritization of life to eliminate the unnecessary, do I want to invite this sort of additional commitment into my life?
I’ve made it a point to try and take myself out of the equation when it comes to this business idea. Certainly it came from a want of my own community and a drive to share with others, but owning and operating a space like this will be a marriage and a parenthood all in one. I’m struggling with the realization that in order to properly execute this business, other parts of my life will have to take a backseat and for a long while. All this is before the financial ramifications make it into the conversation.
I’m willing to bet folding money that Saint John is ripe for this sort of a creative community. Film is on the upstroke, people are looking for new ways to be expressive with actual media, to learn the craft from their peers. There’s a call for a real fine art photography gallery space here. Trinity Royal is growing and expanding in every way, the community is healthier than it has been for decades.
My problem is that I’m not sure those opportunities and commitments will ever trump my family life. Unless I can commit to the idea fully, it will never reach its potential.