There’s never been a better time to be your own boss, that according to Dr. Sean Wise, a former advisor for the CBC television show Dragons’ Den and professor of entrepreneurship at Ryerson University told a room full of potential up and coming entrepreneurs at the Machine Shop Wednesday afternoon.
Wise was a guest speaker of Start Up Sault Ste. Marie and Bridges to Better Business.
“Today we’re talking about how entrepreneurship empowers youth, I think the idea of a life long has long sunsetted. People today want to control their own destiny and want to work on things that are passionate to them and the message today is it has never been easier.” Wise told SaultOnline.com just before stepping on the stage to talk to hundreds of high school students.
Wise said everything is an internet business, all business is on the internet today or should be, whether it be a baker or home construction services. He advises people starting up their own venture must master the social media and web skills to be successful.
“It’s never been cheaper to launch, never had more tools to launch, there has never been more people online ready to buy. The days of packing up and moving to New York City to make it big is long over , you can stay in the Sault and make it just as big” Wise said.
A lot of people are now more interested in creating jobs than getting one according to Wise who started his first business at 13. He’s seeing more and more late teens and early college age people interested in being their own boss “and that’s a good thing” Wise said.
But there’s a whole different end to it said Wise. “Everyone over 65 in 2008 that were set to retire couldn’t do that and now seniors have become a huge, huge entrepreneurial market”