This is a post of me thinking out loud. It is something I have thought about a lot actually. I have been hesitant to share the thought, as I try to keep my opinions to myself and just generate the conversation, but I don’t think I can for this one.
I just finished reading the article in the Yellowknifer about how summer student numbers for the government jobs is a lot lower this year than last year. This got me thinking about jobs, life in the north, us as youth and entrepreneurs. I have always felt as though Yellowknife does not have a very large community of entrepreneurs, although Yellowknife is not a very big community. I have always gotten this feeling that working for the government, which is a large employer for Yellowknife, was an “easy” job to have. I’m definitely not saying that the job is easy to do, but rather it offers more security, benefits and money than working in the private sector.
During the last couple of years, I have seen more and more government workers who really can’t wait for 5pm Friday. They really care less about there job, just about the weekend. In my opinion, that is not a healthy way to live. Sure some may not have much of a choice, but I believe, a person should at least enjoy what they do. Am I completely wrong about this observation? I have always wanted to do something I love, and that is what I am doing. Sure the money is not very good now, but it will start coming. If I am doing something I’m passionate about and willing to do without being paid, wont the end product be better?
To go off that thought and on to entrepreneurs, where are you by the way? Again, just an observation, which I may be pulling from left field, but are those government jobs taking away from those who probably have great ideas a business but don’t want to risk it. If you look at other cities and towns around the country you’ll see small start-ups all over the place. Sure there is government, but it never seems as prominent. Maybe it is just the demographic of Yellowknife, and we can’t support both.
It seems that if you are an entrepreneur in this town you need to be well-connected to get off the ground, which is rare, unless you are high up. So when you have someone like me, who is not connected, it take a lot of work, time, sweat, blood, and money! I would love to see more in this town for small entrepreneurs, other than government funding. One idea I had, which I got from another town, was a possible sub-chamber off of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce, but categorize for those under 35 or less that 20 or 10 employees. I’m not sure how exactly it would work, but something where a group of similar like-minded people could come together and support each other however that can.
These are just some scrambled thoughts from a small town entrepreneur who is building a business around a very new medium. Lets get the discussion going. Am I completely bonkers and out of my mind? Or do you see something similar? Hey and if you’re a small business owner trying to make your passion work, give me a shout. I want to help out the little guys (and the big guys).