So, I recently talked on my IG stories about the difficulty in time management when it comes to having a 9-5 job whilst hustling on the side to chase the dream and many of you agreed, it brought the idea to do a 3 part series where I interview millennials that I know personally who are going through this and their take on it. Everyone has a different perspective and I think its very necessary to give everyone the full picture and not the rose tinted version. Lets be real, instagram makes it look like its easy but it isn’t!
In this episode Cory Edwards who I have now known for about 9 years will be sharing with us his experience and take on his journey. Cory and I met at college and he has always been consistent and very driven, he is such an inspiration and now works for Bianca and Byron Cole whilst running his business on the side. He also speaks about his experiences from owing HMRC money and challenges he faces with his business on his podcast – the lets talk business podcast – with two other amazing individuals.
What is your current 9-5?
In my day job I am an office administrator. I used to manage small teams of up to 6 people, working on a variety of different marketing and admin related tasks. We recently downscaled and though there are less staff my responsibilities have increased. My directors are award winning entrepreneurs who have done many things to help businesses and people within their community. I found it inspiring and wanted to do the same but in my own way.
What are your main/personal goals while chasing the dream?
My main aim/ dream would definitely be to get an OBE for helping young people. I want to create initiatives and schemes to help them generate their own wealth and businesses. Another dream is to help people in business generally; It sounds a bit cliché, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Especially providing support, and assistance by helping nurture future generations into achieving their goals. I’m still unsure of how to go about this but Ardent Business Solutions does this, by providing solutions to start ups and small businesses that affect them in the digital marketing space. Starting a business wasn’t my first choice. It’s something I’ve definitely found can help me fulfil my dream. Personally however, I want to go into motivational speaking and motivating people to get into business themselves.
What are the biggest struggles you face?
My struggle has always been my own time management. It’s easy when you are working for a company to manage time as that’s how you get paid, however when it comes to my own I find it difficult. My day job can get in the way of my business, there was one point where I had to cut back on client work I was getting because the late nights started affecting my day job. Most nights I go to sleep around 2 am and then I’m back up at 6 to get to work for 9.
Have you ever felt like giving up the dream and why?
Yes, when I initially started my business I rushed into things and thought I knew everything I needed to know about business because of the environment I was working in. I was around small businesses and start ups and thought I knew it all. It was a harsh lesson I learned when I was getting laughed out of pitch meetings for being unprepared. – I wasn’t ready to start, my services were all wrong and I needed to go back to the drawing board and fix my business plan.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson is that the universe owes you nothing, hard work and persistence are the only things that have ever worked for me whilst starting up, and whilst trying to sustain my business. My business isn’t where I want it to be yet, but I believe having the right people around you can mean so much especially when you are starting out.
Why do you keep chasing the dream?
What keeps me going is the fact that I don’t want to work for anyone else. Over the years I’ve had many great bosses/ directors who have taken the time out to teach me a lot. However, I believe that I need to do it alone in order to be able to set myself up for the life I want to live. I’m sure there are many lucrative jobs out there that I would enjoy, but I would be lying to myself if I did that instead of make my business the success I know it can be.
what would you advise someone that is hesitant to chase their dream?
Starting a business is hard, it requires a lot of time, dedication and effort, ensure you have a great supportive team behind you who can motivate you and keep you going when the phones not ringing or the money isn’t there yet. Make sure you have researched your craft and don’t always look at how something can benefit you, look to help others and the universe works that good karma back to you.