Today marks the 13th Anniversary of Think Different Events. And what a business journey during that time. We've worked across the UK delivering business to business events and it's no small thanks to many, many other people.
Looking back on 1st October 2006
I woke up that morning as Managing Director of Think Different Events. To be honest I had the choice of any job title I wanted as I was the only employee that day too. Sole trader, entrepreneur, business owner and in charge of my own destiny. Or so I thought.
Clients? Over the past 13 years, they’ve certainly helped. Providing great challenges, a lot of highs, a few lows and, most importantly, the income required to keep going. We've worked a lot with public sector bodies over the period and, while the recurring tender process can be hard work at times, it's helped us continually focus on improving what we do and delivering that 'value added service many' are seeking within constrained budgets.
Suppliers? If you took away the utility suppliers who suck the life out of you with their claims of lowering your costs on the existing supplier you have in place, then the rest of the supply chain I’ve found to be of great value, sometimes providing unexpected solutions to meet your needs. I have also struck up friendships with many of them over the years too.
Contacts? There have been a few thousand or so over the years – clients, suppliers, attendees at our events, people I’ve met through the networking circuit and e-contacts via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and even plain old email. You can never be short of contacts as you never know when you may need their services, experience or recommendations. Many have also helped by recommending Think Different Events and you can't put a price on that.
Staff? At present there are four of us, with two newbies just starting in the past week. I’ve lost count of the people who have played no small part in helping us get through the various events we have organised during this period. If I tried to list them I’m sure I’d miss a few key ones out but if you’re reading this you know who you are! All I can say to you all is Thanks. I wouldn't be here writing this without you! 😊
1st October 2019
Would I tell myself in 2006 to take the plunge and go out on my own. Almost certainly yes.
Would I take the same path? Most certainly not! I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be 'in charge of your own destiny' and there have been a few mistakes I wouldn’t want to make again.
Some were school boy errors, some business naivety and some were bad calls made on people who talked a better game than they were able to deliver.
That said, the positives far outweigh the negatives and I still enjoy the prospect of going into work for a few more years yet.