When I posted the previous blog, a few months before the launch of Sales Talent Agency, I assumed this would be a constant task: the blog. A diary of our day-in, day-out struggles, battles, victories, defeats as we built our new company. A “must have” for any young entrepreneur in today’s world, right?
I pictured me finishing a hard day of deal-making and documenting my thoughts and feelings. I would blog about the legal process of incorporating a company; about the creative process of developing our service offerings, pricing and marketing materials; and about signing our first client – being wily and aggressive and having nothing to lose. I would blog about leasing our first office space, hiring our first employees, paying our first corporate taxes.
And then 3 years go by and I didn’t write a bloody thing.
Everything I thought I would blog about actually happened. At least I think it all happened – without the blog as a record who knows for sure?
We found a great company name: Sales Talent Agency: a name of destiny (like Einstein, Pele, Madonna). We fought a hundred different battles and won most of them. We found amazing people to work with (I really LOVE working with this team!). We made over a million dollars in revenue in our first full year. Sonya has been an amazing business partner (she has had 2 kids since we started and barely skipped a beat!).
All in all, this has been the most fun I have had in my career. And still as I look ahead to 2010 and start working on our business plan I feel incredibly overwhelmed: we have so much left to do.
My biggest goals for 2010 (making this up as I go along):
Solidify our standing as the no.1 sales recruitment company in Vancouver (small city: very attainable)
Continue to grow our marketshare in Toronto (big city, much more fractured recruitment landscape: we can absolutely own that market in the next 2-3 years)
- Build a bigger presence in Calgary
- Prove that a sales recruitment company – when at its best (engaged recruiters and engaged clients) - can be the most valuable business partnership for a company looking to grow its revenues and build marketshare
- Take my wife to Africa
- See my nephews (in England) at least once (hopefully twice)
Those seem like pretty good goals. Here is to 2010!