Simon Banks at Vivid Festival 2019

At the 2019 Vivid Festival, Simon joined a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs as they explored how to master the keys to being your own boss.

Whilst it’s never been easier to start a business, most businesses close within a few years.

To a packed house, they spoke about the ‘real world’ experiences of being an entrepreneur and how to thrive in the growing gig economy. Despite the somewhat glorified Silicon Valley narrative, it’s not all ping pong tables, bean bags, and unicorns.

The panel explored five key stages of success to not only keep your doors open but how to thrive in building your dream business and entrepreneurial career that can last a lifetime.

    1. Getting Started
    2. Making Money
    3. Achieving Results
    4. Revenue Management
    5. Tracking Your Progress

Check out the event highlights below:

The Panel was hosted by Patrick Harrison from Solo and Smart. Solo and Smart is designed to give individuals all the tools they need to start and run a successful business.

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