Rudkins.ca is a site dedicated to my various businesses – past and present. It is also dedicated to the field of serial entrepreneurship, of which there are many devotees in the world!
Serial entrepreneurship is the continued starting and development of different businesses. For myself, the trend seems to be that I do them as long as I find them intellectually interesting and fun to do. They should also earn some money but history has shown that that is not always the key driver :-).
In some cases I have stopped doing very lucrative businesses because I no longer found it fun to do (i.e. Onyva International – an ERP consulting firm). Others I have persisted in despite the fact that they continued to cost me money (e.g. Suriname Trails – travel business to support small lodges in Suriname) and only gave up when there seem to be no profitable end in sight!
Currently I am involved in three different businesses, all in radically different areas. Is there some link between these businesses? Not really except for the fact that I enjoy doing all of them and I figure that’s what work should be all about!
Terrace Creations – Is my newest firm, focused on designing, building and installing condo balcony flooring in the Toronto area. Started after a serendipitous meeting with Ian McRonald, it has blossomed in its first full year in business (2016) with 2017 looking to be much bigger. It responds nicely to an itch that I had yet gotten a chance to scratch – a production oriented business.
Project Management – After 10 years of running my own training and consulting firm in project management I took a couple of years off as things were far too busy and I was no longer having fun doing it. Since then, I have joined up with a small consulting firm (World Class Productivity) where I mostly do PMP training. It has made it a lot more fun and doesn’t require me to run the business as well. They do a much better job!
Rudkins Small Business Solutions – Provides coaching to solopreneurs (single person businesses) who want to start and/or grow their business. This has been running for a few years and not only is interesting but in helping these other small businesses I get to learn a lot myself. !