Expect to wear many hats when starting your own business


Windspeaker Radio speaks with Carrie Kachur of Mobility Moving of Edmonton for this week’s Indigenous Business Profile.



Part of the advantage to being a business owner is freedom from working for someone else, said Carrie Kachur.

Kachur started Mobility Moving with her husband Doug, and they did it without taking on additional debt burden through a loan for financing. So that meant the first couple of years was working to establish the business and solidifying the services and the quality of service they offered.

“It was definitely challenging when you’re not starting out with a lot of disposable income or capital.”

There were people they could look to for advice and council, however. Doug has family that has been in the moving business for a long time. Their help was especially appreciated.

There is always something new to learn in business, Kachur said. And there are always challenges along the way.

“So you learn to adapt and adjust to those challenges to make your business as successful as it can be.”

Know and understand your market, is the advice Kachur gives to people wanting to start their own businesses. You have to be versatile as you’ll be in charge of everything from operations to human resources.

“You’ll learn finance. You wear a lot of different hats. And you’re constantly, constantly learning.”

Another thing that is important is keeping ahead of the changes in the industry and market your business to stay current.