Director of operations at the social enterprise institute possible ways to make money, stephanie pronk discusses how she accidentally became an entrepreneur gen w

From aspiring musician, to human resource manager, to social entrepreneur, stephanie pronk has had a winding career trajectory that eventually possible ways to make money led her to become a key player in canada’s social enterprise space. Having worked for social enterprises in the UK and canada, she currently serves as the director of operations of the possible ways to make money social enterprise institute (SEI), a company started while working at common good solutions (CGS), where the SEI team provides the inspiration, knowledge and tools social entrepreneurs need to solve community and possible ways to make money environmental problems. Her career

I am an entrepreneur by accident, which is a funny way to put it! Although I feel now that I’m naturally inclined to entrepreneurship, I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur. I never felt like I fit into the stereotype, and that’s because many entrepreneurs don’t fit the stereotype (surprise, surprise!). I’m a creative person and I really like to get possible ways to make money shit done. If you’re into personality types, my myers-briggs type is ENTJ – the commander which reflects someone suited to a leadership position. I think my brain is attuned to always solving problems possible ways to make money and that is how I naturally operate. From when I wake up to when I go to possible ways to make money bed, I am always asking myself: “how do I fix X?” it’s a curse and a blessing.

I would say that common good solutions is now the possible ways to make money foremost social enterprise development organization in canada. People are going to wonder: “what the heck does that mean?” first, the definition: a social enterprise uses a business model to make a possible ways to make money community or environmental impact, where the majority of all money made, including profits, are put right back into the community or environmental work, and not taken for personal gain. Common good supports social enterprises at every stage: from helping one person turn their idea into reality, to advocating for social enterprises in government and policy work possible ways to make money that we do to help the whole sector. We have an incubator, coaching services, consulting and also do community consultations through innovation labs. Innovation labs are a way to help communities solve issues possible ways to make money they are dealing with through talking to and directly supporting possible ways to make money the community members who are experiencing these issues.

For the social enterprise institute (SEI), it started as an idea within common good solutions to possible ways to make money get as many resources and support out to entrepreneurs around possible ways to make money the world, especially if they are too far away from support, or they can’t afford support. You just have to have an internet connection. We started SEI to share resources, which include; video based courses, toolkits, how-to-guides, checklists, and anything you need as support material for your enterprise. As we grew, we began to also provide a community for those folks possible ways to make money who are isolated so they can get feedback and support possible ways to make money from other members when they are feeling like times are possible ways to make money tough. That community has been the most popular part of that possible ways to make money whole site now. People want community and technology helps facilitate that for those possible ways to make money who are isolated.

Now, my role is changing again. I’m leaving working in SEI to help common good solutions possible ways to make money around marketing and sales. That will evolve over time as more people learn about possible ways to make money social enterprise institute (SEI) eventually intermingle naturally. My forward looking position is focused on communicating what common possible ways to make money good does in a way that is easily understandable by possible ways to make money all and how to celebrate the stories of our clients possible ways to make money and of the cool social activities that are happening throughout possible ways to make money the work that we do. Most importantly, it is from the perspective of the people that are possible ways to make money doing it. In sales, I make sure that we are making the right connections possible ways to make money across the country.

I happened upon entrepreneurship in a class by ellen farrell possible ways to make money at saint mary’s university that challenged us to make a business out possible ways to make money of $10. I was really into thrifting at the time and I possible ways to make money had all these clothes that I had collected from value possible ways to make money village or the salvation army, and I thought I could try to sell them online. I was reselling items for 6 to 10 times the possible ways to make money price that I was purchasing them for. However, it was way too much work despite the markup, and I was barely making any money. But, it was a lot of fun and I won second possible ways to make money place in my class competition. So that was my first segway into entrepreneurship and I possible ways to make money thought: “hey this is really fun, maybe I could run my own business?!”

I graduated university with a degree in human resources (which, looking back, I have no idea why I took it – it’s not something I’m interested in OR good at!) [note: if you’re in the same boat right now look up ikigai possible ways to make money and think about what it is you do love] I had an interview with the CRA and one with possible ways to make money the dockyards but neither ended up working out for different possible ways to make money reasons. I wasn’t sure what to do next.

So, I did what we all do when we have a possible ways to make money question we can’t answer: I turned to google. I typed ‘work in halifax’ and a company called the hub halifax popped up as possible ways to make money one of the first results. Once I started hanging out there on a volunteer basis possible ways to make money I realized that there are so many cool people in possible ways to make money halifax running awesome businesses that care about more than just possible ways to make money working at a bank and making a salary. I pitched the idea of working with them while I possible ways to make money figured out my own path and they said yes as possible ways to make money long as I could find money. So I found a grant and worked there, which is what lead me to meet dave and andy, the founders of common good solutions. One of the hub founders gave me a good recommendation possible ways to make money to dave upton, and the rest is history.

The women I admire most are my peers. I have friends who are doctors, or anthropologist phds, or are quitting their 80 hour per week agency jobs possible ways to make money to become boxing instructors because they are so badass. I am always pushed to up my game because my possible ways to make money friends are always impressing me all the time! They are just so amazing! So my peer group is a constant course of inspiration possible ways to make money and motivation.

I would not define it in the traditional ways. I don’t like being in the spotlight and I don’t want to be famous, I don’t want to have power or control over anything. I want to be a conduit for what I think possible ways to make money is meaningful in the world. For me, success would look like creating solutions to issues that we possible ways to make money see around us everyday. I want to make a positive impact, whether that be in poverty reduction, increasing affordable housing, or giving a voice to those who need it.

Firstly, we ask what its intention is. Are you running a business to make a social or possible ways to make money environmental change or are you running a business to make possible ways to make money money? If you are doing the former you are a social possible ways to make money enterprise. If you are doing the latter you are just a possible ways to make money regular business. Next, you need a clear outline of the social impact you possible ways to make money will achieve. That means that you have a mission for a specific possible ways to make money social or environmental goal and you can measure your impact possible ways to make money in some way. Materiality is another thing we talk about. Ask yourself: ‘is most of the work you’re doing in your entreprise about addressing the social or possible ways to make money environmental issue that you are trying to address?’ if it is less than 50% we would say that it is NOT a social enterprise. That had to be the core and majority of the possible ways to make money work that you do.

With the rise in the concept of ‘effective altruism’, there tends to be a misconception that everyone who wants possible ways to make money to make a difference needs to get a high paying possible ways to make money job and allocate their disposable income into charities that need possible ways to make money it. But because measuring social impact is so nuanced, it cannot be solely quantified by a monetary value. How do you define social impact and why did you possible ways to make money decide that common good is where you can make the possible ways to make money most social impact?

You have to focus every day with the intention that possible ways to make money you are coming to do a specific good and you possible ways to make money have to focus yourself toward that goal. I think if you get bogged down in trying to possible ways to make money measure specifically what impact you are going to make and possible ways to make money how much of it, that would be a useful thing to think about when possible ways to make money you are choosing your career and how you can pick possible ways to make money the most impactful career for yourself and pursue that trajectory.

However, on a day-to-day basis, you need to have a strong reason why you’re pursuing a specific path. I am okay with effective altruism if people are using possible ways to make money the concept to become educated on the impact they want possible ways to make money to make and it’s the best way they can do it because of possible ways to make money their skill set, health reasons or other limitations. Personally, I chose common good because of scale of impact. I was hoping that I could learn a lot, build a wide variety of skills, be challenged by my work, and do work that is meaning and helps improve people’s lives.

Tools, networks and self awareness. Networks are the most important thing for people to start possible ways to make money out with. The how-to tools and resources are important to know; they show you how to social enterprise as well as possible ways to make money how to avoid issues and traps, but being connected to the right people that you can possible ways to make money reach out to for advice, inspiration and a push is key. We try to do all of those things with SEI. We give you the know how, the content, the education, the practical tools on how to build a social enterprise possible ways to make money and how to avoid some pitfalls, but then the more important part is you have people possible ways to make money to lean on to pull into your team and help possible ways to make money you and motivate you when times are tough throughout the possible ways to make money process. It’s also important to understand yourself, where your limits are, NS where you get stuck. Being self aware as you go through the process of possible ways to make money building a social enterprise helps in the way of knowing possible ways to make money when to reach out for help when it’s needed.

I would recommend to just find someone you really admire possible ways to make money and ask to go for coffee. The worst they could say is no if they are possible ways to make money too busy but most of the time they are flattered possible ways to make money that an aspiring entrepreneur would ask them for advice. We also have webinars on the SEI where experts give possible ways to make money question and answer sessions and you can talk to them possible ways to make money as well.

Be confident in yourself and have what we call a possible ways to make money growth mindset about the work you are going to do. Take time to explore different options and find out what’s a good fit for your skills and personality. Don’t pigeonhole yourself into something if you are uncertain about possible ways to make money it. If I could do it all over again I would possible ways to make money have tried to travel for school or work to experience possible ways to make money other cultures and other ways of living and being. I had many work experiences but I would have reached possible ways to make money for more diverse ones.

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