Today I am interviewed in City Newspaper in Malmö and Lund! It feels really cool that they have chosen to write about small business owners and that they chose me as an example! A Swedish Lobby organisation, Foretagarna, recently released a barometer reading of small businesses in Scania and according to them the future looks bright, especially within the service sector.
I agreed with this and said that in Lund I think there is a lot of support for small businesses and a lot of organisations encouraging people to start their own businesses. Unfortunately there is a disconnect with the government because there are some structural problems that can discourage and make it difficult for small business owners.
For example, in Sweden, taxes are very high and it is very expensive to hire staff as a small business with low turn-over. Also, there is very little focus on entrepreneurship in university, especially in the non-traditional subjects.
I told them about what advantages I see in running my own business, like the fact that everything I do, is for myself; I get to choose the strategic direction of my business, and learn a lot about things I didn't learn in school like book keeping and how to be a salesperson. You can also choose when and where you want to work and that is an advantage as a student or if you have a family!
Some interesting statistics are that less that 1% of companies in Sweden have more than 50 people employed, and that 4 of 5 new jobs created in Sweden are by small businesses. I think that those two things are great reasons for the government to focus on making it easier to start and run a business. It's a fact that small businesses pay taxes and hire people, which is needed, and very positive for Sweden.
In mid-October Boothie moved in to VentureLab's incubator. VentureLab is Lund University's platform for students who are considering starting or want to start their own business. We have our own little fishbowl office where we keep our backgrounds and props. It's a really inspiring environment with all the other businesses (there are 20 total).
Check out VentureLab on facebook at www.facebook.com/venturelabilund! You can also follow VentureLab (and me!) on instagram!
Check out this article that Lund University Innovation Systems (LUIS) wrote about me and Boothie with regards to the LeapFrogs grant I received this summer for my business idea!
Yesterday we were in the little city of Bromölla in Skåne. Boothie was at an event arranged by the cultural department at the municipality for youngsters and their lovely library. Boothie was a huge hit amongst the youth (and the staff) and we managed to get (more than 1!) pic of everyone that was there!
Hey I'm Rachelle and I'm the owner of Boothie Sweden! I'm from Canada and came to Lund 5 years ago. I'm really excited to be in Skåne and appreciate all of your comments and suggestions!