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Overcoming The Challenges of First-Time Entrepreneurship

Overcoming The Challenges of First-Time Entrepreneurship

Jon Rhodes and Mark Goddard launched their research and design studio Paper just over a month ago. Today these budding entrepreneurs discuss what led them to take control of their careers and join forces to build something special of their own. Jon and Mark aren’t afraid to share some of the biggest challenges they’re facing breaking into their industry, and they reveal what they’re prepared to do to achieve success in their new venture.

We discuss:

  • The practical and emotional reasons for starting a business
  • Why they’re going to publish their feedback
  • Not being afraid to ask for critique
  • Why everything is a numbers game

Jon Rhodes is a project manager, and has been managing digital projects for clients across the UK and Europe for more than 10 years. Mark Goddard is a service designer, and has evolved over the past nine years from researching and designing websites, to looking at how these products affect the services they’re part of and the people that use them. Together with Cam Spilman, Jon and Mark recently set up Paper, a research and design studio based in Sheffield, England. You can discover more about their business on Twitter, and you can learn more about Jon at Twitter and LinkedIn, and Mark on LinkedIn and Twitter.






About the author, David Shriner-Cahn

David is the podcast host and community builder behind Smashing the Plateau, an online platform offering resources, accountability, and camaraderie to high-performing professionals who are making the leap from the corporate career track to entrepreneurial business ownership.

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