We “hacked” our offices to save money
I needed to get creative to launch a business with no venture capital and sustain myself.
I didn’t pay for office space and instead hosted my co-workers every day in the townhouse I rented at in Toronto. Entrepreneurship is risky, and I took a risk my landlord would (thankfully) never find out. We had laptops, a one-of-a-kind idea, and a talented team – anything was possible.
Instead of buying a printer, we entered a contest to win one
We made big things happen in a small space, and we did it together. We went so far as to enter a contest to win a new printer, so we didn’t have to buy one. After that, the team created videos, found a cheerleading crew, and pulled off announcement stunts in the middle of downtown Toronto.
All this fun bound the team together with energy and commitment. We didn’t pay for a new printer; we earned it by winning the competition.