For Shaun Whynacht, small business is a way of life.
In fact, the entrepreneurial spirit is practically woven into his DNA. As a small boy, he tagged along with his grandfather as he maintained a successful TV repair business. Later he helped renovate the kitchen for his grandmother’s cake shop, and all the while, his mother ran a craft business in his childhood home. Unsurprisingly, by the time he was in high school Shaun went into business for himself.
Upon completion of his college studies in television production, he spent more than a decade exploring every corner of Canada and learning about the business world as an employee. From non-profits to corporations and revenue development to web design, Shaun has seen it all.
Like many small business owners, Shaun wanted the flexibility to take his son to school and spend time with his family at home. Experience had shown him that small business could meet his personal and professional needs, and the research was clear – small business is the wave of the future. Eventually, he knew it was time to set out on his own…for good.
Inspired by his family legacy of business ownership and armed with the desire for fulfilling work and time with his family, Shaun ditched the suit and tie and founded Blue Cow.
And he’s been leading the charge ever since.
He has honed his skills with boots on the ground and both eyes focused on the future. A self-professed learning addict, Shaun spends his “downtime” keeping up with the latest trends in technology, marketing and design so that he can put them to work for you. The results are just like you imagine a blue cow might be – stunning and unique.
Not a fan of pushy sales or get rich quick schemes, he will help you stay focused on the long game with brilliant marketing tools, insightful strategy and time-saving automation. No stuffed shirt here! His shorts and collared shirt suit him just fine, thank you. Plus, comfort and stretch is essential for showcasing his ninja moves and flexing his marketing muscle.
Email Shaun at email@example.com
This is an interview courtesy of Rogers.com from when they booked Shaun to teach a marketing workshop
My role in the company has been as founder and president. I’ve been involved in entrepreneurship since the age of 15 and started my first business at 17. Since then I’ve worked to help other small businesses market themselves more effectively with website design, video production, social media & marketing automation.
I have clients across Canada and in the US as well and have been able to do this all while working from home to have that valuable work/life harmony that we all dream about when starting our own business.
My personal goal in doing what I do is that my son will grow up and see his father as someone who helps others achieve their goals just as much as he helped him achieve his.
The most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur in my industry is that I get to see the wave of change coming with marketing trends and technology and then prepare my prospects and clients for these impacts to their business.
When you get to pass on your experience to others and have that make a positive impact in their life, it’s the best feeling in the world.
"Helping others who rely on your experience and suggestions is a major motivator."
When I wake up each morning I know that it’s going to be a different day than any other day I’ve had.
It also helps that I love and embrace change, so being an ever changing industry is the perfect fit for my persona.
The digital landscape is changing rapidly, but the one thing we need to remember as a small business owner is that we are still communicating with other human beings. So while we have more and more tools to do that, we can’t get caught up in all the flashy technology.
Break it down to basics. Educate your prospect of a potential problem them may have. Show them how your solution fixes that problem. Invite them into a discussion around having you solve that problem.
Each of these steps can be enhanced with different tools, but ultimately this is what we need to do. Education is the new selling. When you try to sell before educating, you are wasting your time.
Focus on the customer experience. Whether you sell a product or a service, people remember the experience they have had before, during and after that transaction more so than the product or service they bought. So walk yourself through the whole journey from hearing about your business, inquiring to actually purchasing and come up with the most awesome enhancements you can to each step (if there were not limits). Once you have that, then look at what options are available to making that enhancement a reality.
It’s your business, so make it as unique and personable as you are….oh and remember to always have fun!