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Make your own day job

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a product and thought, why didn’t I invent that?

From post-its to Facebook posts, there are thousands of entrepreneurs out there making their own day jobs. If you have an idea for a business, there’s a great resource right here on campus that can help you bring it to life.

Students In Free Enterprise Ryerson (SIFE) helps aspiring entrepreneurs in developing their businesses through programs such as StartMeUp Ryerson, their largest project. You might not know of them – I didn’t until recently – but they are one of Ryerson’s best-kept (non)secrets.

Participants in the StartMeUp program go through a four-stage process, including idea consultations with industry experts, that can help you flesh out the kinks in your business plan. They’ll even help you write a business plan.

Mark Coleman, director of StartMeUp, says the program is open to all students from any faculty.

“Even if you’re not sure about your idea, you can come and get the feel for entrepreneurship,” said Coleman. “It’s completely customizable and flexible.”

You never know, you could be the next “Twitter guys.”

All I ask for is a share of the company.

Check out more at StartMeUp Ryerson or follow them on Twitter @SMU_Ryerson. Their next event is on Oct.14 at the Hart House.

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