These B-Schoolers made their
dream business a reality.
When my clients ask me how long I’ve been in business I tell them that I got my guide license and started being a freelance 14 years ago, but I didn’t get a website until 8 years ago, and then 2.5 years ago I took an online business training that took me where I am: top rated on Tripadvisor, organizing over 500 tours a year, full redesign of my website (twice!) including now online bookings, running a weekly newsletter with 1000 subscribers. And I’ve gone from being just myself to adding 3 assistants and a team of 9 guides.
My first B-School year I doubled my invoicing. The next year, I reached six figures for the first time. This year I’ve already invoiced €200,000. For the nature of my business, a lot of it goes to pay guides and drivers, but I calculate this year I could afford to pay myself a €5000/month salary! And having finally found the right assistant to take care of our emails for me, I’m taking my life back and have time to go to the gym again in the evenings. And I’m taking weekends and Wednesdays off, too (VERY rare for a tour guide!). Plus I was able to buy a €7,000 Cocomat bed (one of my dreams!) and I noticed my energy levels rising in less than a week.