I approached Business Link who have helped me. There isn’t a lot of government funding available as yet, but once this is available to me Business Link are going to help me as much as they can, which is great.
I am networking everyday and come across loads of great people so anyone and everyone I speak to tries to offer some support.
I think more help and financial support should be available as it’s hard to start your own business without any finance.
Business Link provided me with a template to use. I also have friends who own their own businesses who have kindly helped me advance and improve the plan.
It’s important to have a plan otherwise you have no focus. I do add and change a few things but it’s an evolving business so there will be a few things I won’t stick too. I will, however, time manage my targets to so that they are met long term.
Entirely my own savings.
No, I’m confident we’ll succeed.
I am still working at the moment. I work for a big software company (Amcat call centre solutions based in Manchester). I will leave my job when the time is right.
As it’s a website business most of my work can be done at home from my laptop.
Literally as many as possible!
Time management – careful commitments and cutting down my social life – but it’s worth it in the long run.
At the moment, it’s me and my administrator. We’ll consider employees as we grow.
PR – newspapers, radio, sponsors of shows, wedding fairs and student nights.
A successful growing business – being a portal site that everyone uses.
A successful managed marketing campaign.
Remain focused on my goals, set targets and stick to them using my business plan.
I originally outsourced the site abroad. However, due to communication problems I had someone here design it which has worked better for me. A lot of hard work is involved as you have a concept that you want the site to look and appear and others may interpret that differently. A lot of testing and feedback has been carried out.
For it to grow, gain maximum hits and for everyone to know about the website.
I did lose time and money on initially creating the site abroad but that was soon rectified. You learn from your mistakes and everything is a lesson to be learnt.
Passion for the idea and keeping working hard at it.
Go for your idea – there’s no harm is pursuing your goals.