Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The Entrepreneur Revolution

Welcome back to Write Away, the blog for small business owners, freelancers and anyone looking to work for themselves.
We don't often feature book reviews on Write Away, but felt the need to make an exception with a book we've just finished, as it felt so relevant to our followers, those looking to work for themselves and create new businesses. The book is Entrepreneur Revolution by Daniel Priestley.

In his introduction Daniel Priestley describes an entrepreneur as "someone who spots an opportunity and acts to make it into a commercial success" and in this simple description he challenges the common preconception that entrepreneurs are a different breed to the rest of us - the only difference is often in the way they think and approach things.

This is the main concept of this riveting book - it aims to develop the entrepreneurial mindset in all of us and starts by predicting that we are living in a period of great change relating to the way the world does business - no longer does corporate life and the regular 9 to 5 have to be the way the majority earn their living but reveals the next ten to twenty years will be the age of the entrepreneur revolution, where those open to it, will harness the power of the internet,and the cloud, to start global small businesses and become masters of their own destiny.

Daniel Priestley is an entrepreneur himself, and the book doesn't seek to preach his views but enlighten the interested reader, and this makes it an easy read (if you're interested!)

Will it help you start a business? If you approach it with an open mind and accept the challenges it lays down to you the reader, then I think it could be an invaluable tool in helping you take that next step, but it requires you to be prepared to change your mindset and step out of your comfort zone - but then anyone looking to start their own business would need to be prepared to do this anyway!

This is certainly a recommended read for anyone wanting to swap corporate life for the freedom of being their own boss and are prepared to change their thinking and seek to join the entrepreneur revolution.

We hope you enjoy it and find it as inspiring as we did.

Until next time.

Entrepreneur Revolution by Daniel Priestley is published by Capstone

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Your Next Day Job?

Welcome back to Write Away, the business blog aimed at those working for themselves or anyone who'd love to but has yet to take that first step.

There is an increasing number of people who are deciding to become their own boss later on in their career.
There are many reasons for this, some people see it is a viable alternative to trying to get another job after redundancy, others are tired of working for someone else and some just have a big idea that is bursting to be launched in the form of a new business.
Becoming self employed can also be a fantastic way of gaining a better work / life balance when you have a young family and working hours need to fit around school hours.

Whatever the reason, there are a number of benefits to becoming your own boss later in your career. Not only do you have a lot more experience to draw on, you also have the benefit of having made some mistakes at someone else's expense!

Often, those over forty may also be fortunate to have built some savings which they could use to either launch their business or to draw on when cash flow is tight in the early phases of a new business.

However, taking the brave step to move away from the relative security of a weekly or monthly pay packet requires some courage and confidence in your idea and your ability to turn it into a commercial success.
There are growing numbers of organisations aimed at supporting entrepreneurs who are thinking of such a change later in their careers. One such example is Prime (Princes Initiative for Mature Enterprise) which supports business creation for those over 50. Another relatively new group is My Next Day Job, aiming to support the over 40's who want to make changes to their careers.
Theolderentrepreneur is a another website aimed very specifically at providing a network and support for people wanting to start their own business later in their career.

As usual, the links are at the end if the post, and remember, whatever stage of life you are at, its never too late to work for yourself, you are probably better equipped, in terms of experience and knowledge, than many younger people, and there are no shortage of other like minded individuals out there looking to help and support you - why not give it a go?

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Pitch To Win

Welcome back to Write Away, the blog for small businesses, freelancers and anyone interested in working for themselves.

In this post we’re looking at an interesting new initiative, which has come about via the enterprise campaign, StartUp Britain, called PitchUp!
PitchUp! Is a competition that gives small businesses a unique opportunity to pitch their products to the high street retailer John Lewis.

The competition ran last year as well, and saw 400 small businesses compete to win one of 12 places given the opportunity to pitch directly to the retailers top buyers, and ultimately try and get their products onto the shelves of one of the country’s top retailers.
An added bonus is that it is John Lewis’ 150th birthday next year and winning a competition like this would add an enormous amount of prestige in such an important year.
If you have a product that is just waiting to be discovered, a design classic or innovative masterpiece, then this is the competition for you.

Opportunities like this are few and far between, and even if you don’t win, preparing for the process and making your pitch the very best it can be could be enormously beneficial to any small business. You might not get in front of John Lewis, but who knows who might spot your product along the way, and as the famous saying goes, “You’ve got to be in it to win it!”.

The link for the entry form is at the end of the post, if you decide to give it a shot, I wish you the best of luck.
Until next time.