Saving Genie Update

Will we make it by October 2013?

I know we will…. I have always been taught to never back down and to face my fears even when I’m feeling weak (which at this point in time my health is very poor but I am not letting it beat me). This venture is so important to my family and to the many people it could help in the UK

I have been offered a partnership with a very nice man, but I have always seen myself as a sole trader so this is something that I’m approaching with caution. Not because of the gentleman in question, as he is very nice, but because of my own demons and past dealings.

I have seen a number of partnerships fail and crumble before my eyes and there was nothing that anyone could have done to save their business. It was so hard to see another persons idea fail like that because of a handful of bad decisions.

However this could be the answer… but then again I just don’t know.

I’m going to wait and see what happens, whilst exhausting all of my other avenues first. To be honest, a partnership will always be my last choice.

I still recommend Zero Start Ventures to anyone interested in setting up their own business, as they have been very kind; although I don’t think Genie is something they have ever dealt with before and that is why they are taking so long with getting back to me. When I spoke to Mr Chudasama he told me to never put my eggs in one basket so to speak and if anyone is interested then I sign an exclusive right to that Angel, so I then only deal with them.

I have been very guarded with the business plan because of what Quantum did to me and the many other poor businesses. Maybe this was a silly move but with what happened I cant seem to help it.

I have something up my sleeve but I’m not telling anyone as of yet, because I don’t want to jinx myself. I’m just praying that maybe, just maybe I have got it right this time.

However I have let this person know that even if he isn’t successful that I will never forget the efforts he has gone to for my family and we haven’t even met.

This venture has brought some fantastic people into my life and some I will always stay in touch with, as they have become firm life long friends. Isn’t it nice when that happens!

I hope everyone is well and when it comes to business decisions you are making educated informed choices so you don’t end up like me x

Because even though the company looked and smelled right that was meant to do my website for me they still avoided paying their tax and liquidated. Taking Genies site with them

Love to all stay safe and speak soon much more when properly back on my feet x promise x

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11 Months & Counting…

To think it’s nearly two weeks since my last post and my life has been a whirlwind of events

From perfecting the business plan for GenieHomeSwap, to helping the Trussell Trust as a thank you for helping me and my family when things got really tough. To now panicking like a bunny in headlights awaiting the answer from Zero Start Ventures to see whether they are interested in investing in my ideas.

Oh and the virus from HELL…

It’s funny to think that my future and life is in their hands (Zero’s). One simple decision could affect everything I have planned for a long time, Scary or what?

What will I do if the answer is a no?

As time is ticking, keeping myself afloat is getting harder and harder, but its just a good job I’m a cracking swimmer lol

Come to think of it… keeping afloat should be added to my CV 😉

Talking of which I met a lovely lady in the local supermarket when I was opposite the eggs. I was busy arguing with myself about the extra £1.50 for the 24 eggs because that £1.50 could mean another base for a meal like a small pack of meat or something similar from the reduced section that I could freeze. Then this lady with a friendly smile was staring at me obviously thinking “What the hell is she doing staring at the eggs for all this time?”

So I explained about the Egg scenario and how that £1.50 really could make all the difference to whether we eat or not. I had a lot of things in the trolley for my children and not many items for my Husband and I just some Chicken. She remembered me from the TV feature (cue embarrassment) and I went on to tell her about how amazing the Trussell Trust are and about how my families lives will be different in 11 months time once I successfully launch Genie.

She was lovely genuinely interested and also knew of the Trussell Trust too.

I have full faith in what I’m doing and I know that this is the only way for me to do it (because of my personal situation with my disabled sons care and also my poor health).

It’s simple, if Zero Start Ventures don’t think Genie is for them it’s not because they don’t like the idea… it will be because it’s not their area of expertise or just not for them.

If that does happen I’ll pick myself up and keep fighting for another day. I have done this before and can do it again a thousand times.

It’s all for my kids, so I have to!

That doesn’t make it any less painful, but it’s how you utilise that pain that counts remember that guys x

Try to turn it into a positive and you win every time.

I will let you know of the outcome with Zero Start x

Love to all

Stats Are Funny Things

Right now I’m a bit sleep deprived and just about to make a drink,  settle down and do some blogging whilst Rowan is crashed out and comfortable. What do I find? That even though there’s loads of content in my blog; ranging from funding advice to family dilemmas and even some good old fashioned detective work. Your favourite part of my blog according to my stats is the detective work and the Quantum diaries. Funnily enough this has still been troubling me to the point when I do sleep I just have troubled dreams. There must be something I can do right? Someway I can get justice for us all. I mean over 700 businesses and families suffering at the hands of those rogues. Plus there is the poor people like me who just got a bespoke design for several thousand of pounds.

I recently wrote a post about how a Greek mythology story had a very good hidden meaning and maybe I should and could apply that to my life. It also taught you to try and look forward to your future and pay little attention to your past. But what if the past is still affecting so many people now? Doesn’t that still qualify as a current problem and therefore apply to the future?

My friends, if I have mislead you by saying this, then I’m sorry, it wasn’t my intention; but as a normal person with compassion and bucket loads of empathy I can’t stand on the sidelines anymore and leave this alone. My conscience will not allow it, My subconscious is already giving me a run for my money and it’s not in my genetic make up to lie down to people who think they are smarter than me.

We all deserve the truth and an independent figure investigating what has happened x

Let it begin again 🙂

Wow what a journey indeed of discovery as I never thought I would be saying these words again x

Love to all

Genies Mum x x

 

 

HELPING YOUR BUSINESS GROW INTERNATIONALLY

UK Trade & Investment

Call 020 7215 8000 to find out how to get in touch with an International Trade Adviser in your area.

Or http://www.ukti.gov.uk/home.html?guid=none

Support Type: 

Expertise, Advice and Mentoring

How can they help?

Structured advice and support to prepare your company to start exporting, with the aim to improve your company’s exporting capabilities and to help you enter new export markets.

What does it do?

What you receive will be designed to meet your needs, but you will typically receive:

• Assessment of your company’s ability to export;

• Help with a plan to help you start exporting, improve your exporting capability, or enter new export markets;

• Advice and support enabling you to put your plans into action

What will it achieve for me and my business?

Help is tailored to individual company needs but you may get help from an experienced International Trade Adviser to:

• Gain the skills needed to trade internationally;

• Learn how to conduct market research;

• Travel to new markets and participate in trade fairs;

• Learn how to overcome cultural barriers to exporting;

• Receive information, contacts and on the spot assistance to help you win business in new overseas markets.

You should see improved business results.

How much will it cost? This depends on what you require. Most of their help is free but there are charges (albeit at a subsidised rate) for some of the services, notably from UKTI staff overseas. SMEs, inexperienced in trading internationally may be eligible for grant towards market research, overseas visits, participation in trade fairs etc. The scheme is aimed at any businesses that are deemed to be suitable and ready to export.

Additional Information: 

Most support is available throughout the UK. Certain aspects of intensive assistance are for England only. The Devolved Administrations have comparable schemes. This product is open to all UK businesses and those that make a significant contribution to the UK economy. Which is how it should be learn to be generous and you will find that the benefits are amazing.  Some specific named programmes are only open to companies that meet the EU definition of an SME. Some aspects of the product are chargeable but at a subsidised rate.

Business Type: 

Private company

Public limited company

Partnership

Maximum of employee 249

Own It Baby ;D

So finally my hard work is paying off and people are realising that what happened to Genie wasn’t our fault. The trust is rebuilding which is great as that’s my aim, Genie being built around basic human values. Reliability, Honour, Trust, Ambition and above all,

Are you ready for it……♥ LOVE AAAAAHHHHHH ♥

Now this is the clever bit, if you truly pour your heart and soul into something, give it your all if you actually love it. Then if somebody threatens your business or idea, then you will fight tooth and nail to get it back. And that’s what I’m doing.

I have never been a “I don’t like that one, I want this one :p” kind of person, or one who frequently changes their mind.

If I make a decision to make something work it will x

Business is mainly driven now by greed and ambition. All the values above used to get snigered at when applied in business but things are starting to change. Which can only be positive and I fully support it x x

Hence one of my article about emotions in the workplace

 

Some good tips also are 

 

  • Customers Happiness is paramount.
  • Confidentiality is key and you should always protect your customer
  • Ensure reassurance is installed in your customer by making sure they are comfortable with all transactions. 
  • Demonstrate the stability of your company in the way you do things.
  • and finally communication should be your best friend (both within the office and in the wider world).

 

How have I learnt these points by watching other companies over time, and carefully and educating myself. You can do it too

My business meeting is today which I am going to grab IT BY THE BALLS and OWN IT BABY 🙂 

Wish me luck x x

 

I Haven’t Forgotten x x

I promised last night that I would share as much quality information as I could find x

I am working on 4 separate pieces for you whilst feeding Willow and organising helping The Trussell Trust as they helped me and that’s what it’s all about.

Let me tell you a secret, But you mustn’t tell or we may get judged…………………………….WELL I DON’T CARE, PLEASE DO TELL, TELL THE WHOLE WORLD…………. HOW FANTASTIC THESE PEOPLE ARE X X X

Here’s is my secret  x

As you know my family have suffered these past few months and my plan to save them was horribly stolen from me . I mean honestly… I could write for Eastenders and win an award.

Just when you think their is no justice in the world and how the hell am I going to get through this? People like the Trussell Trust come and save you. They didn’t know my family. They didn’t judge or frown at my failure as a Mother. They told me it was OK to feel the way I was feeling and that they could help.

These people gave us enough food for 1 week with toiletries. They have helped us twice now x x My children thought it was Christmas. This is what people don’t realise at the moment is it’s not just the homeless that need help or people in hostels. More and more people including myself a proud Mum of 4 need their help because f the mounting costs of today’s fuel, food and everyday living.

I have no doubt that when GenieHomeSwap we will be doing some fund raising for the Trusseel Trust as these acts of kindness will never be forgotten x x

So you see today I’m being intervied by someone from the BBC about how more and more families like myself are using the Foodbank. That’s the only way I can repay them for helping my family until Genie is running x x

So  I will upload your pieces soon I have to just finish helping a friend ;D

I’m not ashamed of having to use the Foodbank I’m proud to be a part of something so special but maybe next time it would be nicer to be the giver and not the receiver x x x

http://www.trusselltrust.org/

Saving Genie Update

Well as you know I am having a meeting with Dee on the 17th regarding funding options and I’m also looking at other avenues like Angels. I have found a group called Zero Start Ventures and they would like to see my business plan to go over everything if they like it then they invest. No fees, just straight to the investment.

How much of Genie I have to give up I don’t know or whether that’s even on the cards, but I will keep you updated. Whatever happens I do know that 4 weeks ago I was in very a different position, sat crying and feeling ashamed of what had happened to Genie and how I could have been so stupid.

There is so many things that I have to remember though and try to keep always keep these things in mind

  • I’m a girl with no qualifications. I never finished school, so to get this far was brilliant and I should be proud of myself! I know my Nan would be.
  • The liquidation and the programmers taking my funding could have happened to anyone as it did to many others.
  • If I can pull this of which I will then anyone can do it ANYONE
  • My family will always be proud no matter what I achieve
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day ;D

I find the last point to be a good example of how to look at a frustrating situation because if we sit and get flustered it will only get worse.

So is this the start of a fantastic business relationship with Zero Start Venture who knows? But if not for me maybe somebody else. They are genuinely motivated into getting businesses up and running. Which are my kinds of people

Fingers crossed and lets wait and see if they like the plan and what they have to offer me  because lets not forget that what it’s about. Mutually agreeable term between two parties on the understanding that they will both benefit by the use of each other’s knowledge………………..

Until the next instalment my friends

Love to all x