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

A Positive Impact Upon Society :)

I have decided to write you a post to encourage you into the idea that whilst running a company you can also have a positive impact on society.

By encouraging a sense of social belonging, your customers will want to fight for you. Even defend your good name; you can build your business on a relationship that is filled with trust and respect. That is if you are prepared to go that extra mile!

How can you achieve this?

One method would be to donate a small portion of your profits to a charity fund you have created for the benefit of the communities your customers are a part of.

It’s a simple, easy and very effective way to make sure that you to can make a difference in a world that is so very hard for some people today to live in.

So how am I implementing this idea with my own company GenieHomeSwap? Well Homelessness has always been close to my heart and it’s something that with the new bedroom tax that’s coming is going to get worse. So with every £3.99 Gold Members subscription fee we are donating 25% every month from it and transferring it to our own homeless fund.

We have already organised to work alongside various soup kitchens supplying the homeless with thermals, waterproofs, compact sleeping bags, mini med kits, flasks, gloves, etc that will help keep them warm during the freezing months and hopefully could contribute to saving the lives of the most needy.

Winter is getting colder and the streets are going to get more crowded.

It is our intention to get the communities involved with this, an act that should help bridge relations between the everyday people and this nations homeless.

We will also have leaflets of advice for the homeless, and provide information packs and points of contact for them as in these worrying times we all need to help one another.

For our volunteers that dedicate their time and go beyond their means will be rewarded for their efforts.

This is my dream and I wanted to share it with you because if all business modules had this attached to it somehow what a wonderful world we would live in

Love to all x

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

1000 Free Life Time Accounts Up For Grabs x

Hi Guys

Its been a fab day even considering the weather, the heavens haven’t stopped 🙂

So on GenieHomeSwaps Listings page on Facebook we’re doing a promotion.

People are already listing their houses nicely, but we need more x

Here’s the the good bit x

We’re giving away 1000 FREE life time accounts with full access to the discount card and monthly draws for when the GenieHomeSwap website goes live.

Just to re-cap GenieHomeSwap is a social housing exchange website, Although we will also be able to do this for home-owners too in the near future.

Please feel free to come over and list your property if you’re a social housing tenant. By following the link 🙂 once you have listed your property please PM us your email and we will keep it safe and confidential.

Please be assured you details will never be sold to another party Genie would rather go back into her lamp than do that x

If you are a social housing landlord and feel that your tenants would benefit from this please contact us and we’ll send you a poster to put in your office 😉 and a promotional mug to say thank you x

Please follow this link x

https://www.facebook.com/GenieHomeSwapListings?ref=hl

Or follow me on Twitter under x

GenieHomeSwap

This ride will be amazing if you believe, I know I do x

Remember it’s the FIRST 1000 PLACES ARE  FREE on GenieHomeSwap.com when we launch

After that its £1.99 to £3.99 a month……………… That’s it 🙂

So what do you have to lose except the house you no longer want x

Will You Judge Me?

I am toying with an idea, whether I should put something on my blog

Its to direct people to a fantastic page about some friends who have helped me.

But you would also meet me, but I’m not looking at my best 🙂

So what would you do? Go :p in the face of society and not care about being judged…..or

Would you hold it back and hope your friends get enough coverage on their own x

I will sleep on it

It all comes down to the fear of being rejected by society. How silly to feel this way

Love to all x

AMAZING PEOPLE AND AN AMAZING DAY

Today i have spent time with some amazing people and it’s been an amazing day!

So why so weary?

I feel a little emotional now as people keep telling me I’m an inspiration, but I don’t see why. I’m just doing what anyone else would do.

This question is causing a little conflict inside me because if this isn’t what a normal person would do then why not? That plays on my mind and will always continue to be painful to understand. The only way I have found to be comfortable in my own skin is by helping others.

I think that’s why I get on so well with all the people at the Trussell Trust. They keep saying thank you to me but isn’t that backwards. They were the ones who fed my family in their hours of need.

Do you know just how fabulous they really are, and me doing that interview/story on the BBC about how my family has been struggling, has actively made people phone and donate 😀

I am very humbled to think people could relate to our situation enough to give and care. That’s the world I want to be in, one where we all can be assured that no matter what if something happens someone will be there to catch you. And when you’re back on your feet you would do the same.

Having my children has been the biggest adventure yet and Rowan my disabled son has been a great teacher too. The amount of pain my son goes through on a daily basis with his neck or hip must be very hard he just laughs or plays and has fun. That’s the real inspiration, not me.

A very kind lady today said considering I’m so ill, I look very well (love her) and how do I do it?????? um ????

I keep being asked how do I find the strength to do what I do. That’s easy I just look at my son and see the milestones he has crossed. That baby boy, who they said would never walk or talk….

Is now running free and laughing with Mummy 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