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

Positive Influences In The Guise Of A Story

I am going to share a story with you that’s taken from Greek mythology and its taught me a fantastic lesson

(This is my take on the story)

ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE

Orpheus and Eurydice were soul mates their love so great they were never apart. Until one fateful day when Eurydice stepped on a poisonous snake and fell to her death. Orpheus was beside himself, how could he ever sing again without his love and true soul mate by his side.

Orpheus was a great musician he decided to rescue his wife and descended to Hades to sing for her release. His voice so pure and beautiful the dark powers were moved by his plea and released His bride. But with one condition and this was never to be broken.

The powers made him promise not to look at Eurydice until they reached natural light. He agreed seeing that this task was simple, how could the powers be so stupid to mock him this way.  Orpheus agreed and the couple started to celebrate with an embrace. But this was forbidden, only when they reached the top could they really unite.

 The journey was long and hard but Orpheus had full faith that they were free and she was behind him. Up until he couldn’t hear Eurydice there anymore, he panicked  and weakened. The warm air from the sun took his breath and replaced it with the sense of glory as he reached the top. As he turned around and caught a glimpse of his beautiful bride the grey light was still cascading over her face. He looked too soon……………………………………………………………………….

At that very moment he didn’t even get to say goodbye.  She was taken by a force so great that he watched her being dragged down the dark tunnel, back to Hades and vanishing before his eyes. There she would meet her fate and all at the fault of her lover. A faint cry was all he could detect for a second, all because he faltered and looked back. Orpheus never got over his loss,  forever missing his bride and becaming a symbol of resistance in accepting loss, which requires leaving the past behind and looking ahead to your future x

The morale of the story…………. if you pay too much attention to your past,  you will miss out on your future.

So how has that affected me as a person and why am I telling you this?

Lately I have been dwelling on what GenieHomeSwap.Com was going to be like and that’s not healthy,  but since reading this story I am not going to do that anymore. Things happen for a reason and maybe Quantum’s demise (web programmers liquidation) has actually prevented Genies  liquidation in the future because she wasn’t going to be hosted by a bunch of cowboys.

I think maybe some of you might find this useful as a life exercise. Whether it comes in handy to apply within your family, work or even money. Whatever happens we need to keep on going my friends and that’s the key x x

If we can help others on the way ………………….DO IT Trust me it’s a life changing experience.

If the world is kinder place then it will be a happier one too x

I hope you enjoy my take on the story x

Night all x x

A Normal Option For A Normal Person ;p

The New Enterprise Allowance…………….Not bad and easy to access as well.

This is great if you are deciding to start your own business and you’re in receipt of benefits. The benefit that qualify’s is Job Seekers allowance.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Jobseekers/programmesandservices/DG_198864

Its primarily designed for loan and finance, but also offers a very good mentoring. New Enterprise Allowance is great for connections too, and they support you for 6 months from your sign up day.

New Enterprise Allowance ……………… what is it?

  • Support and advice to help prepare for self-employment
  • Support for at least the first six months of trading
  • An allowance paid for the first 26 weeks of business, to help support you during your business start up. At these times your earnings could rise and fall
  • Loan of up to £1,000

The allowance and the loan are not taken into account when working out these benefits

  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Tax credits
  • Income Tax

New Enterprise Allowance …………….Get The Ball Rolling

If you are interested in taking part in The New Enterprise Allowance then please talk to your Jobcentre they will explain everything and put your mind at ease:

Touching on these topics

  • How will the New Enterprise Allowance works?
  • Who will assess the business idea/Plan?
  • Who provides the practical support?
  • What do the adviser expect from me at the Jobcentre?
  • How much will I be paid?
  • About the loan – including where to apply for a small, affordable loan to help with start up costs
  • What will happen when the allowance ends

If they think your idea is viable then they will direct you to a funding option, usually in the form of a low interest loan.

I have had a Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) low interest loan (Impetus Marches,Shropshire very nice people) These specialists will go over your business plan with a fine tooth comb and either grant you the funds or point you in the right direction of a mentor so you can get to where you want to be. You will also be assigned a mentor if you get the funding so again a win win situation  (loan)

For more information please contact Jobcentre Plus on 08456 060 234

Eligibility: 

To meet the criteria you have to be over 18 years of age and one of the following:

  • In receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance for at least six months, before entry to the Work Programme
  • Your Business Idea has been looked at and it’s a cracker  ;D
  • You live in an area where The New Enterprise Allowance is available

Good luck guys hope this helps x x x

See you soon

Laters x

Mentoring Networks What A Fantastic Idea For Support

I’ve just come across a fantastic idea and it’s full of support, knowledge & connections. But the best bit is that it’s FREE. Now who can argue with that?

It offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations right across Britain. It has a really easy to use search facility, which allows businesses to search out particular requirements to suit their needs; depending on what stage their business is at. Also you can refine the search to a specific district, which I found extremely helpful.

WHO ARE THEY I HEAR YOU CRY ><

Well it’s a fairly new initiative only active for the past two years, Drum roll please…………………

www.mentorsme.co.uk

They are full of expert help and advice that’s invaluable to any business and could lead to funding options too. And it’s organised by the BBA (British Bankers Association)

Now I know full well if I had realised that this support was their I would possibly be in a better position, Hence why I am dedicating time to share this with you x

It’s a proven fact that businesses that seek advice and mentoring have a better change of survival and success. Mentors are very a godsend during those first few months of trading (the most uncertain).  A mentor not only has a number of skills from his own experience but a long line of contact and skills that will benefit you greatly.

Some times even the smallest decision can have a dramatic effect on our ventures so to have a mentor is very important. It’s also a piece of mind…. I like to think of them as a kind of guardian in a way. Whether its funding for a business start up or employing people for the first time a mentor will be bale to assist where others can’t. Sometimes that second opinion is all it takes to make a life changing decision that is absolutely amazing and if its achieved with a mentor you know you are on the right path x

The best bit at the end of your journey, You too will be ready to become a mentor and pass on those all important skills because that’s what it’s a bout networking and support. Its only a dog eat dog world if we make it that way.

Mentorsme.co.uk is the only one stop shop in the UK that covers the whole nation. It’s never been easier so please give it a try. Contact them and they will put you in touch with a mentoring organisation in your area that will then lead you to great things. This your chance to access a network of thousand of experienced mentors with a range of backgrounds and the service can be free or there is also a paid version depending on how much help you need.

To find a mentor, all you need to do is:

  • log on to www.mentorsme.co.uk
  • enter your criteria into the search facility to identify the most suitable mentoring organisations for your needs
  • look at the profiles of participating mentoring organisations and decide who you want to contact

Types of Business

Private company

Public limited company

Partnership

Social enterprise

Charity

Business Sector:

Agriculture

Business and Finance

Construction

Education

Health

Hospitality and Catering

Information, Communication and Media

Manufacturing

Mining

Real Estate

Science and Technology

Service Industries

Transport and Distribution

Travel and Leisure

Utilities

Wholesale and Retail

Nation: 

England

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Wales

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

Yes real business Angels, not rip off money grabbing convention hosting con artists :)

Hi All,

Have you ever felt like everywhere you turn when looking for funding, it’s very similar to a house loan?
Do you get bombarded with emails or phone calls from brokers? ………………… Or that’s all you seem to come across on the net when looking for funding.
Me too Grrrrrrrrr

They only want you to pay a ridiculous fee; apparently this enables them to match you with an investor. Half the time I read reviews on these things and the poor entrepreneurs money has just been taken and they hear nothing back. So be warned, Please do you homework my friends as this piece of advice is priceless whereas not doing it could cost you everything.
Companies that ask a fee before anything could have a string of what I call ‘phantom investors’ on their books. Or on the other hand the fee is so high to join (several thousands) that it doesn’t make sense because if I had that kind of money I would be investing straight back into my company, Wouldn’t you?
Does this all sound familiar?

Yep again me too…………………..So Because I am so cautious at finding organisations for funding options when I find a good one I will share with you x x
Once bitten twice shy and all although my problem was my programmers liquidating and taking everything
I have found a fantastic bunch of investors that will not rob or prevent you from reaching your dreams.

http://zerostartventures.com/index.htm

02031 784005

No more ……………….. Broker types………………………..Straight to the Angels x

How it should be done x

Hope it helps I’m going to give it a whirl if there is no options from Dee my area business adviser

Good luck all x x x

I have also found another option too. A company similar to Impetus Marches (my original funders) these type of low interest rate loan companies are usually heavily funded by the EU. They are designed to inject money into small business ventures that they believe will work. 

They are great for people who can’t find funding anywhere else. They are low interest and usually come with support and a great supply of contacts. If you live in the Wiltshire area and you have tried your bank, council even exhausted the option of grants….

Then these guys are for you x

South West Investment Group Services Ltd

(01872) 223 883

Registered Office: Lowena House, Glenthorne Court, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 9NY

Registered in England No: 2688108

www.southwestinvestmentgroup.co.uk

If you live in a different area and want help with finding something similar. Then drop me a message I will help you find something. 

Were in this together x

 

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