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

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

The Rewards Of Motherhood For Me

The Rewards Of Motherhood For Me

When you open your eyes and look down at your tiny bundle. The overwhelming feeling you get inside knocks you for six. This tiny, tiny baby is now the center of your universe, your everything.

You are now in charge of helping another human reach his or hers full potential in life.

How exciting
Here’s a sneak peek into my families life, why they make me smile and how they are the driving force behind my passion to make Genie work.

Your house filled with laughter on a dark wet autumn day,
The warm cosy cuddles reading about princes and princesses at play,

Hysterical questions that nearly make you crash the car 🙂
Or the very sweet quality of not wanting Mummy to go far,

The needing ‘Mummy Doctor to come quick, quick, quick,
And being the on call medic when everyone is sick, sick, sick,

My reward is ‘I love you Mummy’ shouted at the top of her lungs,
Or ‘Mum listen to this’ CRASH, BANG, WALLOP when he demos on his drums 🙂

They have taught me patience, love and even remind me to have fun,
My dream job was just this, ‘becoming a Mum x,

My dreams, my wishes, my loves, all that I AM,
My Rowan, My Briar, My Willow, My Heather,

And of course my Husband Taran x x x

 

Jessica McCarnun

No Essex “Boss” Will Get The Better Of Me :P

I first realised that I needed to contribute financially to my household when I became aware of the increasing pressure that was being placed upon my husband. This was due to the mounting costs of living and lack of people spending in his particular area of business.

The problem was after receiving many knock backs from would be employers because of my health complications; it became apparent that there was no way any employer would risk taking me on, as my health quite regularly takes a nose-dive for prolonged periods of time. After another “No thanks” from a would be boss, I decided it was “TIME TO TAKE MATTERS INTO MY OWN HANDS X X”

Late that night, when I was unable to sleep for the pain of my condition, combined with care for my disabled son, I had a moment of clarity. It was then that I hatched a radical plan that would not only be able to help my family, but I would be able to extend that help out to the wider community… right across Great Britain.

Well we received £7500 in the form of a business loan (low interest) from an organisation called Impetus Marches, in Shropshire (very nice people). They awarded the loan after revising my business plan and agreed that it was a fantastic venture and they would be proud to be a part of it.

That money was enough to buy a laptop, pay for the website and a bit of advertising. Not bad for a girl with no formal qualifications under her belt hey 😉

I searched for days looking for the best programmers my money could buy and just by chance I found Quantum Web Solutions, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. A fantastic bunch with an impressive portfolio including some work, which they had collaborated with the Dragons Dens business enterprise (an example being http://www.thepresentclub.co.uk). With sucha great pedigree, I thought “What could go wrong?”

Oh Jesus…..

Hindsight is always 20/20!

I should have figured that something wasn’t right when my first designer walked away from the company. I thought this could be a problem.

Then the second designer I was allocated walked out and left.
I KNEW there was a problem!

Quantum kept assuring me that everything was fine they were just having a staff overhaul………

But my gut instinct said otherwise. My Nan and my Dad (who died when I was 7) were very wise and strong people. My Dad a grafter and my Nan was a fantastic judge of character and this whole situation suddenly smelt very, very fishy. They would have spotted it a mile away and if I didn’t have their qualities I wouldn’t have realised what was happening to me and maybe even lost more of my hard won money.

So yet another night when I couldn’t sleep (shock horror) I decided to put into our friendly neighbourhood company into Google

‘Quantum Web In Financial Trouble’

OMG IMAGINE MY BLOODY HORROR L

All this information started to come up about how in fact they had liquidated not only once but also twice leaving some people in financial ruin………….NEARLY ME AND WHY???????

The knock on effect this has had on my family. Getting so close to my dream of becoming something wholly self-sufficient and that my children would be so proud of… and then have it all snatched away.

When I went down to the quantum offices the next day, they were shut… odd for the middle of the week. A few days later my husband also paid them a visit, and the offices were still shut and empty of all staff. After numerous failed emails (they kept bouncing) Quantum eventually replied, and when questioned on the recent goings on they denied it was a shady way of doing things??????

I am still fighting for a copy of my site that I paid for, but instead of doing that or answering my they are hiding behind emails and filtering them. Funny thing was, when I got my brother to pose as a new customer, they answered the email within half an hour!

I really should have known that the whole thing was a con and these people are pros at what they do because a few months later I was watching a episode of hustle and they explained that before a big business deal is sealed you usually find the owner claiming he has just completed another big venture and its going to make him very rich……………………….WHY DIDN’T I SPOT THIS AS IT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE OWNER SAID TO ME

They day I first met Quantum’s team I met THE BOSS YOU KNOW ‘THE BOSS’ ;P The way they introduced him I nearly wet myself but people with power and all. That’s why if I make it I will never forget my roots.

So after a dramatic pause in waltzes ‘THE BOSS’ and pretty soon he was boasting about sealing a big deal and becoming a partner with the company that makes the on-board black boxes for commercial aeroplanes.

If I could turn back time, I would go and visit myself, walk right up to me and slap myself with the biggest fish I could find. WHAT THE HELL WAS I DOING???????

But because they had been used on the Dragons Den and there portfolio was amazing and I was sneaky I checked all the source code of the actual sites to double check it was their work……..How could it go wrong.

Well it did they liquidated because ‘THE BOSS’ LMAO didn’t pay £700.000 in tax so he was forced onto liquidation by the HMRC.

But hey it’s ok they are doing something similar AGAIN but this time it’s not web design… it’s web hosting! so that’s obviously going to turn out fine, isn’t it 😉
All of this has taught me two things…….. be careful of whom you do business with and trust no one completely………It’s business not a friendship.

And the best remedy for Hitting rock bottom is getting back up and starting again. Just like my son does if he can do it I can x x

So now you know my dream and some of the ins and outs of Genie. But how am I going to get there?
Well, several different organisations have looked at my idea and agreed it will work

All I have to do is find the funding again but in the form of a grant.

The help is out there, I just need to stay positive and by writing this blog and telling everyone what I am doing will hopefully help others if I am successful. Or they will at least learn not to trust Essex guys with fat belly’s and dodgy laughs (THE BOSS) lol

So tomorrow I have several numbers to contact regarding funding I will post these numbers up and rate how helpful they were to me and whether they may help you x