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

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

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

We’ll Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends X

Time to find more help for you x 

Over the next 24 Hours I will be uploading as much information to help you guys with your business start up.

Why?

Because I don’t want the same thing to happen to you as it did to me with regards the whole Quantum fiasco.

If there’s anything that you’re unsure about, please don’t hesitate to contact me by private message and I will endeavour to help you anyway I can.

If more people offered simple help and support to one another then the world will be a brighter place. That’s why GenieHomeSwap has a discount card attached to it and a homeless fund at no cost to the users. Genie is all about the customers and that’s how business should be.

I hope my advice helps you x 

Let me now how you get on x

Love to all x x

 

Honesty Is The Best Policy

The funny thing is people wouldn’t have suspected a thing if they hadn’t cut off communication like that and fled in the evening with all their furniture. I have emails of lie after lie and major contradictions about what was happening. All they had to be was honest.

That’s if they were genuine???? but who can blame the 700+  for thinking they weren’t when this is how we all have been treated. Then there is the fact that quite a few of the managers have had companies that have liquidations attached to their names….several, also not good…………..

So many peoples businesses and homes under threat when times are already tough and they can just set up again.

I have found this hard because we were connected in the personal world too so it changes the dynamics a bit. They knew about my brain damaged son and my health. When I purchased my site there was no way they could deliver and they knew that……………..Unless they were in complete denial

I really hope 700+  make it and find another hosting provider and technical help.

As for me? well only time will tell and a lot of work, health permitting.

I know one thing,  that’s for sure…………..When I make  promises to  customers I will move heaven and earth to keep them.  If there’s ever a problem I will go straight to my client and advise them if it cant be resolved within Genie.  Communication is key in business and I will never forget it’s all about the customer, That’s what matters to me and to the majority of business owners.

Without them we would be nothing, People forget that

I just hope that someone someday will have the same faith in Genie as I do

My meeting is on the 17th fingers crossed x x x

Love to all x x

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