Welcome to the Business Start-ups Topic!

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HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Nov-12 14:42:28

Hello.

We have created this new discussion topic for those of you who have just started, or are thinking of starting, a new business.

The board itself is supported by Barclays but is very much inspired by Talk threads on all aspects of business that made us realise that many of you would welcome a dedicated space where you can discuss business and share your views. We'll be moving some of those threads to this topic over the next few days.

So, welcome! We hope you'll use this topic to swap all manner of advice, info and tips.

Hi clare, have you thought about arranging to give a quick talk to mother and baby groups? I think if someone came up to me and offered to organise my home I would jump down at the chance! If I had the money to of course smile
I too am waiting for someone to place an order with my website, I've only been up and selling for 2 weeks though so I shouldnt moan too much, I dont even know if my site is showing on google when you put the key words in!!

ClareMarriott Tue 20-Nov-12 12:05:22

hi I set up my decluttering company 6 months ago and although I have done work for clients , have a website, belong to the professional body and advertise myself as much as I can, I would be interested in learning more ways of actually getting people to part with their money! Thanks

sausagerolemodel Tue 20-Nov-12 00:28:54

Oh dear. I award myself a biscuit. It was late, I was tired - I didn't intend for that to sound like quite such a rant. But thanks for the response MN and Barclays.

NewKateMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 19-Nov-12 12:02:32

sausagerolemodel

Seeing as Barclays are watching, I would like to tell them that their centralised business support (seminars, online resources) are good but my experience at branch level as been dire. Enquiring about an overdraft I was told by my "business support manager" I would need a profit and loss forecast. I hadnt done one before and asked if she could help with a template or similar. She said I "should maybe google it".

She also recommended that I apply for the credit card online, incurring charge of £96 for the privelege (because start ups can't afford to throw away a hundred quid and it was hidden in the small print). When I called to cancel it having realised this, discovered she had access to an "in branch" waiver of the fee she could have used. I was in her office when she told me to apply online!

She clearly has no real idea of the day to day practicalities of starting a small business and Barclays could do with having better trained people in these positions that at least can point you to the online resources if they don't know the stuff themselves.

We've been in touch with Barclays for you and they've asked us to post up the following response:

"We're sorry to hear that you have had a bad experience. Please contact Barclays direct at wr@barclays.com with your full name and postcode and they will be happy to look into this for you."

sausagerolemodel Mon 19-Nov-12 02:10:49

Seeing as Barclays are watching, I would like to tell them that their centralised business support (seminars, online resources) are good but my experience at branch level as been dire. Enquiring about an overdraft I was told by my "business support manager" I would need a profit and loss forecast. I hadnt done one before and asked if she could help with a template or similar. She said I "should maybe google it".

She also recommended that I apply for the credit card online, incurring charge of £96 for the privelege (because start ups can't afford to throw away a hundred quid and it was hidden in the small print). When I called to cancel it having realised this, discovered she had access to an "in branch" waiver of the fee she could have used. I was in her office when she told me to apply online!

She clearly has no real idea of the day to day practicalities of starting a small business and Barclays could do with having better trained people in these positions that at least can point you to the online resources if they don't know the stuff themselves.

SuzanneC Thu 15-Nov-12 10:58:36

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TeamEdward Wed 14-Nov-12 22:06:42

PurlpleGeekyGirl - I think I'll start a new thread about EHO and small businesses on this topic, come and find me!

RumBaaBaa Wed 14-Nov-12 20:48:47

Thanks for the explanation HelenMN.

PurpleGeekyGirl Wed 14-Nov-12 20:27:19

teamedward Hi I'm another baker! What did you have to do re EHO registration? What did they look for when they visited? I haven't got to that stage yet and am scared by it, but I do have a basic food hygiene cert now smile

PurpleGeekyGirl Wed 14-Nov-12 20:25:44

bettythebuilder I shall do that! I think I just need more info about what the differences are, it's all so complicated when you're first starting out and whilst I get being a sole trader the idea of the Ltd side and being an employee/director with all the stuff that needs sorting is scary!!

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Nov-12 17:49:31

We're so pleased that folks are so enthusiastic about this topic - hurrah!

But please do remember that it's whole topic, not just one discussion thread.

Do feel free to venture out and start your own thread within this Business Start-ups topic: the more the merrier!

BigGiggles Wed 14-Nov-12 17:34:04

Hi
I've been working from home now for 2 years and it's hard! I keep thinking about washing up and tidying the house. i just can't seem to switch off. I'm sure that having an office is more constructive but it costs money!! sad

BigGiggles Wed 14-Nov-12 17:13:25

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This is what I love about MN, meeting people who you wouldnt normally come across in RL who are willing to help each other out. Its great!

Ooh, thank yougrin I wondered who my new "like" was.
I don't drive, but as long as you're vaguely near public transport I'm sure we can work something out.
I do framed personalised stories too, which I can post out, if people far away want the "Short Story Lady" experience.
<shameless plug>
Seriously, I love getting input on my stories and website from fresh eyes, as my friends are too nice to say if any of it is pants. I got some great website advice yesterday from a MNer on a FB entrepreneur group.
I got my first proper enquiry yesterday, from a group in Warrington, to do a Christmas party. I worded the reply in such a way that the assumption is that I'll be doing the gig unless they formally refuse. I wasn't that blatant about it, hope my cheek pays off and they don't just think I'm rude!

dizzydixies Wed 14-Nov-12 15:44:01

Although I DO have the twitter/FB page, a blog set up and the domain name that links back to the blog until I get the webpage set up. One Tax return in, another one almost finished and fingers crossed heading to an expansion this year.

I've found the banks to be less than helpful sad so getting all the books done by an accountant should hopefully seal a business plan and maybe some investment.

It's all rather terrifying isn't it.

dizzydixies Wed 14-Nov-12 15:40:16

Can I join in too please?? Been in business for 2yrs but very much on a part time/no clue basis!!!

Can I just say "short story lady" I have liked you and shared you as I have some family in your neck of the woods smile I'll make sure I keep putting you up on my page too and hopefully you'll get some work this way. How far do you travel, I live about an hour and half away but I know when I was looking for dd's party in May there arent any story tellers around here.....or if there are they are keeping themselves well hidden!!

INESSENCEcoachALEX Wed 14-Nov-12 14:28:00

I'm SO EXCITED about this discussion topic. I'm really excited about learning from everyone's experiences and sharing my own, too. (I have been running a coaching business for almost two years now).

I'm especially interested in Mums' experiences successfully growing and managing businesses they are passionate about WHILE ALSO building mindful connections with their kids. Anyone want to talk about this? Challenges? Tips?

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Nov-12 14:19:10

RumBaaBaa

MNHQ could you explain a little more about what 'supported by Barclays' actually means?

What is their involvement with the forum? Can they claim ownership of any of the content here for their own usage?

Yes, of course, RumBaaBaa.

This board is supported by Barclays but it works in the same way as any other MN Talk topic, in that you folks start the threads and you folks make the posts.

As part of their partnership with us, Barclays do have, on the top of each thread, a promotional link to their (rather excellently useful) Mumsnet 'hub', which is full of great content about starting and expanding your own business.

Barclays will also be peeking at the discussions started in this topic from time to time, to see what sort of things you're discussing and what issues interest you most. This will help them make the new info they add to their hub more accurately reflect the kind of business advice you're looking for. They may also occasionally use the odd (non-identifiable) quote from a thread in their hub content, to give it a nice Mumsnetty dash of flavour.

It's also worth saying that Barclays are always keen to hear from you what kind of info you'd like to see featured on their hub. Do please use this thread to post your suggestions and ideas.

RumBaaBaa Wed 14-Nov-12 12:54:10

MNHQ could you explain a little more about what 'supported by Barclays' actually means?

What is their involvement with the forum? Can they claim ownership of any of the content here for their own usage?

pombal Wed 14-Nov-12 11:47:46

Hello, I'm in business in the Eurozone, but have had a Uk business in the past as well. I found that keeping accounts on spreadsheets got very time consuming and messy. Am I allowed to mention the name of the product I used to keep it all under control????

BabylonPI Wed 14-Nov-12 11:46:46

Wish me luck obviously, not ouch blush

BabylonPI Wed 14-Nov-12 11:46:18

I too am in the process of setting up my own business.

It's a bit scary as DH went self employed just a year ago, and I am on ML - but this is one of the reasons for setting up on my own.

I actually can't afford to go back to work as anything I earn would be paid straight out in childcare. So therefore I'm setting up something I can do from home, which will hopefully be conducive to family life and profitable at the same time.

My BIL gave me the gem of an idea as a friend of his has done exactly the same and is apparently raking in cash hand over fist!! I've got no expectations, but it is some thing I would be good at as my organisational skills are pretty good.

I'm setting up a letting agency. I already have my first two clients, I just need to get on the course to get my papers/license ASAP.
DH is in property maintenance so the two will hopefully go nicely hand in hand and work for each other IYSWIM.

it is scary though, I have literally nothing to invest so everything will be done word of mouth/on a shoe string to start with - I'm very fortunate that I have a beautiful office premise available at my disposal at my parents house, and this is where my suits ones will be licensed too as they already have a licence to trade for their property.

Wish me ouch, I'll let you know how it goes!!!

ChippingInLovesAutumn Wed 14-Nov-12 08:11:00

Helen That sounds like a great plan thanks

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