Back in the day (okay, like 18 months ago), the team at Startacus held regular 9-5 jobs. However although we were content in our careers, we still used to come up with some great ideas for new and creative projects that unfortunately all eventually fell by the wayside, and never evolved from simply being great ideas in our heads.
We often wondered if perhaps one of those great ideas, really could have gone on to be something. However, we were like most people in regular jobs, who for the most part don’t like taking risks, or raising their heads above the parapet of employment to consider becoming self employed, or actually doing something with ‘that great big idea’. For us though, everything changed, when redundancy struck...
Redundancy was the impetus that we needed. Until that point we were probably making excuses about why we didn’t act on those ideas, like many people tend to do. The reality is though that there really are only a few credible and valid excuses for not doing something.
So, with this in mind we are always interested to hear about people who are out there, trying to encourage people to act on their ideas, and who are trying to make a difference. Emma Jones is one such person and is a well known entrepreneur, having been instrumental in the setup of both Enterprise Nation and Startup Britain.
Emma is currently running Startup Workshops in IKEA stores throughout London with the aim of inspiring and encouraging other people to do their own thing. So, if you’re London based, are tired of the 9-5 and perhaps finding it hard to work out all the things you would need to do to ‘start that business’ or ‘take that idea’ and make it a reality, it may be worth your while getting along to one of Emma’s Startup Workshops - and since they’re being held at the handy time of 7pm - 9pm, you’ve probably got no excuse not to!
Emma’s previous initiative ‘StartUp Saturday’ was well acclaimed and helped make a real difference to many; so this latest project ought to certainly be worth a look if you need a little information, motivation and guidance to get that big idea or startup concept really going.
The workshops are running from the 5th Feb through to 25th June and tickets cost £20 and the major startup themes below are covered:
How to uncover your BIG Idea and research the market
5 points to include in a business plan
The must-do’s – register the company and protect your brand
Straight forward finance and easy budgeting techniques
Set-up tips on office tech, furnishings & fashion!
All things web – building a home online
Simple sales roadmap and cold-calling made easy
Make some noise! Successful marketing on a budget
5 essential social media tools and how to make the most of them
Team work – how to grow the business without outgrowing the home
WorkshopIKEA Wembley Feb – June 2013 Tickets cost £20 - book here
Workshop IKEA Croydon Feb – June 2013 Tickets cost £20 - book here
Workshop IKEA Lakeside March – June 2013 Tickets cost £20 - book here
Workshop IKEA Tottenham March – June 2013 Tickets cost £20 - book here
We hope that these workshops are a real success and that Emma goes on to encourage more potential self starters, whether they are working 9-5 or not, to start that thing that they love and take those ideas and make them into real business realities.