Philippa Seal is a professional business support provider to entrepreneurs, micro and small businesses. She is also a working mother. She directed a B2B advertising agency for 5 years. She then took 10 years out of her professional career to raise her family. She is now building her second career.She offers her support via UCL Advances and Stairs And Shares. We felt her experience, knowledge base and journey would be useful to the rest of us.
Over the last 5 years, we have supported 1,000 entrepreneurs. It sounds a lot. Yet, when you look at the processes we use, the way we organise resources, it does not seem like much. This blog is about simple ways of organising business support for entrepreneurs.
Independent Professionals have a tough time establishing ourselves in the market. We suffer from lack of resources. Not just financial ones, but the ones the financial resources pay for. For instance, people. Here we get the short end of the stick.
The hard work for entrepreneurs is confronting the massive uncertainty of how to scale. Successful entrepreneurs must understand what they do not know. Then connect with someone who does. External experts can help. Yet, choosing one or two who are a good fit for your particular situation can be difficult. This blog gives clarity on this.
I remember setting up my own business for the first time during the dot-com days. We were 4 co-founders. We all had day jobs. We all gave it 6 months to try out - a year later we were still there ! We all had business experience. We were all graduates. Yet, when it came to sourcing professional support we struggled. We were unsure what the investors were looking for? We were unsure when to engage with an accountant or a lawyer. We weren’t even sure what to ask them ! At times, we were paying them good money to find we already knew the answer.