Entrepreneur Workshop with Hiscox
19th May 2015
This Sunday I went over to Manchester to attend an entrepreneur workshop with Hiscox and Joe Blogs.
I decided to attend because I think learning about entrepreneurship and running a business is valuable whether you are planning on starting your own business or not. It’s definitely something I have been considering, but I really wanted to find out more.
I managed to find my way to Victoria Warehouse, where the event was being held, and when I arrived there was free tea/coffee and pastries waiting for us bloggers.
We had nearly an hour before the event started just to chat with other bloggers, which is probably my favourite part of any blogging event. I usual I was super shy but I soon got talking to Suzy, Emma and Lily Kate. We then headed up to the boardroom in this gorgeous building for the workshop.
First of all we were given an introduction to the workshop by Anick from The Start Up Academy at Hiscox on what an entrepreneur is and why people want to start their own business. It was clear that the main drive for starting your own business is the desire to not be making money for someone else, and the freedom that comes with this.
Next up we had a talk from Helen Nugent who is a freelance journalist and radio presenter who started up a blog called Northern Soul. She spoke about her decision to leave her life in London doing a job that she no longer enjoyed doing, and moved back up to Manchester to set up her blog.
I felt so inspired by her story and I realised just how much work you need to put into to start up your own business. Helen also provided us with some really useful tips of networking, the importance of manners, and the need to have an up-to-date LinkedIn account. After Helen’s chat we took a break for lunch.
Following lunch, Anick returned to continue his talk about setting up a business. He talked about 3 year plans, the different types of funding that are available, legal details, the importance of sales and social networking. Before we left we were all given goodie bags from Hiscox, which was a nice gesture.
Overall I found the workshop really informative and super inspiring. On the train home I got my notebook out and started scribbling down ideas that had come to mind of the course of the day. Who knows, one day I may actually get my own business up and running (that isn’t just an Etsy store!). Watch this space!
(Apologies for not getting more pictures.)