So here we are with another Saturday freelancer chat. Do get in touch via email or the contact form if you’d like to take part – I have a few stacked up but I’d like to publish a year’s worth! You don’t need to be a single, work-at-home freelancer – you could have set up your own company, employ people or work with a partner. People previously featured have seen click-throughs to their websites, so it’s worth giving it a go! Readers – if you’re not a small business owner yourself, maybe you know someone who is who might benefit from the exposure.
Anyway, here we have Nigel Grant visiting us from More Profit For You. Nigel provides management consultancy services for SMEs (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) in London and the South East. He’s recently rebranded and relaunched, so SME Partner is now called More Profit For You. Nigel contacted me via the 4N networking organisation, and indeed praises the power of networking in helping him build his business (obviously other networking organisations exist – 4N just happens to be one I belong to. People from other networking organisations will be featured in due course!)
What’s your business called? When did you set it up?
I’ve recently relaunched as ‘More Profit For You Ltd’, set up in April 2011.
What made you decide to set up your own business?
I was laid off from work and believe that in the current market I am unlikely to find suitable employment, simply due to my age.
What made you decide to go into this particular business area?
I would be able to use the skills and expertise I already had.
Had you run your own business before?
No, but I had assisted others in their start-ups.
How did you do it? Did you launch full-time, start off with a part-time or full-time job to keep you going … ?
Grabbed the bull by the horns – full-time. Signed up for various support programmes, joined 4N, published articles – the story continues …
What do you wish someone had told you before you started?
Be cautious in what you sign up for! There are plenty of people in 4N willing to give advice and they can often be more available.
What would you go back and tell your newly entrepreneurial self?
This is how to use social media!
What do you wish you’d done differently?
What are you glad you did?
Joined a networking organisation.
What’s your top business tip?
How has it gone since you started? Have you grown, diversified or stayed the same?
We’ve won our first major client and are already making a big difference to their business. Our website has now been launched – and we’ve produced a free booklet – so all systems go!
Where do you see yourself and your business in a year’s time?
Small local business outsourcing some work whilst retaining involvement with clients myself.
To contact Nigel, especially if you’re a small business in the South East of England which needs a part-time Finance Director and strategic business support, go to his website, email him or call him on 0208 549 8790 or 07801 624 865.