Starting up a business

Sometimes it takes circumstances beyond our control – like the current climate – to force our hand into making that all-important leap into the unknown. Whether you are pursuing your dream for the first time, or picking yourself up and starting again, it’s nice to know that you aren’t alone. 

There is extensive help and support available through our partner Business Link and their new campaign ‘Real Help for Business Now’. And amongst the Business and Enteprise mentors on horsesmouth there will be someone who knows what you need. Just as importantly, there’s someone who needs what you know…


Get informed

Whether you are just beginning to craft your ideas or have made more structured plans, Business Link will have the information you need to take your dreams of success to the next level. Their site has everything you need, from details on how to set up a company name and trademark to finding out about VAT registration. Browse their site to find what you need.

Get inspired

Success stories can help inspire you to do things you never thought possible and horsesmouth is full of them.  Take ‘Marbles’, aged 36, who went from aspiring bedroom musician, to playing Glastonbury, setting up a record label and having a top 30 hit in just three years. These were, he says, “all wild dreams that I had previously written down on a piece of paper three years earlier.” Which begs the question: what are you going to write on yours?


Set goals

There’s plenty of help on offer for setting goals and exploring new business ideas both from our partner mentors like Make your Mark and Everywoman, in addition to our existing horsesmouth mentors like ‘Execcoach’, who stresses the need for simplicity, vision, and effective goal setting.

Our partner Prince's Trust offer practical advice with their guides to writing a business plan and a starting a business. And Business and Enterprise mentors on horsesmouth can then help guide you through the process.


Find the information you need

When you’re starting out, a thirst for knowledge and a hunger for information are essential. When this knowledge comes from experts and they’re passing it on for free, it tastes even better, as one mentee confirms:


“It’s brilliant because I’m sure had I not spoken to this person, I could quite easily have spent a huge amount of money trying to find out the information I actually got from this man for free, it’s absolutely wonderful!”


Whatever practical advice you need to help you start your business, you can find it on horsesmouth – from applying for funding  and business planning (see ‘Ava) to PR advice (see ‘hannahb’). 


As new rule books are being written, there’s no better time to get out that piece of paper, and, to quote a book recommended by ‘SilentShe: “just make a mark and see where it leads.


Join up

If you're looking for information or inspiration spend some time browsing the site and reading mentor profiles and stories. Try a few different search terms to find a range of mentors relevant to you. Then if you would like to connect with someone on horsesmouth, whether for specific information or just to help you see things more clearly, then join the site today.

Or if you're already mentoring on business at horsesmouth you can apply to claim a campaign badge and make yourself more visible to our community as a business mentor.


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