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Altosaxman aged 64
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Male , 64

I was introduced to Horsesmouth through Prime. In my mid 50's, I've been married 30 years with 2 adult children. Been working since leaving school at 18 & spent 10 years as a director of a company with 1000 employees before redundancy struck.

Started my own business and have been successfully self employed for 10 years, having sold one business and started another, this time with a partner.

Looking to have a little more spare time to play a bit more golf, learn the Sax, and hopefully help a few people as well.

Life experiences

Starting a new business

Having a clear idea about what you can do, how you can do it and what you need to do to make it a success is essential. Ensuring that your significant others understand what is involved is also important as they need to know how they can help - not necessarily by working in the business but by giving you the right support

Growing your business

Do you take on employees with the associated costs and benefits or are there other ways of obtaining resource? I chose the latter option and it worked for me, which doesn't make it right for everyone. But having a number of external business partners was a major factor in the success of my first business - some have become friends and most are long term business associates. But choose carefully! Apart from people my single biggest learning was that cash flow is vital - lack of funds has bought large businesses to their knees so I was keen to make sure it didn't happen to me.

Business networking

Marketing can be an expensive game for a small or embryonic business. Unless you have a pure online business which relies totally on new online customers then networking may be one of your best options. I know people who have even made a business out of networking. So working out how and where to network and what you want to get from it, and most importantly what you might give in return is a key area of growing your business.

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

I spent several years mentoring graduates while a company director. This was generally most rewarding - seeing people develop their skills and move through the organisation was great. It also showed me how I might have benefited from having a mentor during my career. Horsesmouth gives me an opportunity to do this again, this time with a different group of people. When I was made redundant I had considerable support from an outplacement firm and I know that it helped me through what was initially a difficult period. Helping people work out how they might set up a new business or use their skills effectively is something I have enjoyed in the past and now I have some spare time to devote to it.

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