I left college in 2009 and became one of the 936,000 young people who were unemployed in the UK. I have always been the type of person who wanted a job that helps other people in some way – then it wouldn’t feel so much like work and I would know I was doing something worthwhile.
I started to research how to start a business and what you need to know to begin but the amount of different information I found on the internet was impossible to take in – if you Google “How to Write a Business Plan” did you know more than 20 million results come up?! What a nightmare!
I thought to myself if I am having problems then surely other young people are too so why not create a solution? I saw a gap in the market for an easy online programme that could help me learn the basic entrepreneurial and personal development skills I needed to start and somewhere I could get ideas from!
The best place to start creating something interesting, motivational and inspirational I thought was to ask successful people how they did it because at the end of the day the best way to learn is from people who have been there and done it and who already have the experience and knowledge.
I contacted some of the top business people in the country who agreed to let me interview them and ask questions from a young person’s point of view. Who cares about economic growth strategy in China?
Us young Entrepreneurs want to know the nitty gritty real life stuff – how successful people became successful, what their advice is, how to get funding and how to never give up when things get tough!
People like Mike Clare the founder of Dreams the country’s leading bed specialist, Julie Meyer BBC2’s Dragon on Dragons’ Den Online, Charlie Mullins from Pimlico Plumbers and Adam Balon co-founder of innocent are a few of the people I have been privileged enough to have met and interviewed and who have shared their stories for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Our Millionaire and Expert Mentor interviews have been integrated into our programme The 12 Steps to Success covering lots of the skills I think you need to have to not only run your own business but also life skills you should have anyway so you can be successful in everything you do all day long.
Young people are starting businesses as a result of the programme and this is exactly what we aim to do – create businesses!
Until next time feel free to check out our website www.youngentrepreneursociety.org.uk
To the future!