New business. Global pandemic. Lessons learnt.
Around 150 meetings, 3,500 miles travelled (pre-lockdown of course) and more than 150 Zoom or Microsoft Teams calls.
That’s what the first year in business has looked like. Beyond the statistics, one thing we certainly hadn’t banked on was a global pandemic…..
What about the experience itself? What have I learnt personally and — for others going it alone even in these strange times — what’s the best advice?
Stand out learning
My stand-out learning has been to believe in myself: it’s amazing what you can achieve when you push your own limits.
My main concern was how I would find work. And I surprised myself by how much I actually enjoyed networking and business development, when that was the area I was least sure of at the beginning.
I joined a networking group, and it’s snowballed since then. I’ve been lucky too to have had plenty of referrals from business contacts and clients.
And when lockdown hit, again I was lucky. I had everything I needed in my home office and was fortunate enough to specialise in a discipline that’s ideally suited to remote working.
So it remains to be seen how what the national and global economies look like over the medium to long term, but one thing’s for sure, entrepreneurship and innovation have rarely been more important — and start-ups have a crucial role in that regard.
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