Essential Advice for Business Startups (Audio)

CVP.s0103 Essential Business Startup Advice
Some essential advice for anyone staring a business or social enterprise

Starts with a quick mention of the recent Business Startup exhibition in Londons and the interviews to be played in the next broadcast with exhibitors and entrepreneurs including Levi Roots of dragons Den fame with his Reggae Reggae Sauce.

Also looks forward to the new series of Podcasting for Business events being launched next month (
Essential business startup tips include?

Testing and Research
Developing the Business Plan, and
Hitting the Ground Running

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Fundraising Events, Aren’t They Just Wonderful?

Imagine this. You organise some abasailing down the tallest building in your town or city (or village) as a charity stunt. The owners of the building not only give permission but cover the cost and encourage some of their own staff to take part. A good start.

You charge participants a big fee to take part and you insist that they also get additional sponsorship which you will help them with. It’s getting better but we’re not done yet.

You involve the press who run with the story weeks before the jump which gives you additional absailors (all paying to take part), more sponsorship options and so donations begin to flood in. Not only that but it ensures a crowd on the day who will also be asked to donate. The local radio interviews participants prior to the event who all explain their selfless reasons for wanting to absail down this building. More enquiries, more donations and the TV station hasn’t even showed up yet. Of course you ensure that all absailors will be given a certificate to be awarded at a fundraising auction or dinner to be held, coincidentally, one week after this event and which you unashamedly plug at every opportunity, making use of this extended press coverage

You ensure that all sponsorship forms are gift aid proofed meaning an extra 28p or so, for perhaps the majority of donations which you can claim from the government.

That’s what’s great about fundraising events, every step of the way is a fundraising event in itself. The venue, things to auction, catering, entertainment, cash collectors etc. Nothing should be paid for, you get everything covered through donations and sponsorship long before the event starts. That is the secret of a successful fundraising event, it should cost you absolutely nothing.

A New Year Treat

    2011 is now upon us
    So let’s make a success of the year
    I wish you success for all your projects and endeavours
    So some advice you must now hear

    To start I will quote from Rudyard Kipling
    He said it so very well
    As soon as I heard it, I got immediately thinking
    This advice to you all I must tell

    “I keep six honest serving men
    (They taught me all I knew)
    Their names are what and why and when
    And where and how and who.”

    So these are the questions you must answer
    When making the business plan
    These are the things that if explained correctly
    Potential funders will readily understand

    Also, building a team is absolutely essential
    Don’t be tempted to go it alone
    One-man projects rarely reach their potential
    And stay in the twilight zone

    Here at DMC we do lots of training
    And for you we’ll always go that extra mile
    So we advise you to spend some time in 2008
    Building your corporate profile

    I mean fax numbers, phone numbers, web and email
    As well as, how your phone gets answered
    I mean office address and dealing with mail
    To avoid embarrassing disasters

    So I wish you a happy and prosperous new year
    That brings you a wealth beyond just money
    So my cryptic wish for those with an ear
    Is that you get both the milk and also the honey