Advice to entrepreneurs, from entrepreneurs - what it's really like to start a business

As part of our series exploring the world of entrepreneurship, we spoke to six business owners about their experiences of creating a business culture and planning for the future.

We’ve been speaking to entrepreneurs at various stages of their journeys, and have compiled their advice and experiences in full here. If you’re short on time (the full story should take five minutes to read), read on for a quick roundup.

Everyone has their own story to tell, hopes, fears and dreams, when it comes
to running a business. In this blog, we explore all the things we’ve learned from our entrepreneurs over the weeks.

It’s rewarding to be part of your own destiny. Entrepreneurs hold themselves to very high standards and work hard to make their visions a reality, but there is freedom in being in the driver’s seat.

It’s okay to make mistakes. Our entrepreneurs have made mistakes,
but it’s not the mistakes that matter, it’s how you learn from them.

Taking the first leap can be scary. You’ll never be ready for it, no matter how prepared you think you are.

Make the most of support at the early stage of a business.
In our entrepreneurs’ experience, support can be difficult to come by during the scale up stages of a business.

Create a culture of innovation. For our business leaders, it is vital to create a culture where boundaries can be pushed. This spurs you on to do more, and be better.

Our entrepreneurs have been full of wisdom, but this piece of advice is our favourite…

“When starting out, you don’t have to see the whole staircase,
just the first step.”

We’re very lucky to work with people who own, run and manage their own businesses. They are an inspiration to us, other businesses, as well as their staff and families. We have years of experience working with entrepreneurs,
so whatever stage you are at on your entrepreneurial journey and think
we might be able to help, we’d love for you to get in touch.


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