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New year, new business?

There's no time like the new year to get moving with a new project. Got a side hustle that you want to turn into a profitable business?

Got a business idea but not sure where to start? Worried that you don’t have the business skills to get your idea up and running. Here’s how Outset Cornwall can help you to take 2021 in a new and profitable direction.

2021 is a great time to start a new business!

With hard times, comes opportunity, for those brave enough to take the first step. The market has shifted with new buying trends but it hasn’t disappeared. E-commerce has grown in the wake of Covid-19, with some estimating that it has increased by 40%.

With more people leaving their previous jobs, there is also more opportunity to recruit a talented and knowledgeable, but also flexible, workforce. Actually, in a recession there is always opportunity for the bravest ideas (after all, both AirBnB and Uber both grew out of the 2007-9 Global Financial Crisis) and for new ideas to re-shape our economy and how we do business.

But? Even those with the best ideas don’t always know where to start.

Do any of these worries sound familiar?

  • Is there the audience / demand for my idea?
  • Tax / legal / accounting – where to begin and how to get started?
  • Are there any funding options?
  • I need a business plan – but I’ve no idea how to write one.
  • I don’t have much business knowledge
  • All these new business words – I don’t understand them.
  • How do I prepare for the unknowns?
  • How do I set things up and then keep on top of everything?
  • My confidence is fading
  • I don’t know how to use business related technology.

There are answers and support to all of these worries! We spoke to expert business advisors, Outset Cornwall, who can help alleviate these perfectly normal and natural concerns. Outset run regular online Information Sessions where you can meet your local adviser and talk through all of your concerns.

After chatting to Outset, we then joined one of the Information Sessions to see what it was all about. Led by one of their super-friendly and knowledgeable client engagement managers, the whole sesh was on Zoom (totally free, just download the app to your phone or laptop) and laid-back.

All the participants immediately found they were not alone with their worries, and often, having the idea or the skills to produce a product or service is the unique bit, the worries about business know-how can be supported and taught.

You can then move onto to attending their programme of Start Your Business sessions which takes you step by step through a series of eight sessions which addresses the concerns above.

Why not take all your valuable skills you’ve learnt and build something for yourself?

Outset Cornwall has provided support to entrepreneurs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly since 2009 and helped over 840 businesses get off the ground. Outset Cornwall is currently running its award-winning start-up programme of specialist workshops and 1:1 coaching online and it is completely free to residents of Cornwall.

The Outset Cornwall programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, HM Government and the Outset Foundation, supporting people in going self-employed and starting up their own business.

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