Keeping it going profitably is an entirely different matter.
Start Your Own Business was formed in 2005 to help anyone running their own business or thinking of doing so. The aim then and is still today to provide a useful selection of FREE start-up resources and to highlight the support that is available in each area on a LOCAL basis.
As they say "you don't know what you don't know!"
Quite by accident, I discovered at an early age that it is possible to make money whilst doing something that you enjoy.
As a pupil at an all boys school, myself and a mate decided that we would run a school disco in the hope that we might meet some local girls! The event was planned with military precision (well, that's my story and I am sticking to it), it was a great success, and made a tidy profit. From that moment on (or probably long before that) my interest in academic work was replaced with the desire to enter the big wide world of enterprise.
The story from there includes some success but also one or two ventures that did not go to plan (selling Christmas trees door-to-door was not one of my better ideas!). This first hand experience combined with almost 20 years of working with hundreds of start-ups has re-enforced my love of enterprise but also stirred a desire to ensure that others have the best possible chance of success by sharing both what to do and what to avoid.