Following our suggestion that we network together, I would like to thank you for the opportunity you have given me to write to you. I believe you may have an interest in some of the services I offer, so please allow me to take this opportunity to share more information with you and your network.
Our Mission and Aims
GuideDotYou’s offer for pre-start and start-up businesses is to advise, nurture and provide practical support and delivery services to people with ambitions to start up, grow and succeed in business.
With ability to pass on the benefits of and lessons learned from our own recent start-up experience, GuideDotYou aims to provide people with access to the basic advice, mentoring and practical delivery services that a brand new business needs in its pre-start phase and during its first year of operation.
It is essential to provide help to reduce the high proportion of new businesses that fail to make it through the first year. So GuideDotYou helps by simplifying the process of starting a business, helping with navigation through the complexities and assisting pre-start and new businesses to reduce and assist in overcoming the barriers to progress they face.
Our pre-start and start-up Business Services
GuideDotYou’s Start-Up Business Services take two specific, yet complementary forms. Annexed to this letter to you is information about our “Introduction To Starting Your Business” taster group workshop.
You will note that I take the view that being in employment or self-employment should promote experiences of positive wellbeing, including improved self-esteem, motivation, improved general and mental health, and reduced psychological distress. I believe that being in work, compared to not working, should be therapeutic, improve quality of life and lead to better health outcomes.
GuideDotYou knows that many people face challenges and barriers to being employed, including those associated with protected characteristics such as race, gender and disability.
I and the expert associates I work with on these services also know that many people have the talents and skills to be enterprising and desire to support peoples’ beliefs that self-employment is a realistic career option for them. We wish to work with people who we know have the talent and potential to become self-employed, and could succeed if only they were to benefit from the correct levels of support and guidance.
Start Your Business Essentials is a personally tailored package of services that helps them to do this, by simplifying the, what are complex, start-up processes for and with them, something which I believe could be of great advantage to many of your service users.
By assisting new businesses in this way, GuideDotYou believes, through its support mechanisms, it can provide robust opportunities for new businesses to learn, develop, grow and feel a real sense of achievement.
I recently wrote about the Social Impact of Business Start-Ups, which I believe will be of interest to you.
I welcome the opportunity for further engagement with you, to consider the extent to which GuideDotYou services will help you, or some of your service users deliver very positive employability, health and wellbeing outcomes.
Here’s the information about our “Introduction to Starting Your Business” taster workshop
Duration: Half Day
Who Should Attend?: This interactive taster workshop is suitable for anyone who has an idea, interest or hobby and would like some early guidance about what’s involved in starting a business. Support workers and carers of people who would like to attend and explore their business idea are very welcome to join in.
This is a taster session, not an intensive boot camp. It aims to start to answer some frequently asked questions that people have when they consider starting a business, such as:
- Could my interest, hobby or idea become a business?
- Will running a business suit me?
- How should I market my business?
- What should be included in my business plan?
- And more
Who Should Book?
Anyone with a wish to explore if running a business could be for them.
Do you agree that working should promote experiences of positive wellbeing, including improved self-esteem, motivation, improved general and mental health, and reduced psychological distress?
Do you support our view that work should be therapeutic, improve quality of life and lead to better health outcomes?
Do you know or work with people who have the talent and potential to become self-employed, and could succeed if only they had the correct levels of support and guidance?
Group bookings can be purchased by organisations on behalf of their clients and students.
We welcome applications from a wide range of people and organisations, particularly those who have, or are supporting people with protected characteristics (see Equality Act 2010).
So please get in touch if you are interested and in one of these categories:
- Social Enterprises
- Community Interest Companies
- Commercial Business serious about Corporate Social Responsibility
- Housing Associations
- Employment Advisors
- Work Clubs
- Youth Clubs
- Community Centres
- Public Sector
- And others
Do contact us to arrange a suitable date and time for us to discuss further.
With my best regards and hope for better communities and social inclusion.