Becoming Self-Employed

The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something. -Seth Godin

We had such a good time at our second evening event ‘Becoming Self-employed’. Although it was a rainy Autumnal night the turnout was great and once again we met some really interesting people. 

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Thanks so much to Syreeta Johnson of kid’s clothing range Indikidual- it was so interesting to hear how she set up and developed her brand. Thanks also to Antony Smith of Providus Financial who ran us through some basics of how to manage your finances once you have made the decision to go it alone. It was also great to have Phillipa from Enterprise Enfield who told us a little bit about the Inspiring Women Start Up Programme.  A special shout out also to Hive's Nat Harrison, who brought along the youngest Hive member (just a few weeks old) Owyn who slept through the entire event!

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Finding support

It seems we all have similar fears about the mechanics of setting up a business, worries about pensions and mortgages- can we support our families how we would like to? Also on top of this is the question of whether we believe we can make a success of our venture.

One of the reasons we set up Hive was to create a network of people who can be open about the difficulties they encounter and provide each other with support. That is why we have set up our Facebook group, to ask questions or to buddy up with someone to keep motivated. We are soon introducing weekly threads for this purpose. Please join if you haven’t already!

Thanks to all those who came. Watch this space for our next event which will take place in January next year. We also have a social media workshop coming up on October 9th, and we are planning to run a visual branding workshop in November- details coming soon.

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Thanks also to Stow Brothers and Eat 17 who provided the drinks and the Italian Deli who gave us a lot of olives! Also thanks to Leyla from Bloom of the Block who decorated Central Parade with her gorgeous plants. See you at the next event!