Having been silent for some time, I thought I would take some time to compile a post about a journey I am undertaking.
People who know me will realise I have had a difficult time over the last few years culminating in a very bad holiday period and new year.
That said, I have started to come out of the other side and have my feet firmly back on the ground. One of the things I have decided to do is focus on things I can affect, such as the business of my business! As someone who spent most of his life in the military, I had only a passing idea of how to go about setting up my photography business. I read some articles online and listened to a few podcasts, but can honestly say, I was just kidding myself.
Then, I was offered a place on a course entitled “The Business Experience”, it is a six day programme aimed at military personnel transitioning to civilian life, veterans and family members of wounded, ill and sick service members.
Organised by Help for Heroes, it is run by another military family organisation call X-Forces.
established in 20012, X-Forces is a community interest company, sometime referred to as a ‘social enterprise’. The founder and CEO is Ren Kapur MBE, an hugely experienced entrepreneur and marketing professional. The aim of the company, is to enable the forces family to succeed in establishing successful enterprises by providing training, access to funding through the Start Up Loans Company and grants from Service Charities. It does not end there, they provide industry advisors for post learning support and networking opportunities.
I was not sure what the course would give me when I started, but I now know it was right decision to come on it. I have learned a hell of a lot and, found out, I actually had retained a lot of the knowledge I have acquired previously! The enthusiasm of the coaches and Ren, in particular, is infectious, I have become more confident that I can make a successful business of my photography and while I know I can take a great picture, I now know I can manage the business as well.
The topics are all relevant and range from the obvious such as writing a business plan, to the less obvious, such as some of the opportunities that exist out there and the benefit of lessons learned by many prior delegates. I am now sat my desk, having been conducting some primary market research (look mum, I learned some grown up terms!) and looking forward to tomorrows sessions on marketing and social media.
I have not felt so enthused in years and the troubles of last year seem a long way away. I know that when I get home, they will resurface, but I still have a lot to look forward to and to keep me busy in the mean time.
Hopefully I will not be to tired tomorrow evening and will be able to update the Blog on the days events. Watch this space!!!