Traditional Business Support will tell you to begin with a Business Plan.
We at The PopUp Business School think that is a massive waste of time.
Business Plans are traditionally used to get funding. But what if you start your Business with no money? Go out, make sales and find what your customers want before you even consider a Business Plan.
We started 2017 at the PopUp Business School the same way we start every year, by taking ourselves away for a few days to reflect on the year that's been and to plan what we want for the business in the coming year. It's become a 3 day tradition which is invaluable to us and is something we'd suggest anyone in business should consider each year. It's an opportunity for the whole team to get involved and have a say in the future of the business, share things they've learned and shoot each other with Nerf guns, obviously.
It was an intense 3 days, but incredibly worthwhile and rewarding as we look to how we're going to shape the business in 2017, how we're going to grow as a group and what we want to do more of as individuals. We all answer a set of questions before setting off to a hotel for a few days, the same questions that Alan shared with you in our 'Reviewing Your Year In Business' video which you can find on the #DailyPopUp or on our YouTube channel. They're a great starting point for a business review.
So what was the outcome of our 3 day review? Well, we can't go into too much detail, but safe to say that PopUp is only going to keep getting bigger and better. We want to do more, help more people and start more businesses in our own unique way and continue to have a lot of fun doing it. We start 2017 with a few events in the pipeline.
The end of January sees us return to Kent for a full 2 week PopUp event in Swale, Sittingbourne. We've run smaller events in Kent, but we're really looking forward to spending a whole 2 weeks doing what we do. February sees us delivering a 2 week event in Bolton, where we want to get people started and trading whilst we're there.
We're also returning to both Thamesmead and Newport for 2 week events in February. We loved the energy and enthusiasm in both places last year and can't wait to see how those of you we met before have got on and looking forward to seeing plenty of new faces too.
In March we head to Dover, a third event in Reading and 2 weeks in Leeds! So we're busy and already loving every minute of 2017. But where could we PopUp next? We're always looking to help more people, so if you'd like us to come to your town or know someone we should be talking to, to make it happen then please get in touch