TURNING talent into a successful start-up business could prove a way into employment for local job seekers, business leaders have said.
How to successfully become self-employed and turn an idea into cash were among key topics at the latest Chad/Parker PR Tuesday Club business event earlier this month.
The group, launched in March, meets on the second Tuesday of every month at a different restaurant each time for an informal networking session.
Berry Hill-based Keith Brown (49) was among some self-starters attending the get-together at Lambs at the Market restaurant, Nottingham Road, Mansfield, on 9th August.
He set up as a sole trader as a motivational speaker, inspired by his life experiences.
“There’s no difficulty in going it alone; the difficulty is in finding something that people want,” he said.
Keith started out as a professional motivational speaker in April last year after working in IT sales and marketing for 15 years.
He has also developed a niche as a professional civil celebrant, speaking at funerals without any form of belief attached.
“People need to look for something where there’s regularity,” added Keith.
“You may have to sacrifice and perhaps take a drop in salary, but it can be done.”
The infrastructure and support is also there locally for people looking to develop business skills, he adds.
“We’ve got things like Portland College on the doorstep,” he said.
“They do courses that are business-focussed - people just need to be pointed in the right directions.
“If you are starting out you need to find your baseline income which pays for your basics. There is opportunity for people who want to do it.”
Also among attendees was Carolynn Rabbitt, manager of Mansfield’s Branch of Yorkshire Bank on West Gate.
“Essentially, you need to see if your idea is viable before you do anything else,” she said.
“Don’t rely on friends and family, get a critical view and facts to back up your idea.
“There are plenty of free resources out there; on the internet or through organisations like the Federation for Small Businesses.”
If someone needs finance to get going a bank loan may not always be the right move straight away, she adds.
“For example, a Yorkshire Bank small business manager will work with you to understand your business and what type of finance you will need now and in future.”
The next meeting of the club is on 13th September at the Chand Indian Restaurant, Toothill Road, Mansfield, at 6.30pm for 7pm start.
l For details about the club or to book a place at the next event, contact Tracy on 01623 456789 or Graham on 07977 448306.