Supporting yourself

The stuff they don’t teach you at Business School is often the most critical to your business or personal success. Being a social entrepreneur can be really really hard work and there will be times that it will get to you. It may not be fully-blown insomnia when you are lying awake at night under the duvet wondering how you are going to make someone redundant or worrying where the next years’ income will come from, but there will be times when you will be under huge pressure. Certainly in the early days, the success of your social enterprise is totally dependent on how well the founders are coping and how well they are supporting themselves. This is much much more important than the financial and legal stuff and yet very few people seem to talk about it or try and teach it. So as our small contribution to filling this gap, here are some practical resources that we hope you will find really useful.

You may find Podcast 6 useful which covers:

  • Staff-ownership models vs community-owned models
  • How to engage staff & dealing with unions
  • The change management process
  • The highlights from the first year's acheivements

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If you have suggestions for new content, resources or information, then please pop it in our suggestion box. The current most popular suggestions for this section are:

  • Managing you work-life balance
  • The importance of a mentor or coach
  • Saving up for your "lifeboat fund"
  • Discussions you need to have with your partner and family