This book was recommended to me a couple of years ago when I was redoing a business plan. It’s really designed for very creative people who have problems finding their left brain (supposedly the logical bit). I found it interesting and just following a different take on the old process helped me get on and do it properly.
I’ve told several creative folks about it, and they’ve always come back to me and told me how pleased they were to find it, so here are the details.
Ironically it finally proved to me that I don’t have a right brain, at all. (And to those of you that are shouting websites designed and years of drawing from life, I’ll just say, I know the rules, and I’m pretty good at applying them in a logical way…)
There is a great new networking group in Norwich for technical people, startups and anyone interested in these areas: SyncNorwich.
The first meetings were very well attended (60-70 people) with a great buzz in the room, I can’t make tomorrow’s meeting but they also have a monthly lunch meetup and I’ll be there next Thursday.
I keep an eye on the Open Coffee London meetup for internet startups and this week there have been two particularly good threads:
- Marketing an internet product (but much of it applies to any new business with a web presence). The lengthy sections by Iqbal Gandham and Peter Cunningham are excellent.
- Finding the right venue for a launch event has some excellent ideas (read the thread by Sam P)
Last night at WiRE Norwich, we pooled our knowledge of Norfolk business networks and I’ve put the information together into one list. The networks are constantly changing, and I’ll update this occasionally, let me know if you see anything that needs amending.
JellyNorfolk is a new co-working community in Norfolk where people who work on their own meet once a month at Business Revolution based at the Kings Centre in central Norwich and work together for the day. Most bring a laptop, but there is a lot of variety in work done. Occasionally there is some chatter, laughter and sharing of ideas and tips; often companionable silence.
More and more people are working from home, as self-employed freelancers, small business owners and home-based full-time employees. Whilst this has some great benefits, homeworkers often report that they miss the office camaraderie and the chance to bounce ideas off colleagues.
JellyNorfolk is held on the second Monday of each month. The day is split into two sessions: morning and afternoon but people can stay for the whole day by booking both. JellyNorfolk is held at Business Revolution, a new co-working hub, which recently opened at the Kings Centre. JellyNorfolk is free to attend and includes free fast wifi broadband: food and drink are available from the Kings Centre cafe.
Jelly Norfolk is run entirely by volunteers, me and Cassie Tillett, and we both work from home. Jellies have no external funding.
Sign up for our JellyNorfolk mailing list.
One of the best forums for internet startups that I know about is OpenCoffee London. Although the group is loosely based around a weekly Meetup at University College London, I understand that about 3000 people now subscribe to the user group and read the many discussion threads. Although the group generates a lot of emails (I filter them into a folder all of their own), this is an incredibly useful group with entrepreneurs (new and experienced) and developers, plus a wide range of helpful people who help startups such as accountants, lawyers etc.
There is a good archive of the discussions held here.
I’ve just completed a new website for a local cleaning and removals company, See The Difference. It’s often interesting how you get new work: I got chatting to Steve Crisp who runs the business as he was cleaning out windows. He has just expanded from domestic and commercial cleaning to removals, having bought a couple of vans. Much of their business is “end of tenancy” cleans, and these jobs also often require some house clearance. Once he’d invested in the vans, it seemed obvious to offer a removals services as well as offering a “man with a van” facility.
The second JellyNorfolk will take place on Monday 11th October at the King’s Centre Norwich. The last Jelly day was a great success with 10 people working together and enjoying a little company and the chance to bounce ideas off each other. There was also much sharing of Excel spreadsheet knowledge and munching of great food from the cafe downstairs.
To book and find out more click on the session you prefer: morning or afternoon (you can come to both, just book them both).
Just finished a new website for Indigo Partnerships for Eleanor Bannister. Eleanor is a freelance consultant specialising in search and selection & marketing for the drinks industry. She is based in Catalunya, Spain, and lives in the midst of the vineyards providing grapes for Cava wine.
The website is set up to be multilingual in both English and Spanish and this will be activated once the Spanish translations are completed.