Ha ha, that got your attention! Those who know my blog understand that as a pagan I do not attend a Christian church any more. It doesn’t mean I am not Christian, or that I don’t believe in God. Far from it. But this isn’t about religion. This is about business. I am currently in the process of setting up a freelance writing services business. Working from home, I offer professional copy editing, proofreading, manuscript critique and even ghost writing to those who are in need. I will also begin writing articles for print magazines once I settle into the new routine of having my daughter in preschool three days per week.
Well, I have a business idea. I am a competent writer, with an excellent grasp of English language, and I am a published author to boot. I do not, however, have the confidence or knowledge of how to efficiently run a business. I intend to change that. I am currently beginning a support program with a company called Blue Orchid, under referral from a UK government scheme that I had previously not heard of. They will show me how to create a business plan, how to secure and manage my funds, and give me free training sessions on the necessary aspects of being a small business owner.
A couple of weeks ago I came across an article in my local newspaper, the Middlewich Guardian. It said there was a free business course coming up in the nearby town of Winsford. I was intrigued. Then I read that it was being run by the Storehouse Church, and I got a little uneasy. Surely it was simply a ploy to grow their congregation and bring more people over to the following of God? But I read the article, I was interested, and I contacted the organizers.
I am so glad I did! The first session took place on Tuesday evening this week (5th February 2013), and it was a lovely event. I was able to get the bus up to Winsford, since my husband was working late and had our car. My neighbours very kindly took care of our daughter, freeing me up to pursue some business networking. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay as late as I would have liked, because I had to run out when my husband came to collect me, complete with toddler and dog in the car!
There was no pressure to join the church. The meeting room was very professional and very welcoming, as were the organizers. I felt at ease the moment I stepped through the door and was offered a hot drink and a piece of cake. The speakers were inspirational, positive, and came from businesses in the local area. All in all I was very impressed. I came away with a specially prepared file in which to put my business plan and paperwork, and I look forward to our next session where we will meet a representative from Natwest bank, advising us about securing finance and how to develop a healthy business bank account. I could definitely make use of some of that!