Want to start your own business?

Launching an idea into the world is no mean feat – but it’s more possible than ever before, and we can help.

Tools & guidance

To help you get clarity on the first steps to starting your own thing, we’ve collated what we’ve learnt from helping hundreds turn their ideas into businesses, and created a free eBook ‘Free Your Idea In 5 Steps: A guide to getting your business out of your head and into the world‘. You can download it here.

Events

There are so many awesome people doing brilliant things, and even more sitting on ideas they’re not sure how to start. Our events bring the two together to give you inspiration, tips and connections; making starting your own thing a lot less lonely and a lot more fun. Check out what we have coming up.

Startup Accelerator

Figuring out what idea to choose, what steps to make, and then maintaining the moment to launch your business is hard, but it’s a lot easier with the guidance and support of those who’ve done it. Through our 10-week Career Accelerator course you’ll not just learn the smart way to build a business and get your idea off the ground – you’ll actually do it.  Find out more.

With life expectancy approaching 100, life’s too long to do work which doesn’t matter to you.

Perhaps you’re currently working full-time, but know that you were born to be your own boss. Maybe you’ve got a burning idea that won’t go away, or an urge to build something, solve a problem, make a difference.

But where do you start? What about the risks? How do you get connections, money, support?

That’s where we come in.


Not sure where to start?

In helping hundreds of people start businesses that matter to them, we’ve noticed a few common obstacles that stop people from starting.

To help you combat them, we’ve created a free guide covering the top 5 steps to overcome the biggest obstacles many aspiring entrepreneurs face:

Free Your Idea In 5 Steps: A guide to getting your business out of your head and into the world

Upcoming Events

How To Start Your Business On The Side

Have you been sitting on an idea for a while but haven’t had time, money or confidence to start it? This evening workshop will give you tools, tricks and inspiration to set up your businesses whilst remaining in employment.

Tuesday 5th September, 7-9:30 pm

Tickets: £10-12

Work.Life Clerkenwell, London

 

The Startup Accelerator

(Formerly known as the Startup Tribe)

A 10-week part-time course (designed to fit around a full-time job) in which you’ll not only learn the smart way to start your own thing – you’ll actually do it.

We combine content, action, and community to cover the following core curriculum built by entrepreneurs and experts who’ve done it themselves.

Next intake: 16th September-22nd November 2017

We’re gearing up to recruit 40 changemakers to join us this September and launch their businesses before 2018.

If you’re tired of working for someone else or have a problem you want to fix in the world, find out more & receive your discounted rate:

(This course is designed to fit around a full-time job. Sessions take place every Wednesday evening as well as 4 weekend days.)

Ideas we’ve helped launch

Pippa escaped production at The Science Museum to found Pip & Nut – naturally nutritious nut butters made from just roasted nuts and a sprinkling of sea salt.

Stocked in 2500+ UK stores with £3m annual revenue.

Charlie escaped recruitment to found Moju – a juice brand on a mission to inspire a new generation of healthier, happier people by making accessible, great-tasting juice in the healthiest way possible.

Stocked in Harrods, Waitrose and more.

Sanne escaped banking and sales & marketing to Co-Found FRAEMd – an online platform where your taste is matched with affordable and original art.

Featured in Elle, Marie Claire, Bazaar, TNW.

Armin escaped accountancy to found Vitamin Buddy – a vitamin subscription service based on personalised supplement plans with high quality vitamins.

100 monthly subscriptions.

David and Anthony escaped management consultancy to found Stashbee – A community marketplace where you can book secure storage space in the homes, lofts and garages of trusted Storage Hosts.

Raised £300,000 investment.

Adela escaped Management Consultancy to found Style LyricalA stylist service which takes the headache out of clothes shopping and deliver 3 beautiful handpicked outfits, to your door.

10 fashion label partners.

Deepak escaped Investment Banking Consultancy to found Oddbox – London’s only Social Enterprise delivering wonky fruit & veg boxes to homes & offices, fighting food waste and helping local growers.

1,000 customers receiving weekly veg deliveries across London.

Paola founded Noi Club alongside her corporate marketing career – Noi Club is a community of female achievers who regularly meet to champion each other and move forward together.

21 female empowerment events held in London.

Read More

Check out our blogs for more entrepreneurial inspiration, tips and guidance.

15 top tips to help you pick the right business idea

A good startup isn’t just a good idea; it’s customer conversations, dogged determination and excellent execution. Don’t put too much emphasis on the idea. The idea matters, but the execution matters much more.

What’s the most bullshit startup advice out there?

I got lots of advice when I was starting my first business, and a lot of it was crap. Years have past and it’s not like I morphed into Startup Yoda, but I compare who I am now to my 21-year-old self who kept coming up against brick walls, and I realise that through all the startups and projects I’ve worked with since then, I’ve definitely refined my bullshit radar.

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