Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

I am so concerned by the number of people who have been made redundant and who will have little chance of employment.

The growth in self employment and new start-ups is unprecedented.

It is not easy to learn how to be self sufficient, self starting and critically know what your value to others is as a piece of 'jigsaw' in the supply chain of business services.

I get my greatest level of satisfaction from the fact that ecademy has supported thousands of people on this journey. It has been an implicit service, not one that we have shouted about or branded. I just know that the word on the street is 'join Ecademy as the members there are open and supportive and welcome new contacts into the community'.

Knowing how well Ecademy Members serve people when they first come out of the Public Sector or Corporate environment makes me very proud of the attitudes of knowledge and social sharing that goes on here.

I would like to build a group of people who could help me to create an 'Ecademy Solution' for recently redundant people to become self sufficient and powerful in thier own right.

The emotional journey of working for yourself for the first time is enormous, I believe that Ecademy is the best community for these people. We are open, supportive and embrace new people beautifully as a community. What is needed is a guide and a place for them to come to inorder to get some coaching, mentoring and friendship. We should also ensure that the market knows that ecademy is a great place to come for support and this form of networking.

Apart from the tools and Events on Ecademy (Blogging, Boardrooms to name two) I believe it is the values here that are best suited to anyone needing to build their Emotional Confidence and then identify what skills they uniquely have.

To begin with I would like to create a Collaborative E-Book between a number of us, with 2-3 pages of help for each area that they may stumble into and realise that they need more guidance on. If you are the Author of the section, you will be highlighted.

Types of needs for a someone embarking on this journey are, these are some thoughts for each chapter section:

- IT - how to buy wisely, find support, undertand the latest hardware and applications

- Social Media - what does it bring to the business in reality

- Accounting - book keeping and the benefits of getting help, who to trust and how to measure

- VA's - benefits of having a Virtual Assistant

- Leading and resourcing a sole trading business - the leadership model for this changing world

- How to ask for help - knowing you are not alone

- Branding - how to build your brand and be known, liked and followed for the right reasons

Plus many of your great ideas.

So, to you, are you willing to lend a hand? Is there someone willing to create the e-book?

If you would like to help me build this, please cna you join this Group so we can all communicate in side there.

Do you think this is a good idea for us as a community to produce?

Would you market it and share it with people that you come across that need help?

warm regards
Penny Power
Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School
Helping you build social capital in your business and life


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Richard J Francis

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Good post Penny - but some caution. First off - they need to take some time to explore if self-employment is for them - as it isn't for everyone. Second - they need to realise starting a business is laden with risk - with many of them failing again, and again, and once more again - for all the SAME reasons. So they need help to understand what they are. Third - analyse whether their talents from 1 & 2 are better served in a different (but still salaried) position. Whilst I support the march towards self-employment 425k start-ups happened in UK last year - which if the age-old stats about survival rates holds true - that's an awful lot of potential failures (and maybe loss of homes, esteem, relationships etc with them). On top - we cannot have an economy of entirely micro-businesses - it doesn't 'balance' the UK properly. I personally still think you can be entrepreneurial - without risking everything on being self-employed - you just need to be in the right working environment.

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Ziona Etzion

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Life Challlenges... Note how we deal with change!

There are no redundant people...it is their jobs that have become redundant! Maybe this connects with the emotion of a person without a job better than anything else. Society looks on these people in pity and it is a great that you are thinking how to create something of value that can help these people. It is a huge challenge for a person that has worked in a job, to be thrust in the position of having to become an entrepreneur. They need motivation, as well as finance to start fresh. When Life Challlenges us... Do we step and do what is needed or do we panic? It is interesting to note how we deal with change? For some of us it is a challenge that brings new opportunity and for others it is frightening and the become STUCK. Do you know how you react to change? Laid-off or retired...Do you have a financial toolbox? This is a social, cultural and economic issue. How prepared are we to face challenges? The NYT reported that 75% of Americans that reached retirement age had less than $30,000 in their retirement accounts. This spectre of downward mobility is affecting most Western countries. The times reported that 49% will be living on a $5 a day food budget. To maintain living standards into old age we need roughly 20 times our annual income in financial wealth. If you earn $100,000 at retirement, you need about $2 million beyond what you will receive from Social Security. If you have an income-producing partner and a paid-off house, you need less. This number is startling in light of the stone-cold fact that most people aged 50 to 64 have nothing or next to nothing in retirement accounts and thus will rely solely on Social Security. ~New York Times Unemployment rates for those over 50 are increasing faster than other groups and they face longer periods of unemployment. Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor of economics at the New School for Social Research, says that the coming security crisis is a shared problem; and is not caused by a set of isolated individul behaviours. What do we need to do? Sharpen up! Be more flexible and look for viable options to generate money. To prepare for out future. We need to get real. Experience taught me that one need a framework that one is guided to learn new skills and something that will put food on the table. People need to be practical and start something that will bring results in a relatively short time. I am sure that people in the Ecademy community also are challenged by their professions becoming redundant or their earnings dropping for all sorts of reasons. It took us a long time to find something that brings us income, something where our income is growing every month. There are many people all over the world working with the ventures that I am in. People were able to recover from foreclosures in America because of one of the programs. It is funny that professionals with Degrees, are in the same position as workers, when they are not employed.

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George Wallace

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Hi Penny I was made redundant two years ago so know what it feels like. Have been selling on eBay for the past two years and have written a book on the subject just about to be published. I have a course called Simply Selling on eBay have given the course to a lot of people that has helped them to get going on eBay. The reason its good is because I do it every day and know what really goes on. Would be willing to assist using my experiences in Industry (Chartered Engineer) and Entrepreneurship. Kind regards George

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Fraser Hay

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I might not be able to help, but you could always send them to me for a chat. I offer a bit more information on all of this via my Ecademy profile. hope it helps. ;) Fraser

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William Buist

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It's 10 month on from when you posted this Penny, and its been great to see you walking the talk with DYA, making a massive difference to youth unemployment prospects looking forwards. I noticed that in the latest employment figures there's been a significant increase in the number of people starting their own businesses. That's got to be good for them if they make a sustainable go of it. How could we make that happen more reliably?

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Chris Farrance

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Happy to join with you in this Penny. I think there is a need for a healthy dose of pragmatism (and some quite straightforward marketing segmentation) about why people start their own businesses and what their expectations might be. Chris Chris Farrance Trainee Digital Coach m: 0770465560 e: chrisfarrance@btclick.com w: www.chrisfarrance.co.uk

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Douglas Buchan

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As a person who has gone through the shock of redundancy, I got no warning was just told I was not wanted any more, I know exactly what it feels like to join that group of people. For me to find another job in the same industry would have meant a major move and for family reasons that was not feasible, so after a period of time I went self employed. The big problem with that was I now just owned my job, the big advantage was I could now access tax allowances but the disadvantage was longer hours and if I was not working I was not earning. After several years I was offered another opportunity, but one that I was a bit wary about until I met the President of the company concerned. After that meeting I knew that here was what has now been described, by Donald J, Trump, no less, as probably the best opportunity for the average person in the world today. I now work in partnership with a multi national company which has been growing for the last 18 years at around the 35 -40 % bracket every year. This company is not indebted to any bank and continues its expansion from its own capital. What I like about it is I am in business for myself but not by myself, I have a superb team who are more than willing to help and advise to ensure my success. Also the company training is second to none and the company's training and tools have won it a major award. The opportunity is available to anyone in the UK, Europe, N. America and Australasia and substantial incomes can be created, but one of the main things that I have found is in personal Development. From what I used to do and be, to what I do now and who I have become, is like night and day and I know plenty others who have had the same experience. We live in a rapidly changing world, people are going to have to change but most of them are going to have to learn how to accept the changes, and that is where the business that I am involved in really leads the field. Not only that but it also works in a field and industry that is experiencing growth thanks to the current financial problems that the world is facing. There is a huge opportunity here for a very large number of people, and I, and my team are more than willing to share all out knowledge with anybody who cares to take a look at what we do. Douglas Buchan email douglas.buchan@virginmedia.com

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Ann Andrews CSP

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Totally agree with you David - so often our levels of 'worth' are tied up with our job, or title, and when that vanishes we feel (for a while) that we are nothing!! There is a grief process people WILL go through: *Denial (can't believe this has happened); * Resistance (How dare they - and why me?); * Exploration - well what now? What skills do I have, what talents? How can I package those and offer them - what am I passionate about? What else could I do? And finally * Acceptance. Often when we get to this stage we hear people saying things like 'being made redundant was the best thing that ever happened to me!! Ann Sign up to our fortnightly issue of Powertools; a regular supply of business ideas; business tips and business tools for growing your business and receive a copy of 'What Next?' 29 Successful Entrepreneurs Sharing Their Predictions for 2011 and 2012. An absolutely amazing book featuring Penny Power and Dr Ivan Misner Ann Andrews CSP The Corporate Tool-box Online Business and Training Resources

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Penny Power

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Thank you Steve, great to see this level of support, of course I know you are very committed to this Hope you are feeling better, you had quite a tough time X warm regards Penny Power Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School Helping you build social capital in your business and life Follow @pennypower Follow @pennypower I support:  

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Penny Power

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Thank you Duncan, that is great Can you join the group I mention in the Blog - you will see the coNtribitions so far Lovely to have your input warm regards Penny Power Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School Helping you build social capital in your business and life Follow @pennypower Follow @pennypower I support:  

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David Balcon

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With redundancy some of the biggest issues that many people face have nothing to do with the technical know how required to become self employed and a business owner. The big challenge is to overcome the internal barriers to their success created by the feeling of low self worth, confusion, uncertainty, and the fact that their internal script is now giving them a thorough beating for 'failing' at their job. This is the area in which I specialise, and I would be happy to contribute to the e-book on this subject. An explanation of and the use of some simple self discovery exercises to help people to see that they are a) not their script, and b) that if they are not feeling good, they are not choosing their feeling. Nobody would ever choose to feel anything but great, so if you don't feel worthy, you are not choosing. I'm happy to help, keep me in the loop Penny David Do it today for tomorrow is uncertain!

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RealSteveHolmes Fading away soon

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Did I miss this thread before? I've been helping "redundant" people work their way back into high self esteem and paying employment of one kind or another for 20 years. I start by talking to them to reveal to them what their real professional assets are, because most people have forgotten. When this is clearly known they can start shaping a future based on reality and possibility, rather than the fantasy of what they'd love to do being, you know "creative", whatever that is. I don't come cheap, though. People need to commit some of that redundancy money to get my hard hitting advice, especially now that my time is rationed by illness. READ MORE AT TAKE HEART

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Gloria Hyatt

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Hello Penny, Fabulous I do agree with the points you make. It struck me some 8 months ago as a result of the ever increasing number of redundancies that something had to be done beyond the general offer from government advice agencies. Whilst there is some excellent support in place in terms of advice, it stuck me that there was very little beyond the point of being made redundant. With this in mind I have created e-books, online training and much more to help all redundant people take action and become business owners or dare I say it, re-enter the work place. Here is a snap shot of my programme Power To Success After Redundancy, hope it can help http://www.teach-consultancy.com/Laid-Off-Or-Made-Redundant.html Kind regards, Gloria Hyatt MBE Director Teach Consultancy Ltd

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Penny Power

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That is excellent Marcus, thank you for advising me of this Good to see you here again too warm regards Penny Power Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School Helping you build social capital in your business and life Follow @pennypower Follow @pennypower I support:  

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Marcus Cauchi Sales Management Training

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Let's not forget the armed forces .... 25000 redundancies

Sales Training London, Sandler Sales Institute,david sandler,cold call tips, cold calling training, cold call bootcamp, Sales Training Course London,LIVE Cold Calling Training,UK sales training,sales management training London,sales training, Sandler, Sandler Sales Training Londonsuzanne cauchi What My Clients Say About Me _________________________________________________________________________________ Penny along similar lines, I was so upset by the way Forces personnel are being treated that I've set up my own little invasion force. We're giving 10 x 1 year David H Sandler Professional Sales Scholarships to veterans of the Armed Forces who are being made redundant or resettling this year. I'm looking for 9 additional participants (1 already on board), so if any of you know of anyone with: A Services background Who is leaving the forces or has left in the last 24 months They are committed to setting up in business for themselves Or they are committed to making their 2nd career a success in selling or sales management And they will be able to travel into London regularly for training, coaching and work placements I'd welcome your introductions. Thanks for posting this Penny. Regards Marcus Cauchi Managing Director Sandler Training, London, Sales Training London & Sales Management Training London contact Sandler Training, Finding Power Through Reinforcement© Sandler Training® - UK Franchisee of the Year 2007 Director, Franchisee Development, The Referral Institute® Guerrilla Marketing® - Licensed Master Practitioners Mob +44 (0) 7515 937221 Tel 0207 100 9250 What are the BIGGEST LIES in SALES is ....... "THE CUSTOMER IS KING" & "HE WHO HAS THE MONEY MAKES THE RULES". 3rd March 2009, Sandler Training London

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Leigh Ashton

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Would love to help Penny...what a fabulous idea! I could contribute by giving new entrepreneurs psychological tools to sell themselves, their ideas, services and products...and be more confident in themselves. Let me know how I can help. All the best. Leigh xx Leigh Ashton The Sales Consultancy 020 7903 5426 07932 164873 leigh@sales-consultancy.com www.sales-consultancy.com

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Penny Power

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Stuart and Jane Thank you for your offer of support please can you join the Group mentioned at the base of my blog above - this is where we are the compiling content ideas and project managing it warm regards Penny Power Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School Helping you build social capital in your business and life Follow @pennypower Follow @pennypower I support:  

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Stuart Kerslake

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Great blog Penny - I'd love to help. Whilst it may not seem like it at the time, sometimes redundancy can be the catalyst for doing work you really love, rather than what you thought you "ought to do" when you were younger. I have an 8 step process for helping people take their purpose (passion, vision, legacy) and create sustainable, profitable businesses focussed on delivering that. I'm also very happy to talk to people about their ideas, in a grounded way, to explore whether self-employment/running a business really is for them. Best wishes Stuart Stuart Kerslake Social Accountant Helping social businesses to flourish

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Jane Heaton

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Hi Penny, Very happy to contribute - helping to demystify marketing (strategic thinking and communications) for self employed and start ups. You may remember our chat at our WiRE event at Stoneleigh. Many of the people I work with have come out of careers and employment - through redundancy and as a more conscious choice. As well as sharing marketing tools and strategies, I know there's a lot there too about having the confidence to put things into action. However the turning strangers into friends approach takes away any negative connotations and much of the fear. Have joined the group and look forward to helping and collaborating in any way I can. Best wishes, Jane

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Penny Power

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Thank you Kathryn, that is excellent If you could join the Group I have created to create the e-book and suggest a Section you might like to create and be highlighted within, we will be in touch to gather you short content. warm regards Penny Power Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School Helping you build social capital in your business and life Follow @pennypower Follow @pennypower I support:  

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Kathryn Roberts

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Great Idea

Penny, Love the initiative and definitely addressing a need in the market. Happy to support, help co-write and promote along with this group. I blog about mindset adjustment and Internet marketing strategy mainly at a site I set up 3 mths ago . There is an E-book avail here if you want to get an idea of what I cover. http://www.makeworkplay.co.uk Kath Roberts http://www.alchemy4thesoul.com/blog Don't survive...thrive and be unstoppable!

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Penny Power

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I like the sound of all of this Phil Would you do a chapter on this in your ebook? The Group to join around this project is HERE, I think you have joined it though :) warm regards Penny Power Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School Helping you build social capital in your business and life Follow @pennypower Follow @pennypower I support:  

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Belinda Nnoka

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Hi there Penny! I think this is an excellent idea. I too have said that self employment is really the only way to go at present. Several entrepreneurs I know of have said that recessions and seasons of high unemployment are the times when the greatest business ideas are born. My brother is currently seeking work and I have told him on more than one occassion that he will have to start thinking about how he can turn his skills into a business. I would be glad to help with this project of yours. Belinda

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Dr Terry Loong

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Hi Penny, I would love to help! I wish this information was available when I left hospital medicine. In 2008, there were 20,000 doctors out of a job.... some either left the country, or took on locum work (not having much choice on where they were station resulting in being apart from the family)... some like most of my friends left hospital by choice and went into other fields e.g. pharmaceutical companies. Few started a business. Most are scared of what to do ... and feel powerless to choose. It's a horrible feeling ... and one of my goals is to help support more doctors through the transition.... from what I have learned from the business and personal development world. Many doctors don't know they have access to this! If I can help in anyway, let me know. Terry

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Phil Shepherd

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Hi Penny, As an addition to this great initiative of yours, for those who unfortunately come through the redundancy process damaged by extreme stress, there is a charity called Work Stress Solutions. At their premises in the London suburbs there are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) specialists and Psychotherapists on hand in the background to help people as required so if, during the course of developing this Ecademy project there is a need for this professional psychological help, please let me know (I'm a Trustee). Work Stress Solutions helps people who've had work-stress related illness to regain confidence and get back into work or self employment via a safe and nurturing office environment. People going to Work Stress Solutions are offered a variety of courses and given sustainable commercially viable projects tailored to their skill sets which might include marketing and design assignments, video production, printing services etc. We are looking for more Trustees at the moment too :) so please get in touch if you are interested. Also, if there are any Ecademists who might want to take advantage of Work Stress Solution's commercial offerings (usually at heavily discounted rates) don't hesitate to contact them through their website. Phil Shepherd GOOISOFT Great minds think differently

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David Pitcher

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Hi Penny Brilliant ideas. I am here to help. More from me later. Best wishes David Pitcher Success Coach ....specialising in 'Life Design' +44 7835 212425 David@LifeDesignUK.com LIfeDesignUK.com

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Julia Porter

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Hi Penny I would love to be part of this, especially in the arena of 'Emotional Confidence'. As an educational teacher and mentor for over 15 years and currently now as a coach and entrepreneur myself - I find that this is often one of the most foundational stumbling blocks for people launching into anything new. I run courses and webinars on living and working from from a place of Greatness and their heart. I believe Emotional Confidence or Intelligence goes hand in hand with all those more concrete skills and knowledge needed to become self-employed. Best Julia www.emotionalspa.wordpress.com

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Eddington Pindura

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I think the real answer to your question here Penny is noone will be able to help people who have been made reduntant and not redundant people by the way, become self-employed and happy except themselves. I believe there is enough help as it is, enough opportunities, enough mentors etc, but unless these people deliberately choose to see this, unless they make a decision to change their lives, not anyone, or any opportunity can change their lives. This reminds me of my late dad who always used the proverb: you can take a horse to the river, but you can not make him drink. It's about mindset, let them change this first and they can help themselves become self-employed and happy! Eddington Pindura is an Internet Marketing Expert, whose mission is to help people how to use the internet to start their own home business or increase sales of a current business without wasting time on costly mistakes. If you would like to see the simple, duplicatable system he uses to make his living online and for your chance to receive a FREE REPORT - INSIDEOUT II ($49 value) just for checking us out... there is no risk, Just click on the banner below!

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Ian R McAllister

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Interesting post - and yes, my first comment on Ecad for a while! You are getting into something which is presently highly politically charged. The winners of the new DWP initiative "The Work Programme" were announced recently, which take over from a series of previous back to work programmes developed under Labour. While the old programmes were focused on streams of supply and getting people back into employment, the new WP is focused on continual employment, with bonuses based on how long the unemployed are then re-employed for. Interesting then that few of the programmes have a stream, let alone a well developed concept of self-employment. Perhaps that's because the bonus payments are difficult to claim if the person they got back into work is now self-employed, and secondly the stat's of successful self employment/start-up are low. This, which if you consider the development of the economic structure away from large scale corporate to more flexible project based, places the two at odd's with each other. I have applied to join the group, be interesting to see how this develops. There is a definitive (market) need in this area, and with the virtual destruction of the BusinessLink network, an ever widening gap of supply

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Milton Rodrigues

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Manufacturing, Retail, Local Govt ... Large Scale Redundancies !

Jane Norman Waterstones Thorntons Comet's owners contemplating ... Bombardier yesterday in Derby ... All Local Govt. Councils having been pruning Staff for years now ! Maybe some coming up @ News International by the look of things ?? ( Watchout for an explosive Session in Parliament today ! ) This RECESSION has been with us for a few years now, sadly. Going into PROPERTY was a Solution for many previously, but with Capital Depreciation & Mortgages requiring higher deposits ( 20 - 30% ) ... not an answer now ? This represents a Massive Opportunity for Supportive Business NetWorks to step up to the Plate & offer a Compelling Proposition to join up and actively participate & Learn ... ??? MILT.

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Lucas Wyrsch

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Dear Penny, Nobody is redundant! Paul Krugman may provide you with some elements: Inconceivabilities http://nyti.ms/mI4LZy Liquidity Trapped http://nyti.ms/kj9RhC What's In A Name? Reposted http://nyti.ms/iYuTSa "As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs - but only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment." - President Barack Obama After Fukushima, shouldn't we take nature more serious and start to invest into alternative, renewable sources of energy? Yes, we can help redundant people become self-employed and happy in the transition to clean energy that has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs! But as President Obama mentioned before Fukushima, only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment. In other terms, only if we phase out nuclear energy that is a job killer and invest instead into clean technology, thas is a job creator! Have a wonderful and prosperous time! Best - Lucas Join The Swiss Business Club - Join the GuanXi Game Club - Join the Risk Consulting Club - And Join Doing Business Virtually!

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Tina Jonasen

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Even if I am Danish, and know that there are several from the UK, who can do what I do, just as well, or better - I would love to support this great initiative!!! Thank you soo much for being you Penny - its wonderful of you to always be so concerned about the welfare of our members here!!! With these words I will leave you to a continued Glorious day & future Prosperous Networking,

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Ann Andrews CSP

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be absolutely honoured - ann Sign up to our fortnightly issue of Powertools; a regular supply of business ideas; business tips and business tools for growing your business and receive a copy of 'What Next?' 29 Successful Entrepreneurs Sharing Their Predictions for 2011 and 2012. An absolutely amazing book featuring Penny Power and Dr Ivan Misner Ann Andrews CSP The Corporate Tool-box Online Business and Training Resources

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Stephen Bailey

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Days to Bankruptcy is .......

one of the best pieces of advice I was given when I started out. It is the single most key Key Performance Indicator that any business should pay attention to, but especially crucial for new start ups and 1st timers. I reckon I could write a couple of paragraphs on it. Thanks Stephen Follow @Stephen_Bailey

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Allison Galbraith

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Penny and all I specialise in helping those made redundant choose the right path for them following redundancy then set up their own business (if that is the choice they make). The thing which sets those made redundant apart from others who start their own business:- - they are often 'reluctant' entrepreneurs. Their mindset and skillset does not naturally fall in to running their own business - they can often have talents and skills that have been forgotten or smothered by their corporate lives - their emotional starting point is different. They are recovering from the body blow of redundancy All power to Sally - you are starting with the right atitude - collaboration, confidence, competitive advantage and adding value are all key. And I agree with Nick - once I got over my wobbles, I found the quickest way to move forward was to make lots of phone calls to build relationships, contacts, ask for help or even business. There are lots of lovely people out there. But the most successful way for me has been face to face networking, and there are lots of ways to do that cheaply nowadays. I would love to be involved Penny and I'd be happy to include something either on the importance of and how to ask for help/build a support network or overcoming redundancy to build a successful business. Allison Allison Galbraith Moving you from Redundancy in to Business Success Email: allison@macintoshwright.co.uk Website: http://www.macintoshwright.co.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/Allison_M_G Facebook: http://tiny.cc/4psfF

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Ann Andrews CSP

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Penny hi - I was honoured recently to be invited to speak to the RNZ Air Force who were about to be told about massive cuts to the Defence budget, and which jobs were going as a result. They were naturally terrified. Being ex Navy and having been an HR manager who had the hideous task of making 18 computer engineers redundant as we moved from mainframe computers to the pc - I was able to share really positive thoughts with them about facing the future. We had a wonderful couple of hours together. I received a call from their senior officer the afternoon the cuts had been announced and she told me that the only disappointed people were the people who HADN'T been made redundant - they were champing at the bit to get out there and face the world. Yes some will succeed and others will have a hard road, but at least they all had insights as to their own talents and opportunities, rather than facing the situation with horror and dread. I would love to be part of the e-book if you think I can add value - yes I'm here in NZ and NO I don't necessarily know the British interventions possible for start-ups - but a lot of the challenges to do with redundancy are about attitude rather than anything else. Well done wonderful lady for taking the initiative to help people - ann Sign up to our fortnightly issue of Powertools; a regular supply of business ideas; business tips and business tools for growing your business and receive a copy of 'What Next?' 29 Successful Entrepreneurs Sharing Their Predictions for 2011 and 2012. An absolutely amazing book featuring Penny Power and Dr Ivan Misner Ann Andrews CSP The Corporate Tool-box Online Business and Training Resources

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RealSteveHolmes Fading away soon

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

The important thing here is that people come up with original ideas for their self-employment, since all the other channels are already clogged with too many service offerings. Original ideas for a one person business are few and far between. In order to save time and money, frustration and disappointment I would be happy to comment realistically on anyone's proposed new ideas. People who are new to self-employment usually exaggerate the profits available and often make a terrible mess of things. YOU DON'T KNOW ME -- YOU PROBABLY DON'T LIKE ME I DO NOT WANT YOU FOLLOWING ME I may invite you here if your "blogs" are interesting enough: New forum here.

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Carolyn Williams

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Happy to inspire, motivate and re ignite confidence for anyone who wants to accept help Penny. C:)x www.cardiffboardroom.co.uk www.lifestyle-online.co.uk

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Penny Power

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Thank you Jude, your skills and experience in this area will be very valuable We need to find someone who will create the e-book for us all, any thoughts? warm regards Penny Power Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School Helping you build social capital in your business and life Follow @pennypower Follow @pennypower I support:  

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Judith Germain

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

A great initiative Pen. I've been mentoring and consulting with business owners on how to build and leverage reputation for many years. This involves having the right business strategy, the right value proposition, as well as understanding the development and leverage of reputation. I'd be pleased to assist. I've applied to join the group. Take care Jude Follow @MaverickMastery Judith Germain - Reputation CatalystDynamic Transitions Ltd - Specialising in Leading through influence T: +44 (0) 208 288 0512; or jude@dynamic-transitions.co.uk for Leadership dRive™ - Reputation and Influence combined

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Nick Dewey

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Part of the issue is where to get advice and leads from. Many young people (like i used to be) fall into the trap of wanting to build a business and make bad investments as a result of bad advice. I think that there are many advice organizations, but I also feel that the advice organizations might be full of very nice well brought up people, but they can't provide any substantive advice, and are often rather limited in terms of knowledge and experience. The best advice that I could ever have received (if the advice organizations were bright enough to give it) would be 1) get on the phone and make 250 calls a day (making sure that the database is TPS screened and accurate data), organize well and nose to the grindstone. 2) don't do expensive face to face networking until you are running an established business. Teaching people a reality check in a way that is easy enough for them to hear is the most important thing to do. If ecademy could provide that advice, then it would be most beneficial. Nick Dutch Tarot Entertainer Twitter || Occult Videos || Tarot Reading VideosII Triond Blog Nick Dutch Tarot Reader in Oxfordshire | Promote Your Page Too

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Christopher BABAYODE

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It's a great idea. I think the more people get that we are going through a paradigm shift the more they will see that this is a permanent change, and give up on expecting a return to previous 'norms'. Any nudges to help them on this path are a good thing. I think an important point has been made, the mindset and willingness of the individual count as much if not more than any tools they can be supplied with. Has anyone met with a large number of these people to really understand what kind of reality they are experiencing now - some graduates I know still think the jobs should show up by themselves! Christopher Babayode - NoJetStress.com Wherever You Go P.H.A.R.E. Well Connect with me m. 07777 680 522 l. 001 77JET 70LAG w. nojetstress.com e. christopher@nojetstress.com

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Steven Ball

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Hi Penny One thing that is important to get across to anyone wanting to start their own business after redundancy is to think about building a business before the start it. This can be done quite quickly and needs to be written down to form the bases of an operations manual for the business. It can also be done prior to starting the business, role playing exactly what happens during say the sales process, what do we need to demonstrate to the target customer when we are in a meeting with them. From a process point of view it is important for them to think about, understand and write down: Their Core offering (what is it they can offer) Their Target Customers (who needs or wants what they offer) Creating the products or services that meet the Target Customer needs Then to create their business processes and a list of business needs and staff needs (I call these tasks and things): Design - What things do they need to have designed - Design needs come from working through marketing and sales tasks Marketing - What marketing activity can they afford right now Sales - Sales process, what are the stages and steps and how are they I going to persuade their Target Customer to part with their hard earned cash Delivery - How can they ensure that they consistently deliver excellence - by creating repeatable processes Customer Service - How can they turn my customer into "Raving Fan" eager to recommend them to everyone they come into contact with Operations and Administration - How can they leverage other peoples skills and/or technology so that they can concentrate on delivering the service - the bit that actually pays the bills and creates wealth If we can help them to get this right - do the thinking before they start the business they will stand a much better chance of succeeding at time of launch, and with the operations manual it is easy to scale the business when the market is ready to buy from it. I would be happy to help with guidance in this area. I am writing a book on the subject. It is a fairly simple repeatable process for the 5 different types of business. Steve

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Mark Duffy

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Hi Penny I'd love to help. We've spent over 20 years supporting start ups. I'd love to be involved. How do I join the group?? Mark Mark Duffy Duffy UK

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Georgina Lester

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Happy to offer what I can when I can Penny! Will apply to join now to see if I can fill a gap somewhere. Follow @Georgina_Lester

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Robert Oosthout

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Penny, I can support them and so can Doug Holman if he wants to and Edward Prriestley. Just ask them. I have applied to join your support group. Robert Oosthout Solicitor & Mediator Call me on +31 626 902 545

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Jane Lewis

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Hi Penny I've been made redundant twice (and both times it was a real benefit to my life in different ways). Both my masters dissertations are about small business, and for the last 10 years or so I've run a number of workshops on career development (hence the web site thecareersuccessdoctor.com) I would be happy to write 2-3 pages, particularly on mind set (what to do about the loneliness, naked fear, the 'what have I done'etc) that comes to many in the early dasy of self employment. Cheers Jane Dr Jane P Lewis Coach, teacher, consultant http://thecareersuccessdoctor.com http://janeplewisonline.com http://twitter.com/janeplewis Skype: humantransformation

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Laurence Lowne

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I have been helping people become self employed for over 12 yrs

Initially on a part time basis, but now more people are seeking full time offers. Very importantly though people need to understand there is a future, and simply the ending one career can often be the start of new one, which is often more satisfying than the previous one. There are a number of people, who directly give advice on taking the next step in my geographic area, but regretfully, there are also a number of organisations, who have seen their funding cut, just when it is needed. Happy to contribute. Laurence NABO Networking Launched in Croydon - Friday 3 June 2011 - next meeting 15 July 2011 details here http://nabo-networking-croydon.eventbrite.com Telephony & Utility Expense Management See what French and Saunders have to say. Home and business users are missing out on major savings by paying too much for gas, electricity, broadband, mobile and landline calls & line rental. Call 0844 826 1730 or email to find out how much you could save and obtain real value for money or visit our regularly updated blog Why not ask about the CashBack card direct savings of between 3% & 7% and could be worth 20 to 25% off your utility bill - details here plus the NEW Find Me The Cheapest - click on Shop and Save, then the separate tab, also check out this Marketplace listing. Other services include: Professional Call Answering and creating additional income streams.

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Sally Hilton

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

I'm exactly in this position and have just joined Ecademy so feel free to use me as a guinea pig if you need. The issues and techniques you identify for your ebook, I'm sure are right but the thing for me is identifying how to add value and competitive advantage in setting up a business in the first place and finding collaborators to work with. I'm sure confidence comes into this too and although I'm no longer 21, I refuse to believe my age is against me. Sally

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Ian Watts

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Hi Penny, I'm quite happy for Ecademy to offer the guide as a download once I've had the chance to update it. It was originally written 3 years ago and needs a bit of work now. I'll let you read it before hand because I'm not known for following text book answers. One thing that I discovered during the project I spoke of was that it is very unfair to encourage someone to start their own business when it is clear, for many possible reasons, that they don't have a cat's chance of succeeding. Personal drive and desire to succeed no matter what are just two that spring to mind. Realism is another. Ian Watts Don't wait for things to happen - Make them happen ! www.a2zsecuritygroup.com

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Penny Power

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Interesting to read this People Over 35 Have Recently Launched 80% Of Startups It has been RT'd 975 times so far! warm regards Penny Power Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School Helping you build social capital in your business and life Follow @pennypower Follow @pennypower I support:  

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Rajen Business & Digital Coach & Mentor Kantaria

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Am ready to assist too in this endeavour....maybe in being Happy AND self employed!!:) I think to motivate someone to undertake a useful task even if not at first self employed would be good too so they do not feel "useless", a conditoon that can quickly dvelop Rajen Kantaria Empowering Choices

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Douglas Buchan

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

The biggest problem today is the education that people have had, from age 5 to 17/18 they are at school then until age 22 -27 at University and all the time they are being taught to get educated so they can find a job. Well that is alright if it was still the industrial age but things have changed we are noe in the information age and people have to realise it is up to them to find a way of earning a living. I spend a lot of time talking to people about income opportunities, and I go over with them Robert Kiyosaki's Cash Flow Quadrant. The business I am in gives me a pure residual based income and I can show people exactly how to get away from linear income where they trade time for money to a place where they can get money working for them. My business is all about people helping people and is a business where they can be earning while they are learning, and be in business for themselves but not by themselves. This is very important, because the failure rate for new start up businesses is so high. What we teach is a very simple system, and it is usually the lack of a system that brings the self employed business owner down. I work from home so there are no extra costs in starting this type of business and there is an opportunity for a very large number of people who are looking for a new income stream, but and it is a big but, they have to be prepared to work, they have to have a wide vision about where they want their life to go and who are prepared to work at achieving their dream. "It is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent BUT the one most responsive to CHANGE" ………..Charles Darwin That comment from Charles Darwin sums up perfectly conditions today, things are changing so people must change, things like thoughts, attitude, dreams, work ethic etc. After all we are just another species on this planet and if things change around us we must change to continue to fit in. Regards, Douglas Buchan

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Gordon Wheaton

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I will be happy to help if I can Penny. I will join the group Regards Gordon

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Douglas Woods

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Facing redundancy and the prospect of becoming self-employed ... that's quite a daunting situation to be in. For some people the prospect of change can be quite frightening and may be they look to and need support. Perhaps becoming self-employed is too much of a first step so maybe you want other people to come along with you. Having other people with you can be great for support but then you face another problem ... do you set up a company? Suddenly, things have got much more daunting. Let's take a step back, if you and other colleagues set yourselves up as self-employed, you are taking your own destiny in your own hands to a large extent. Yet, that does not mean you cannot work together to support and help each other. With more than one person working as a team, you have greater contacts, greater experience and expertise to call upon. Add into this, the presence of existing self-employed people who may be in a position to help you. Ah, suddenly again, your situation doesn't seem quite so daunting. You do not have to set up a company and learn the ways of big business but that does not mean you cannot act co-operatively. Douglas Woods Technology in Education and Training Always seeking opportunities

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David Holroyd-Doveton

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Penny, I would love to help. Over the last few months I have supported Ecademy in many events including a couple of Business Start Up shows and the Social Media World Forum to name just a few. What has amazed me at the shows is the number of people both young and old who are looking to go into business for themselves. While a number of them new exactly what they were going to do and where they were going a similar amount were not too sure and needed a lot of help to start them on their journey. Not all of them would be suitable to the world of being self employed, lacking the discipline and the drive that will be necessary to ensure that they succeed. On the other hand I met a number of people who would make a great success of going it alone. They must however do it for the right reason. Being made redundant and having a bit of funding behind them is not enough. I look at the many mistakes that I made when I went it alone some 17 years ago. And I supposedly did it the easy way with a franchise. Little did I know was that even franchises have their own interest at heart before that of the franchisee. Having some independent as a Mentor and advisor when starting up in business will really make all the difference and I fully support your effort to get something like this off the ground. Surely the governments initiative of using the Banks to play this role is somewhat flawed? I will be happy to play a role, using my experiences, most very positive and a few not so positive, to help my niche area of the over 50's go it alone. So count me in. David Ecademy Digital Coach david.doveton@positivepd.co.uk Direct Tel: 01245 299152 Mob: 07881 924 159 Positive Print & Design Limited Unit 3. Kingsdale Business Centre Regina Road, Chelmsford CM1 1PE Tel: 01245 299150 Fax: 01245 299151 email: info@positivepd.co.uk www.positivepd.co.uk

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Maurice Watts, the Marketer

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I can help but PLEASE STOP calling people ......................

.................... redundant! They are not redundant - they are still perfectly valid people. Their job or post has been made redundant - not them! Its a mind set thing, but very important. Furthermore it wasn't personal even if it felt like it. Who ever sat in that 'chair' was going irrespective. What would I know? I've had my job made redundant 4 times so far. I've marketed, trained and help set up 26 Outplacement Consultancies and 9 Recruitment Consultancies. I've worked as an expert witness in various Personal Injury cases considering ,amongst other issues, the chances of the clients working and if so what at. I know quite a bit about setting up and running businesses as a Marketer and have worked with many startups over the last 25 years or so. My DMS thesis (judged and viva'd by Henley Management College) was on "Starting a small business - the case for and against". I'm now working with Rupert Honeywood on his Personal Development Bureau aimed at helping ex Services police and Government employees seeking work due to redundancy and end of contract issues. I'm happy to see how I can help - as ever Regards - Maurice  Melville Marketing Book & Haiku Ringtone"Haiku From a Celtic Heart"!

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Penny Power

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Thank you Ian I agree 100% - a huge topic Would we be allowed to offer your guide as a pdf download when we create the resource on Ecademy? Would you be willing to do 3 page article that could go in the ebook? Penny x warm regards Penny Power Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School Helping you build social capital in your business and life Follow @pennypower Follow @pennypower I support:  

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Ian Watts

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Hi Penny, There are many aspects of starting and running your own business which I don't believe are covered by your headings but very important to anyone doing it. I developed a training package, complete with manual, for a Business Link funded programme and took around 400 people through that in 3 years so I hope I might be able to help. It also gave me great insight into their fears and actual positions at startup time - very different often from what the text books say about it. I agree with Jim, starting a business is not easy and anyone doing it needs a lot of support from friends and family. At the end of the day bank managers have a job to do and it doesn't generally include welfare support. Good luck with this Ian Watts Don't wait for things to happen - Make them happen ! www.a2zsecuritygroup.com

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Martin Mc Afee

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Be careful what you wish for here guys, in three to five years time when there is so much competition from other self employed people in our respective fields where will we run to??? Hugh Martin

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Jim Tuffin

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Hi Penny, I'm not sure how I can assist as I have no experience of being made redundant. Of course having been seriously ill for 18 months and not able to work, at 61 finding a job is almost impossible. I guess that's much the same as being made redundant! Trying to start your own business is not as easy as it might seem. Most people who have worked all their lives for someone else have specific skills taken from those jobs. Running a business requires a lot more skills than they probably have. I think your idea is great Penny, and if together the group can help just one person get their business going then the group will have achieved something. Just for your information I have been working on an idea called Mentor Power (www.mentor-power.com) which is designed to help small businesses progress. I'm by myself on this one, but if you or Ecademy would be interested in looking at the idea in more detail I'm game. I've joined your group. Best wishes Jim Tuffin Home: 02380-361-648 - Mob: 07890-328-768 - Sky: BIZTIME If you would like to be on my Personal Database, so I can find you when I need your services - Click HERE

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Malcolm Smith

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

As someone who has spent the last ten years working with unemployed over50s under flexible new deal and now those threatened with redundancy under R2R an EEDA/ESF funded project I believe I have some relevant input. I have also worked for the Prince's Trust supporting young adults into self-employment. My argument has always been that many people who are totally unsuited to self-employment are pressured into it because they feel that over the age of 50 their age will be against them in the workplace. Through my Workshops Unleashing the Power of Experience we show how Age is no Barrier to Work. I am happy to talk with anyone at threat of redundancy in the East of England to show how my Workshops can help you in a positive career move. http://www.fiftyoneast.co.uk email fiftyoneast@gmail.com

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Keith Lawrence

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Hi Penny, As you know, my business helps people to start up, build & profit from their businesses, so happy to discuss at some point how we can help you with this... Best regards, Keith Keith Lawrence Lawrence Young Ltd - Business Accountants & Tax Advisers www.lawrenceyoung.co.uk +44 7788 148231 / +44 1256 811415

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Valerie "Positive Energy" Lothian

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Hello there Penny, This is a timely post you have written. I was just having this conversation with a friend only last week about helping job centre job seekers with help and support. I currently present workshops and 1-2-1 sessions at the City Business Library, Guildhall to their business owner attendees. From these sessions, it turns out that their business development challenges are not just professional ones, they include personal issues too, that many professionals do not want (for whatever reasons), to help them address. Keep me posted of developments and add my name to your list. I would also be interested in the supportive, stress-relief book contribution side of helping them build their business. Regards, Valerie. Valerie Lothian, Author and Creator of Fairy Dust Networking Internet Traffic List Building Focusivity Simple Networking that Rewards Performance "Challenge, Control and Motivate": "Turning Your Professional, Financial & Personal Stress into Positive Energy!".

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Stan Broadhurst

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

Love it Penny ... would assist if I thought I could be useful.. may I join the group ?? " I believe that Ecademy is the best community for these people. We are open, supportive and embrace new people beautifully as a community. What is needed is a guide and a place for them to come to inorder to get some coaching, mentoring and friendship. We should also ensure that the market knows that ecademy is a great place to come for support and this form of networking"" Agreed ..... but .... My big question is how might you get them here ???? Best to everyone ..Stanb

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Kapil Kapur

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Who can help redundant people become self-employed and happy!

I would like to add a section on something like "managing your data and information" - which is not really covered by the IT headings you have given. Things like setting up a customer database, the value of a sales tool, managing your invoices (are you being paid on time ???). thanks kaps

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Andy Lopata

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I've joined the group Penny. I will contribute as best I can. Andy Lopata Business Networking Strategist Keynote Speeches - Training - Consultancy "One of Europe's leading business networking strategists." Mike Southon, The Financial Times 07930 417833 andy@lopata.co.uk Sign up to receive 3-weekly networking and referral tips at www.lopata.co.uk.

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Penny Power

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Thank you so much Andy I forgot to put a link into the Blog for the Group It is HERE, if you can join that then we can continue the conversation there as well, i more detail You are certainly the right man for the Networking advice, great news warm regards Penny Power Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School Helping you build social capital in your business and life Follow @pennypower Follow @pennypower I support:  

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Andy Lopata

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I'd be happy to lend my support Penny. I run sessions on how to network to find a job on a regular basis for BBC staff being made redundant and have done the same thing for a couple of charities. Andy Lopata Business Networking Strategist Keynote Speeches - Training - Consultancy "One of Europe's leading business networking strategists." Mike Southon, The Financial Times 07930 417833 andy@lopata.co.uk Sign up to receive 3-weekly networking and referral tips at www.lopata.co.uk.

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