During difficult times it is often time for reflection and change. The COVID 19 Pandemic is no different with many finding their circumstances changing dramatically. Whether furloughed from work, finding themselves out of work for the first time in a long time, or juggling multiple roles, it will no doubt have meant many are questioning whether now is the time to look at a different way of working.
Self-employment for many is a dream they keep in their back pocket wondering if they could ever take a leap. The draw of managing their own hours, being their own boss or driving a business in the way their values see fit can be appealing. But knowing how to go about it and understanding what is involved can sometimes be daunting.
For residents of Greater Manchester the opportunity to pull this dream out of their pocket and truly evaluate whether starting a business is the right step for them comes in the form of ‘Kickstarter Manchester’. Part funded through European Regional Development Fund as part of the ‘Excelerate Labs’ business support programme, this seven day challenge launches next week and will cover all aspects of getting your idea off the ground.
With a mix of live zoom mentoring and bitesize online learning that can be picked up at your own pace, the flexible programme invites those living in Greater Manchester with a business dream to see if they can turn it into a reality across a 7 day start up challenge.
Led by enterprise experts Mike Marsden and Ameena Ahmed the Kickstart Manchester programme will include: