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StartUp Secrets for home workers

Emma Jones' StartUp Secrets, How to Work from Home - The Inside GuideI’m very much looking forward to the next How to Work from Home – The Inside Guide meet-up at Central on Thursday 27 October. Our guest this month is Emma Jones, who founded the website Enterprise Nation from her home in Shrewsbury in 2006 to help people starting and growing a business at home. Enterprise Nation rapidly grew a large community and within a few years Emma was being asked to advise government on small business.

This year she has co-founded StartUp Britain, the campaign by successful entrepreneurs to get more businesses started, and has been travelling round the country in a double-decker bus spreading the startup word far and wide! Emma spoke on the main stage at the recent Conservative Party conference and is in demand as a speaker at leading conferences and events (like The BIG Jelly in March this year!)

We’re deliberately restricting the number of places at the event (so book yours here quickly!) to retain the informal, conversational atmosphere we’ve created at the meet-ups, and so that all attendees get a chance to ask Emma their own questions. She is down-to-earth and open as well as being extremely knowledgeable, so I’m anticipating another fun and inspiring evening like the recent ones with Clare Flynn Levy, James Layfield and San Sharma.

Emma will be talking about her amazing success and the factors she believes have contributed to it, and which you can use too to reach your business goals. I wonder whether she’ll mention the role of family as a launchpad for the successful would-be entrepreneur? I worked with her mum, Fay Easton, on the organisation of The BIG Jelly earlier this year and learnt a huge amount from her in doing so. Fay runs Enterprise HQ, a contemporary workhub stylishly carved out of an old industrial building in Coalport, Shropshire, and works tirelessly for her local business community. Surely having an entrepreneurial parent has got to give you a headstart?

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  1. Fay Easton says:

    Thanks for the kind words on ‘entrepreneur-parenting’, the years of mixing home and enterprise had a different effect on my son who wouldn’t go within a mile of starting his own business! But agree with your overall premise that the family environment is one of the powerful drivers of entrepreneurship. Hope you have a great evening and look forward to seeing you at a Central event very soon

  2. judy says:

    Interesting, Fay! Maybe it gives youngsters a head start on understanding the realities of running your own business whereas other people with no direct experience might be seduced by the more attractive aspects and find out the rest the hard way!