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Still out of work, realising that I might not be entitled to social welfare, knowing that I wanted to start a business but having no idea what I wanted to do I decided to apply for the NDRC LaunchPad programme. The only thing I knew was that I needed to get on this programme in order to move forward. It seemed like the next logical step. So I took a week to do a lot of research, come up with an idea and completed the registration forms. I had no partner and no clue if I stood a chance. The luck was on my side and a few days before I was called to present my idea, I met Claire Burge, an entrepreneur that just sold her own business and offered to help me out. We have done the pitch together and fortunately won a place in the LaunchPad programme.
The programme started on the 5th of September for 3 months and at the same time… I decided to move in with my boyfriend.
Don’t engage in more than one stressful activity at a time.
I guess I was a bit naive thinking that moving in with my boyfriend was going to help me a lot. Don’t get me wrong, it did help to have someone that believed in me when I was coming home wrecked and stressed and having no idea how I was going to pull things through. At the same time I didn’t account for the accommodation period when each of us had our own patterns and habits and we were driving each other crazy trying to change or find a way to work together (I have to say it takes a while when each of us is really stubborn).
Going back to Launchpad I started the program with a specific path in mind, having milestones and a plan of how to deliver the minimum viable product by the end of the 3 months… You can already guess that this wasn’t going to be the case. I didn’t account for all the time we were going to spend in workshops and meetings... I didn’t account for the pivots and business plans or for the product – market fit.
What are the rules and life lessons you have learned the hard way? I’m really interested in your wisdom… so please drop a line below.Always add 1/3 more time for development and 2 times more time for defining the concept and product – market fit.
1. My Experience of Starting a Business
2. Create Your Own Opportunities
3. Take Some Time Off