In 2017 I signed up for the Supporting the Unsung Hero, the Armed Forces Business Start-up Programme. As a Business graduate and Chartered Accountant you could say that I know a thing or two about business. In my day job, I even advised entrepreneurs about starting up.
Why could I just not take that leap of faith and start up my own business? While I recognised my abilities as a Chartered Accountant, I had always worked in teams, I always had admin support and I never had to do any selling.
Supporting The Unsung Hero course content
The first part of the Supporting the Unsung Hero Programme is structured over 2 days where real entrepreneurs cover business planning and marketing using their real life experience.
The second part of the Programme is structured over 2 days the next month. Using the month in between, I had done my market research and put a business plan together. For the next 2 days, we covered Finance (yay!) and Selling & networking.
The Armed Forces Chartered Accountant
Why did I set up a Chartered Accountant business focusing on the Armed Forces community needs? My market research revealed that while there had been an increase in Armed Forces community enterprise, there was also a distinct lack of qualified and experienced advisers…. well not any more.
Supporting The Unsung Hero is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year. I am proud that I have been made an ambassador of the programme.
Are you ready to start up?
If you are thinking of starting up, I have created a handy printable checklist that you can download here:
If you are an Armed Forces dependent, veteran or reservist, the Supporting The Unsung Hero programme is free to you as it is funded by HSBC. The Supporting The Unsung Hero programme is run throughout the year at various locations. Please visit their website for more information.