Running a food business can be a lonely affair and having a support network to call on from fellow food businesses, to share the journey - the highs and lows is so crucial.
If you run your business from home, or if you’re a one person start up, it’s easy to become isolated and feel alone. Family and friends are great but they don’t always understand the path we are on and are not always best qualified to give us advice and guidance.
It’s so important as you launch and grow your business to prioritise building a support network. Those people you can call on and turn to when you’re experiencing a difficult patch in your business or just need some advice. But equally - your cheerleader squad - those people who will rejoice with you when you bag that coveted client and help you to celebrate the wins.
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Two ways that I have found that have helped me to build my network have been through in person meet ups and online memberships.
I go into a bit more detail on both of these below
1. In person meet ups for food entrepreneurs
When I first started my business there were very few resources, events for the food industry. This has changed in recent years, with the likes of Bread & Jam, Enterprise Nation and Virgin Start Up putting on events focusing on the food start up / growth journey. Alongside a host of more local events.
For a long time I wanted to organise my own series of events and recently I was excited to host my first event in Luton. The photos in this blog post are from that event.
The event was an amazing success, and so much fun. In amongst all the talk of retailers, margins and packaging there was laughter. Lots of laughter.
If you’re interested in joining us for our next meet up then do come and join my Facebook group for Food Entrepreneurs to get all the details on tickets when they are released.
2. Online Membership for Food Entrepreneurs
As a busy food entrepreneur it’s not always easy to take time out of the business to attend events as much as we would like to. Also geography can make it difficult to take part if you don’t live near London or a big urban centre where most of the events seem to take place. In this case, an online membership might be perfect for you.
Generally, online memberships offer a range of benefits including training, masterclasses, coaching and other activities to help you grow your business or tackle a specific area of your business.
Online memberships vary in price but generally are an affordable way of working with a coach who’s 1-2-1 or bespoke packages might be more expensive or beyond your reach depending on the stage of business you’re in.
I’ve been in a few memberships in my time and the most powerful part of them has been the community. It’s finding a tribe of people who are on the same journey as you and being able to form friendships across geography and to some degree - time.
It’s for these reasons that I set up the Food Entrepreneur Academy for female food entrepreneurs and created the kind of membership I wish I’d had when I was running my food business.
The Food Entrepreneur Academy membership will give you:
All this for just £30 per month. As the membership grows and I add more trainings & resources, the price will likely increase. But if you sign up today, you will only ever pay £30 per month for as long as you remain a member. (Please note that if you are reading this post in the future, the price may have increased).
If you’re a female food entrepreneur and are thinking that this sounds like just what you need then you can get more info here.
I’d love to have you in the membership so I can continue to work with you closely and help you grow your business. If you’ve been thinking about signing up - now’s the time to do it before the price increases. There’s no tie in so you’re free to leave at any time if you find its not for you.
But don't just take my word for it. Here are some testimonials from food entrepreneurs just like you who I have worked with.
I hope this blog post have given you some ideas on how you too can build a support network for your business both online and offline.
Til the next time
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