It was great to mark the occasion of 5 years in business in Kent, this month with people who we have had the pleasure of working with on their recruitment needs, as well as professionals looking for a flexible position, and all the other people we have met who have been a great support to us since we started. The local business and professional community has been an integral part to our success story and the network has served us well, helping us to meet new clients, find new premises and learn from our mistakes along the way !
We are very aware that many new businesses fail within the first 5 years and are delighted to have survived these scary statistics. We would attribute our success to several factors one is the outstanding community of local professionals we are proud to work with finding them their next role, and some other rules we worked towards as a new business starting out. Here are just a few of our thoughts for any other new businesses just starting up.
- Prepare for the unexpected. We have always kept our overheads low and managed our cash flow. Even saved for that rainy day. When we first started things were still recovering from the financial crisis of 2008 little did we know that Brexit was on the horizon !
- Connect. Spend time getting to know the local business community, or connect with industry groups. This has been a valuable way of learning from others and tapping into skills we don’t have within our own organisation. People are very forthcoming and love to talk about their specific skills and expertise. This has helped widen our network of potential clients and referral partners. Our local Chamber of commerce was a great place to start.
- Love what you do. I know this sounds simple but you need to be motivated to get out of bed in the morning, the buck stops with you after all. We still practice what we preach and the whole team here have a flexible working pattern which is why we got into this in the first place.
Thankfully we are very passionate about what we do and hope to continue helping people achieve their goals. If we can help you achieve your goals of finding a flexible role or building a flexible team get in touch. In the meantime bring on the 10 year celebration !