Vanity Bites ready to launch...
“Friendly, trustworthy and immediate business advice just when I needed it”
Lauren Grover, Vanity Bites, New business start-up / Mi Ventures user
Although in a great job with good career prospects, Lauren Grover’s heart was always somewhere else. After years of dreaming about starting her own vegan, cruelty-free health and beauty online retail store, Lauren finally embarked on the journey of self-employment.
First stop, writing a business plan - that’s just a simple document right? Wrong. It soon became apparent to Lauren that a business plan required a lot more in-depth thought and information than anticipated. Before discovering Mi Ventures, Lauren first searched on Google for guidance and advice, as most of us do. She soon found herself lost in a minefield of information - confused at what information was right and whether it was from a trustworthy source. Lauren said:
“Internet search engines are a fantastic resource of information however there are times when no amount of trawling through business forums will provide the answer I am looking for. I’m so glad that I found the Mi Ventures chat service when I did as it provided me with friendly, trustworthy and immediate business advice just when I needed it, so I could get on with my business planning!”
Lauren sought help from Mi Ventures, available free of charge to her as a resident of East Hertfordshire Council. Speaking to a business advisor via live chat, she soon got the support and advice needed for her to write her own business plan as well as the answers to a whole range of other start-up questions:
“The advisor helped me to understand every aspect of my plan and what I needed to document. It’s still something I refer to now to make sure I’m on track. Even yesterday I was updating the cashflow to make sure I wasn’t splurging business cash that would get me into trouble a few months down the line. The live chat service is friendly, fast and the advisors are never patronising. It’s very accessible for people to use - a great tool for start-ups!”
Now, some months later - with the help of Mi Ventures, Lauren has created a solid business plan and is confident she is ready to launch her new enterprise, Vanity Bites, in the coming months:
“Sometimes the simplest of problems can escalate into confusion. Self-doubt can trigger a range of questions. Mi Ventures is an open door that I can always go to when I need to check if I’m doing things right. The facility has been fantastic for the start-up phase of my business and I know it will also prove useful for the future, I’ve always got professional advice at hand when I need it!”
For more information on Vanity Bites visit www.vanitybites.com.
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