It doesn’t matter whether you are in charge of a team, project or enterprise. We all need to reach out for  HELP from time to time. See below some handy information to support you.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

 

HELPLINES/ORGANISATIONS

Mental Health Supports by Ronah O'Reilly
Helpline Numbers by Ronah O'Reilly

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUPPORT INFO

THERE ARE  MANY PARTS TO RUNNING A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE:

FROM CREATING AND TESTING YOUR IDEA,  DECIDING YOUR LEGAL STRUCTURE,  HIRING VOLUNTEERS, ACCESSING FUNDING & SO MUCH IN BETWEEN.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS  TO GET YOU STARTED.

3 HELPFUL DOCUMENTS

1.  A Lean Canvas

2.  A Business Plan

3.  A Strategic Plan

 

There are a number of excellent documents templates to help  you on your journey.

Tip: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

 

 

 

DECIDE   LEGAL STRUCTURE

This is one of the trickiest decisions a social entrepreneur will make. The most common legal structure amongst SE’s in Ireland is CLG.

There are other options.

A social enterprise can also be a for profit company (eg Ltd), contrary to common belief.

Tip: Get Expert Advice

 

 3 EDUCATIONAL SUPPORTS

1. The Wheel Training

2. The SE Toolkit

5. The Governance Code

 

There are a vast array of  supports and tools that you can access which you may not be aware of.

Tip: Ask for Help

 

 3 FREE TOOLS 

1. Canva

2. Facebook

3. Barterchain

 

Only a snapshot of SO MANY!

 

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN YOUR SE IS YOU

Mind yourself, ask for help and create a good support network around you.

Get in touch below if I can be of support.

  5 TIPS TO START YOUR SE

1. Have the right mindset

2. Do a business plan

3. Carry out Research

4. Know your competitors

5. Choose business structure

 

 

MY VIEWS ON...

ENTERPISE PROGRAMMES

As a SE Founder, access an Enterprise Start Up Programme if you can.  The learnings are invaluable. The SEI Academy, UCC Ignite and  New Frontiers  are programmes I can recommend as a social entrepreneur.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE FUNDING

Access to SE Funding in Ireland  is limited and  is a very  competitive process.  The most important point is that you do not become overly reliant on funding but create your own revenue streams to become self sustainable.