It’s Volunteers Week and we are celebrating the huge difference that volunteers make to our clients. One such volunteer is Adrian Saull, a professional Business Start-up Coach who volunteers with St Mungo’s each week to share his skills and experience with clients who wish to develop their business ideas. Here he explains how he helps clients on a day to day basis and why it’s all about building confidence.
Thursdays and Fridays at St Mungo’s are the highlight of my week.
I’ve been a Business Start-up Coach at St Mungo’s for three years now and I’m completely hooked; it’s very rewarding and enjoyable.
We receive referrals, from anywhere in St Mungo’s, for clients that want to find out about starting their own business or who have started but need some help.
The project includes support in developing a business plan and the opportunity to pitch to the St Mungo’s “Dragons” for a small start-up grant.
Most of my time is spent in one-to-one sessions with clients where we discuss product ideas, how viable they are, how it impacts their lifestyle, and time commitments.
Clients often have specific questions or needs including how to develop a business plan, how to get more customers, and what book keeping records need to be kept for tax returns. We talk things through,
mostly leaving the client to develop their ideas between sessions.
It’s my job to encourage clients to focus on goals and see each step as positive progress towards the desired result.
Not all clients will start a business but all may benefit from the project. Clients can be at various points on their journey when I meet them and I encourage them to move forward, helping to improve confidence and self-esteem along the way.
This is what is really important.