I've been a little quiet on the blog here and on social media in general the last few weeks, which is mainly because I've been busy managing and posting on the accounts of my clients. I've recently picked up a large piece of work with my old friends at The PopUp Business School who are currently putting together one of their biggest events to date. I love working with these guys because their passion and enthusiasm for what they do is just so infectious that I can't help leaving any meeting with them with a massive smile on my face. Their whole ethos is 'Make Money - Do Good - Have Fun' which from what I've seen is the best way to be in business.
They specialise in helping people start businesses from nothing, without spending any money, inspiring them to turn what they love doing into an income. I first met them when they invited me to deliver a series of talks at one of their events in Birmingham in 2013, before I'd really thought of turning my passion for social media into a full-time business. It's safe to say that I learned more about starting a business in a fresh new way in my 4 days with them than I'd ever considered possible. I simply wouldn't be in business today if I hadn't met them when I did. They've also been a continual source of support and inspiration ever since.
So when they got in touch with me about helping with their social media campaigns and their next big event, I literally jumped at the chance to work with them again. And their next big event, which we're calling #PopUpReading certainly is big! They've partnered with West Berkshire Council, Jobcentre Plus, Reading UK CIC, Hammerson and The Oracle shopping centre in Reading, to run a two-week long event from 29th February 2016, helping local people to start their own businesses. Tickets to this amazing opportunity are completely free for everyone and The Oracle have also donated one of their stores in the heart of the shopping centre as the venue. So not only will people be able to attend a whole two week programme of business workshops, but they'll also be able to sell their products and services directly from the store.
It's an amazing opportunity for budding entrepreneurs or anyone that's considered becoming self-employed but don't know where to start. I'll be there delivering a talk on 4th March 2016 about the lessons I've learned with my own business, as well as offering advice on how to leverage social media for your business. I'll also be there live-tweeting, streaming video, capturing content for their ongoing campaigns and generally supporting all the attendees and speakers, so feel free to drop by for a chat!
The full workshop schedule and registration for FREE tickets to the event are available here and you can keep up to date with the team, the event and engage with us through social media on the channels below. Hope to see you at #PopUpReading!