Posted: Mon 30th Oct 2023
Welcome to Enterprise Nation! You've already taken your first steps towards achieving your business goals!
No matter what stage your business is at, we want to make sure that you're making the most of your membership. And to do just that, as Enterprise Nation's community manager, here are the first five steps I recommend you should take when you join.
1. Build your profile
Let's get started. Completing your profile will allow you to network and promote your business successfully. Your profile will introduce you and your business to the rest of the Enterprise Nation community.
Top tips for creating your profile:
Upload a good-quality profile image: People connect with people, so show your face! Don't be tempted to use a company logo.
Write a descriptive – but not too lengthy – bio: Keep it concise. Tell us about your business, what stage you're at, and what support you need.
Tag the categories and topics you need support with: You'll have been asked to provide this information when you created your membership. You can update these via your settings tab.
Add your social media profiles: Boost your social media profiles by adding them to your Enterprise Nation account for fellow members of the community to discover.
2. Join a group and introduce yourself
Joining a group when you first join our community is a fantastic way to find your tribe, connect with a like-minded audience and seek the support you need from fellow entrepreneurs.
Browse our groups today, and don't be afraid to introduce yourself, your business and what support you're seeking.
Top tip: Browsing group members in each group is a great way to locate members and advisers with a shared interest.
3. Attend a small business local meet-up
Whether you're a budding entrepreneur, building your business or running a small venture, our free online networking groups offer a space for you to connect with people who are in the same boat as you.
We know that being an entrepreneur can feel lonely, but that couldn't be further from the truth! With an estimated 5.6 million small and medium-sized businesses in the UK alone, our networking groups are a space for you to connect with fellow business owners and find and share the support you need.
Discover your nearest networking group via the drop-down menu.
Top tip: We get that networking can be a nerve-inducing process. Introducing yourself in your chosen areas group is a great way to get started ahead of your first call.
Each call is run by a dedicated Local Leader representing Enterprise Nation. You'll find their profiles attached to each area on the drop-down page. Why not connect with your Local Leader ahead of the call to introduce yourself?
4. Register for a Lunch and Learn webinar
Do you want to discover daily events that'll teach you cutting-edge skills, best practice for your industry, and so much more? Sign up for a 30-minute Lunch and Learn webinar today!
Presented by vetted and trusted advisers, our daily webinars (Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 12.30 pm) cover a variety of topics for you to learn from.
Top tip: Unable to make the session on the day? Registering for the webinar will make sure you receive a follow-up email containing a recording from the day's event.
What's more, we have a whole host of archived Lunch and Learn recordings instantly available for you to access whenever suitable for you via our on-demand channel.
5. Match to a service
We have a multitude of advisers who are ready to provide the support you need, whatever your business's pain points may be.
This is your chance to learn more about how your chosen adviser can help your business. Feel free to book calls with more than one adviser, as this will help you find the person you feel can best support your business.
Please note that advisers do charge for their services (after the free discovery call).
Top tip: Remember, discovery calls are for you to discuss the potential to work with your chosen adviser. They aren't a chance to request 30 minutes of their service free of charge, so please be respectful.
Enterprise Nation exists to serve you as a one-stop-shop for all your small business needs – we can't wait to see what you'll do with it!