S11E04: Building a Business

Together with special guest hosts Claire Fry and Lorraine Finch we take a walk on the private practice side of conservation: what’s it like starting and running a business? Kloe has a zillion questions as Jenny airs her insecurities as a new business owner, while Claire and Lorraine share their entrepreneurial insights with us all. From networking to number crunching, we cover a lot of ground in this one!

00:01:50 How many conservators are self-employed?
00:07:04 The value of business support
00:14:24 Support structures: financial and emotional
00:18:36 You make the rules – and ALL the decisions
00:22:02 Insurance, cash flow, and pensions
00:28:12 Taxes and the joys of accountancy
00:32:48 Getting your name out there
00:40:05 Estimates don’t last forever
00:42:33 Value your work, expertise, and time
00:47:22 Working with others
00:54:31 What’s the best thing about running a business?
00:55:17 Quick addendum

Show Notes:
– Find Claire on LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/clairefry1
– Spencer and Fry: https://www.spencerandfry.co.uk/
– Lorraine Finch: https://lfcp.co.uk/ and https://uk.linkedin.com/in/lorraine-finch-8ba97540
– Jenny’s business: https://kuriosa.co.uk/
– Find support in your local area: https://www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline
– Business & IP Centre: https://www.bl.uk/business-and-ip-centre
– Natwest Women in Business Support: https://www.natwest.com/business/business-services/women-in-business.html
– S02E03 Freelancing: https://thecword.show/2017/09/22/s02e03-freelancing/
– Jenny’s insurance broker: https://www.artinsurance.co.uk/
– Nest pensions: https://www.nestpensions.org.uk/
– Aviva pension for the self-employed: https://www.aviva.co.uk/retirement/retirement-planning/self-employed-pension/
– Xero accounting software: https://www.xero.com/uk/
– The Conservation Register: https://www.conservationregister.com/
– Museum Freelance report: https://fairmuseumjobs.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/36a00-museumfreelancesurveyfindingsandinsight2020.pdf
– Running a community interest company in conservation: https://natsca.blog/2021/12/16/starting-a-social-business-connect-conserve-cyswllt-cadwraeth-cymru/
– Lorraine’s book: https://lfcp.co.uk/publications/

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Hosted by Jenny Mathiasson, Kloe Rumsey, Lorraine Finch, and Claire Fry.

Intro and outro music by DDmyzik, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

A Wooden Dice production, 2022.

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