When Tina asked if I would join the #HomeBizHour discussion for #MicroBizMattersDay this Friday I was rather surprised. That’s because I’ve never really considered myself to be running a “micro business”. After all, I live on a beach in the Philippines and write stuff for people who need stuff written (easiest way I could sum up what I do).
But now I’ve had time to think about it a bit more, I absolutely am running a micro business!
Okay, so it consists of me, my laptop and a bamboo table and chair, but it’s still a business, right!? I’ve got regular clients who rely on me to produce high quality written content every week and that means I’m always trying to juggle my workload and keep everybody happy.
However, while I’ve got a steady stream of work now, my freelance writing career journey hasn’t always been an easy one…
When I started writing full time back in 2010, I had to really fight to win projects. Potential clients didn’t know me from Adam, so why would they trust me with their blog posts, website content and newsletters?
I was in a unique position. Being a British expat in the Philippines meant I had two distinct selling points: native English speaker and low living costs. These advantages are what I exploited to help me win my initial projects and secure my first clients.
But not all micro business owners are as lucky as I was. Starting any kind of business inevitably involves a lot of hard work and dedication, but without the right help and support, micro businesses can really struggle.
Now you may be thinking, what’s that got to do with me?
Well, the bottom line is that micro businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy, so they deserve all the help and support they can get. In fact, 95% (5 million) of UK companies are classed as ‘micro businesses’, which is why we should all take an interest in whether they succeed or not.
It’s especially concerning when national, regional and local governments aren’t throwing their support behind these vital enterprises and often instead choose to do business with larger organisations.
#MicroBizMattersDay is designed to give micro businesses a platform from which they can make their voices heard and highlight the massive contributions they make to the global economy.
So if you run a micro business, know someone who does, or interact with one regularly, think about giving 8 minutes of your time this Friday 8th January. It might seem like a small, simple gesture, but it’s one that micro business owners (like me) will really appreciate, and could make a real difference to someone’s fortunes.
I’ll be joining the Home Business Hour discussion from the Philippines (providing my Internet connection is up to the job) and offering advice on working from home/remotely, as well as talking about some of the challenges I’ve faced during my Southeast Asian micro business odyssey.
You can find out more about the event and the #RockingGuests who will be taking part by visiting the official #MicroBizMattersDay website – http://microbizmattersday.rocks
See you Friday…