Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ben Robinson, an author, and poet based in Charminster, Dorset, United Kingdom.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business is being an author. I am a writer and a poet, and I was born in the United Kingdom. My customers are people who love language, art, culture, travel, and also people from all walks of life and from all different countries across this beautiful planet that we live on.
Tell us about yourself
I started my business after developing CPTSD, and I found writing very therapeutic. Also, I started my business because I loved the thought of being able to work anywhere and travel and meet interesting people.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Getting people to listen to me such as the governments of the world, and getting them to understand me and understand that there are better solutions to the world's problems, such as the governments of the world going back to basics and using the freely available natural resources in the environment, and using reclaimed building materials, and encouraging community spirit to get houses built for the homeless, instead of the Governments of the world paying traditional builders huge sums of money to build new housing. Houses are currently being built by independent companies for £20,000. An average house is made up of 8000 bricks, and at 70 pence a brick, that works out as £5600 for the walls. The Governments in the world have all the land and resources they need to do this. So, getting them to listen and promote that solution is my biggest accomplishment as a businessman and as a writer and a poet, and that shows how important education and how important having good language skills are and how important it is to be educated and to be able to express yourself clearly and be understood by others.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Raising money, especially after COVID-19. It really is like trying to get blood out of a stone, but that is understandable because everyone has been affected, everyone has less money to spend than they did before, and people are being extremely frugal.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Do something you enjoy. Work hard, but not so hard it is detrimental to your health. And talk to as many people in person as possible about your business and your business goals, and your own goals.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I wish everyone who is running a business happiness and success.
Where can people find you and your business?
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