[Founder Report] 5 Learnings for the second business start-up


We are moved by the idea to make the world of work more human - without constant pressure for efficiency, stress and fear. As Publisher Best of HR - Berufebilder.de® with podcast, eLearning-on-demand offers and news service we share 15 years of experience with our customers (Samsung, Otto, state institutions). By the Top20 female blogger and consultant Simone Janson, referenced in ARD, ZEIT, Wikipedia .
Copyright: Photos by Miriam Rupp.

One Company is also a process of self-discovery, in which a lot can go wrong. Miriam Rupp, standing here in the picture, founded the agency Mashup Communications with only 24 years and made some mistakes. In the founding report, she tells what would be different at the next founding.

[Founder Report] 5 Learnings for the second business startup miriam-rupp

Tip: Text as PDF or podcast (please read the instructions!) or to this text complete eCourse Download. Regular promotions or news per Newsletter!


More knowledge - Podcast, PDF download, eCourse or personal advice

Here writes for you: Simone Janson is a publisher, German Top20 blogger and HR communication consultant. Profile

Start-up as a learning process

Overview

Already after my first two years â € œemployed existenceâ €, I became self-reliant. So it happened that I partnered with 24 Mashup Communications, a PR agency for Company from the online and mobile industry. I was full of energy, but at the same time I had not eaten the wisdom with spoons at this age.

Tip: Text as PDF or podcast (please read the instructions!) or to this text complete eCourse Download. Regular promotions or news per Newsletter!

After four years, Mashup Communications is on a stable footing with a ten-man team. The way there was a lot of learning by doing, of which I would do a lot the same thing at the next foundation and different things. A small bunch of things that I will avoid in the future and pass on to other potential founders:

1. In the legal form of beginning great and think of the future

Overview

Even though it was my goal from the outset to build a company with several employees, I started as a freelancer, that is to say a sole proprietorship, which seems obvious in a service occupation.

With increasing size and complexity, the founding of a GmbH was founded. Especially if, as in our case, the entry of another business partner is included, the change of a legal form in the worst case can turn out to be a time, nerve and money-eating step. In the case of the legal form, therefore, one should consider from the outset its long-term vision and make the appropriate choice directly.

2. Service providers as long-term partners directly to the start

Overview

The exciting thing about having your own first company is that the horizon of knowledge expands exponentially, incomparably with anything I've learned through study or job. So I intentionally invested a lot of voluntary apprenticeship in order to benefit from gaining new knowledge about website design, taxes, contracts, finance, acquisition, pricing etc. directly in the field.

Tip: Text as PDF or podcast (please read the instructions!) or to this text complete eCourse Download. Regular promotions or news per Newsletter!

Even if I still profit today, I could have avoided some problems with this Do-It-Yourself approach, I would have left from the outset certain areas to experts.

When choosing suitable service providers, care should also be taken to benefit from a long-term partnership. Although we as PR service providers often find ourselves asking ourselves how many questions we need to ask ourselves about potential new customers, we ourselves have often pragmatically followed the first recommendation for our own service providers. Today I know that with more research efforts we could have avoided some disappointments.

3. Always stay fluent

Overview

Mashup Communications was luckily profitable after a short time. So much for the theory. There was a time when several unfortunate situations came at once. Outstanding incoming invoices, unforeseeable major expenses and the fact that we were unable to access part of our money for a short period of time due to the delay in the establishment of the limited company led to a very limited payment capacity.

An extremely critical moment, despite the certainty that money will soon be available again. Luckily our bank was very helpful and flexible and solved the problem after a month. Nonetheless, we have since stabilized our liquidity with overdrafts and credit cards, so that larger or smaller investments and expenses can now be made without stomachaches, even though customers should be free to pay their bills.

Tip: Text as PDF or podcast (please read the instructions!) or to this text complete eCourse Download. Regular promotions or news per Newsletter!

4. Separate friendship and business

Overview

With my current business partner, Nora Feist, I have the perfect balance between friendship and business: a former colleague whose strengths I knew and trusted, but at the time of their entry they were rather a good friend. Our friendship is above all due to our cooperation.

It is different when you bring close friends as employees on the boat, which I have made mostly bad experiences. So extreme in a case that it ended up fatal to both the company and the friendship. On the other hand, even at the beginning, through intense collaboration and our unique team cohesion, I was often misled to cross the line between friends and colleagues.

Even though, thankfully, we all understand each other in the best way, executives should build a healthy barrier, especially with regard to their personal or private crises, so that professional decisions can be made without prejudice and accepted.

5. Never rest on the laurels

Overview

After two years of intensive work in the start-up phase, I came to the point where I wanted to allow myself to be due to the success of the company. So followed a very exciting year with lots of trips. Despite the fact that the company's condition had not deteriorated during this time, I would say that we missed some growth potentials.

Tip: Text as PDF or podcast (please read the instructions!) or to this text complete eCourse Download. Regular promotions or news per Newsletter!

It is certainly not easy for most founders to find a healthy work-life balance. Changing from one extreme to another is certainly not the right way. Even though this time of absence helped me to gain new motivation, energy and ideas, it is all the more important for me today and for my company to remain vigilant, up-and-coming and innovative.


More knowledge - Podcast, PDF download, eCourse or personal advice

Overview


Offline download: Download this text as PDF - Read usage rights, Because we do not automatically submit the title of this text for privacy reasons: When buying in "interests" the title register if support is needed. After buying text exclusively Download at this URL (please save).

3,35 Book now


Listen to Podcast & Download MP3: You can listen to this text for free, as member even without annoying popup, or download the MP3 for a fee - Read usage rights, After the purchase page refresh, then you will find the download link here. Because we do not automatically submit the title of this podcast for privacy reasons: When buying in "interests" the title register if support is needed.

3,35 Book now


Your eCourse on Demand: Choose your personal eCourse on this or another desired topic, As a PDF download. Up to 30 lessons with each 4 learning task + final lesson. Please enter the title under "interests". Alternatively, we are happy to put together your course for you or offer you a personal regular eMailCourse including supervision and certificate - all further information!

16,20 Book now


Consultant packages: You want to increase your reach or address applicants as an employer? For these and other topics we offer special Consultant packages (overview) - For example, a personal phone call (price is per hour).

149,99 Book now


occupations pictures

You want to comment here? Please the Debate Rules comply, contributions must be unlocked. Your eMailAddress remains secret. More information on the use of your data and how you can counter this can be found in our Privacy Policy.

  1. To follow debate on this post
  2. All debates follow
  3. Debates per eMail subscribe (add link here!)
  1. Anna Momann

    This is a very good article that provides many insights into the process of starting a business. I learned a lot from that, thank you!

  2. Fredric Sartori

    Great article, is it normal that the menu items in the navigation overlap?

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with * .

JaI would like to be regularly informed about the latest promotions & offers Newsletter be informed.

I hereby accept the Debate Rules and the Privacy policy with the possibility to contradict the use of my data at any time.