WabiSabi has been thought of – and called – “a Sensei venture” since the inception of our idea.
Since then, we’ve doing the following:
- Holding an initial meetup in November 2014 with a few people we knew were already clued-in and interested
- Introducing the business community in Northern Ireland to the coworking concept via a series of Coworking Days that started in February 2015
- Establishing a presence online
- Surveying interested parties
- Working out a list of start-up and ongoing costs
- Looking at potential properties
- Spending far too much time on Pinterest browsing workplace interiors!
We thought we’d give ourselves a year to build interest, research demand and costs, and then make a decision on whether or not there is enough of a demand to make a profitable business.
It’s Time to Take it to The Next Stage: Committment
We need to do all of the following. Currently, we’re at the first part of this next section:
- Write a business plan
- Organise our finances
- Find our pioneer members and get committment
- Secure a property and sign a lease
- Open the doors!
Mallusk Enterprise Agency’s Let’s Start a Business is a shorter version of the older Start a Business programme we attended almost ten years ago when planning for Sensei. I’m really looking forward to being challenged on a few key items:
- Who are our customers?
- What do they want?
- How much will they pay and how often?
If you’ve attended Let’s Start a Business (or similar), we’d love to hear how you got on.