Is Self-Employment For You? Kick-start Yourself

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You’re taking the plunge. You’ve decided to create your own job or are starting a business. What to do first? … and then what?

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A Big House Event supported by Creative Quarter & delivered by Steve Hobbs, Asking Better Questions Ltd


This workshop will aim to demystify the process of development. You will walk through the key steps to achieving success while minimising risk.

You will be introduced to:

• The stages of business development

• What a robust and scalable business model looks like and how to achieve it

• The 4 key conversations and how to approach them

• The mindset for success

• The disciplines of busines

• Leverage your creativity for success

You will be personally challenged to reflect on your preparedness for success and how you might develop your mindset, your resilience and your support network.


Anyone considering to choose or have just chosen to create their own job including self-employment, contracting, starting a business, working a side-line alongside part-time work etc.


This workshop will be facilitated by Steve Hobbs from Ask Better Questions Ltd. Steve is an experienced business owner and employer, leader and manager. The tools of his trade are questions. The aim is to ask better questions…Ones that promote thought, challenge assumptions, clarify ideas, enable decision making, inspire action.

Steve says that "There has been time to observe those around me lead, manage, plan and execute. What have I learned? Leaders who focus on the ‘Why', then the ‘How' and finally the ‘What' create teams and organisations that get things done."


Thursday 1 October. Registration from 9.30am with the course starting at 9.45am & finishing for 1pm.

** Please note that you will not be able to access the event if you log in later than 9.45am to limit disruption to the group.


Online via Zoom. You will be sent joining instructions from a Creative Quarter email address the day before the event. Please note that this is an interactive and collaborative event and you are expected to have your camera turned on and be present throughout.


This event is free but you must be enrolled with The Big House. Space is limited, so make sure to book your ticket today to guarantee your place.


If you have any questions and/or would like any further information about this event, please contact the Events Team at or telephone 0115 710 0107.


The Big House offers fully-funded business support, mentoring, workshops, networking events, access to grants for creative and digital businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Visit for the complete details of the programme. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

As this event is part of a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) initiative, we will require you to be enrolled in The Big House Programme, prior to attending. If you are not already enrolled, you will find the appropriate form at:

Please download and complete the form and bring it with you to the event, as it will be required when signing in. If you would like any further information on this event, please contact us at

NB: We will be documenting the event. If you do not wish to be included in images or videos that may be used later for marketing purposes, please let us know beforehand.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2022

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Thursday 1st October 2020

9:30am - 12:30pm GMT

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