Yup, that’s a stock photo up there. I really don’t have a good picture of me doing any of the following necessary but dull things for the success of a small social enterprise!

Setting up and supporting an online community – using Facebook Groups and on Mighty Networks.

Recruiting volunteers, freelance workers and steering teams – with Reach Volunteering, Pimp my Cause, and finding what works offline in both rural England and inner London…

Exploring the various options for managing the money and budgets – do we go for accounting software like Wave, Xero or Quickbooks, or stick to an Excel spreadsheet shared with Dropbox, go with a simple google sheet or even take the (heavenly!) leap to Airtable?

(Spoiler alert: it’s complicated)

Working out how we communicate. Wix or WordPress? Even that one’s not an easy one to answer, as it all depends on your needs and skills, although I have some strong opinions! Mailchimp or Mailerlite? These things change a huge amount, and very quickly, but right now I’m really excited by Mailerlite.

Both Kids Kitchen – family cooking with young kids – and Stories and Supper – challenging the migration narrative – needed all of these thought processes and a huge amount of time working out the right systems. I’ll happily share my experiences with you.