There is a lot of amazing organisations out there that bring entrepreneurs together such as Entrepreneurs’ Organization, YPO or Vistage but they require a minimal turnover £1M+ for members to join.
But the journey to the first million is even harder than from £1M onwards – that’s where we lose the most potential!
There are many great business coaches and accelerators (e.g. Dent) out there but the costs to a small business can be very high or the accelerators take you through a programme and the implementation is up to you.
There is BNI which is fairly affordable but I feel with its focus on referrals it’s very transactional, salesy and rigid. It’s great if you provide a service everyone needs (Accounting, IT services, Website Building) but businesses that are more niche or sell to bigger organisations won’t see as many incoming referrals.
The ultimate role model for the BLF is an organisation that’s not primarily about entrepreneurs – Toastmasters. A global network of self-running local clubs where members support each other in improving their public speaking and leadership skills.
As a member for many years I saw again and again how the structure of Toastmasters predictably helped members grow their skills regardless of where exactly they were on their journey. And through sharing our stories and our ups and downs we became a family.
Plus the cost of Toastmasters membership is very affordable (membership in our club in the middle of Mayfair only cost around £200 per year).