If you’re taking the plunge and are about to start a new business, your friends and family are going to want to support you. Make it easy for them to help you in the ways that you need, by setting up a Patchwork new business shower! Need some office equipment? Help paying for a training course? A bit of advice from those who’ve done it? Or just a continuous supply of coffee and chocolate? We’ve got templates to get you started, or you can create your own from scratch. Once you’ve created your wish list, send the link to friends and family so they can help make your dream a reality.
If you’re wondering, ‘What is a business shower?’ - basically, it’s a get-together to mark the exciting step of you setting up a small business. It’s an occasion when your friends and family can come together to not only celebrate you, but to show their support for your new business idea too. Like a baby shower, a new business shower traditionally also includes your guests bringing some gifts, and this is where we come in.
And that’s because we’re not just here to explain what is a business shower - we’re also here to help you get what you actually need when you’re setting up a business. Need some office equipment or desk supplies? Would love some words of wisdom from those who’ve done it? Dreaming of some help paying for a training course? Or maybe your number one priority is a continuous supply of tea and biscuits? (Compulsory for any venture, we think!) Whatever your business shower ideas, we’ve got templates to help. Or, alternatively, you can create your own from scratch. Either way, once you’ve created your wishlist, it’s as easy as sending the link to your nearest and dearest so that they can help make your dream a reality.
As well as monetary donations, Patchwork gives your guests the ability to ‘make’ and ‘do’ patches as well. In fact, that’s exactly how Patchwork as a new business idea came into being - when we started, we rallied around our nearest and dearest for second-hand office equipment, spare chairs, their DIY skills in getting our office ready to go and some of their expert abilities to make our new business shower party a night we’ll never forget. Our friends and family loved being able to contribute something to show their support, even if it wasn’t money or investment in the most traditional sense!
We believe that setting up a small business should be possible without major investment or shareholders, and new business showers are the perfect way to do this, whatever your new business idea. We’ve all seen a support your friends business meme where it shows how you can show your love without spending money you don’t have - well, now we’re making that a reality.