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22 Things Every Young Enterprise Company Did

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1. Not being allowed to start a company with your friendship group and ending up with people you didn't really know.

It's all about "challenging yourself" and "getting out of your comfort zone", apparently.

2. Knowing that voting for a managing director was basically just a popularity contest.

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Which inevitably meant that the one person who did business studies took it really personally when they weren't picked.

3. Arguing over who would be the company's secretary and have to take the minutes every meeting.

It was the worst job and everyone knew it.

4. Spending waaaay too long coming up with a logo.

Our logo is coming! #mace15 #youngenterprise #team #parachutes

It was the operations director's main job, and it felt incredibly important.

5. Settling on an Apprentice-style company name like Aptitude, or Dynamic, or Liberty.

You'd have a vote on it and end up falling out over the result.

6. Coming up with unreasonably ambitious plans for your company in your first meeting.

"Oh yeah, we'll just get all these celebrity chefs together and make a best-selling cookbook. Easy!"

7. Knowing that half of your company are really into Young Enterprise, but the other half are only doing it because they don't have anything else to put on their UCAS form.

Which is a perfectly good reason tbf.

8. Setting up a Facebook page and a Twitter account for your company.

You may have only had three followers, but it was ~necessary~ for the ~business~.

9. Bribing younger pupils to buy 50p shares, which you had no intention of ever paying back, with cake or sweets.

You basically set up a glorified tuck shop.

10. Then promptly forgetting that you ever signed up to Young Enterprise until your "business adviser" reminded you that it is a very. serious. business.

At this point, you panic-called a meeting to work out what on earth you were going to sell.

11. Googling the most random things you could think of in the hope of finding something that ~might~ sell.

never did I think i'd be typing 'buying microwavable socks in bulk' into google #youngenterpriseproblems

12. Setting up a stall of random stuff you bought cheaply on Amazon and altered slightly, then persuading younger pupils to spend their lunch money on it.

You probably sold homemade tat, boxes of stuff you got for free, candles, or those record clock things.

13. Traipsing around town during lunch to ask local businesses for prizes for your upcoming raffle.

In the end, you just got your parents to donate stuff they didn't need any more.

14. Gluing and sticking things together the night before your first trade fair.

And dreading having to make small talk with potential customers the next day.

15. Filling out your balance sheets at the end of term and realising you'd made something like a £20 profit.

Which worked out as a little over £1 per person.

16. Cramming yourselves and all your stock into your business adviser's car in time for the regional finals.

17. Setting up a makeshift stall with a lot of posters and faff to distract from the fact that you never really decided on a product.

You made your stall look pretty though.
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You made your stall look pretty though.

18. Developing an intense and entirely unfounded rivalry with another local school.

You didn't know why, but you knew you hated them.

19. Giving an awkward PowerPoint presentation, featuring chunks of text flying on to the screen from different directions.

West Bridgford School is represented by Ozone @youngenterprise #yenotts

20. Being beaten by some idiots who just sold customised T-shirts.


21. Not winning Company of the Year but getting a sympathy prize, like the Health & Safety Award, instead.

Your mum was still proud though.

22. And finally: Posing for a slightly awkward photo that might have made the local press, but probably just ended up in your school newsletter.