Piloting a social enterprise

Our company is developing well. We are now 7 team members, of which 4 full-time. We have created new services, our customer-base is rapidly expanding, and most of our clients are coming back for 2nd and 3rd contracts.

Our financial health is pretty good too, we have low costs, a fair margin, and we will soon be able to plan for the second phase, our social project, the purpose of our company.

I don’t know about you, if you are yourself a social entrepreneur, or a friend of the cause, but piloting a social enterprise is not a simple fit. You need to be business-wise, while keeping in sight your final objective. You must be obsessed with making money and turning a profit, while keeping a cold head not to get carried away by success and loosing purpose. But I have to admit, this is the most exciting thing I have ever done in my professional life. Try it, you’ll see.

Seeing a plan becoming real, looking back and remembering what Urban Care was 2 years ago, a logo and a registered domain, and now this team working together, happy clients, and soon a sufficient level of finance to move to the social phase of our project…. I am telling you, this is really encouraging. And not only because here in Hanoi, from where I am writing, the sun finally arrived after being 10 weeks on vacation, or because I could give myself my first salary last month. It is not about that.

It is about building and a sense of purpose.

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