Social enterprise business models – how does yours work?

I’m getting increasingly irked that so many organisations doing socially or environmentally-positive work have to ask for donations to keep the lights on.

Yes I know there are charities that just can’t have a commercial model. And those are the ones that do need to keep on the ‘fundraising treadmill’ – which is getting harder and harder.

But there are other organisations doing socially or environmentally important work where there is a commercial service or product they can sell.

And my mission is to help them thrive.

Now, there’s plenty of information out there about the impact they’re making or want to make, but there’s less information available about the business models that actually work.

SO. I’m doing a series of short interviews to find out about these business models. I’m recording them on Zoom and I’m sharing them on my social media, website, email list and so on.

I’m keeping them short, 15 minutes max. I’ll ask about your social enterprise business model… meaning, who pays for what services? And what problem(s) does this solve for them?

I’ll ask a bit about your recent successes, and maybe about something that went wrong recently.

This isn’t about sharing commercially sensitive details or any actual numbers.

This is about exploring which ways of doing business actually work for social enterprises.

I’ve got some great people lined up, and I’d like more. So if you know anyone, or you’d would like to share your own story, could you get in touch? Thanks!

Quick chat about your business model?