What is the benefit or value you're creating for your business?
As the company founder and Managing Director my influence runs through Dragon SR shaping what we do yet hoping to be shaped by the people I have chosen to work alongside me.
I have pulled together a small team with specific experience to help us grow into a fully operational enterprise, who mirror my own enthusiasm and passion for what we are building together.
At the moment our services are based on my experience but I will look to add to that with staff and partners that can help our company and services evolve beyond my initial ideas.
How are you leveraging internal resources (funds, time, knowledge, etc.) to support this initiative?
We are fortunate because the business model we have chosen has little by way of initial set-up costs or ongoing overheads during the formative months. We are a small team working wirelessly from an office at the MD's residence with a flexible working routine.
The two directors of the company are working without pay and are supporting the low overheads through external work until we arrive at the point that the company can sustainably operate without support and can increase staff numbers organically.
Until then all 5 members of the team (MD, CFO, Sales Manager, Sales exec and the Marketing, Conent and Social Media manager) will cover all elements of the job each selling, writing content, networking and supporting the company as required.
Expand on your answer, explaining the long-term funding and support plan.
The current small team can opperate and meet client service levels for the foreseeable future with the current projected client numbers and the Directors covering any initial financial requirements beyond that. The business model does not foresee a time when outside investment will be required unless the company is a much greater initial success than anticipated, at which point outside funding may be required to meet our own service commitments, especially regarding the assessment of new projects which would require further costs.
We aim to make the growth of the company as organic as possible to prevent overstretching our requirements and enable us to focus as much of our time as possible on finding funds for the recipient projects.
Tell us about your partnerships across your company and externally that are key to your project's success.
Key external contacts that will shape our initial success are the network of organisations and projects I assessed during my previous role. These "pre-assessed" projects in South East Asia, Africa and Latin America, covering community development, environmental conservation and sustainable energy amongst other subjects, enable us to have a ready list of partners that we can use as examples of responsible and sustainable projects when negotiating with potential clients.
What internal support have you gotten for your project? What kind of push-back have you received?
Though this question is not necessarily applicable to Dragon SR at this stage, I would say that the passion and commitment of my small team has taken me by surprise so far. One team member even quit their job and moved 7000 miles to help make the company a success. With that sort of passion on show I'm extremely confident about our prospects.