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Starting a co-operative - The journey

Many people and their communities are creating new co-operative businesses. These new businesses work in everything from health care to housing, wind farms to web design and funeral care to fishing. They might be run by customers, employees or the local community.

The process of creating these new co-operatives businesses is called start-up. Many people refer to the very early stages of the process as “pre-start-up” but for the purposes of this website we have taken start-up to cover the whole process.

We have divided up the start-up process into several stages:

  1. Early days – the idea.
  2. Who are we? – deciding who will have what relationship with the organisation.
  3. Sharing the load – deciding who is going to do what in the start-up process.
  4. Putting flesh on the bones – working up the idea.
  5. Show me the money – how are you going to finance it?
  6. Getting organised – formalising the structure.
  7. Are we nearly there yet? – checking back with the community.
  8. Come and join us – recruiting more people.
  9. Opening day – everything finally in place.
  10. One year already – things you need to do to keep going.