Man: I've been running my own business for ten years now and although I had quite a tough start, on the whole I haven't regretted a day of it. Basically, I'd been working on an idea of a disposable protective cover for oven interiors and managed to secure a patent. But could I get a business to take me seriously? So I thought I'd go it alone. I managed to persuade people to invest enough for me to set up the workshop and I topped up with bank loans. I initially took on a couple of technicians I'd known from my previous place of work-good people with a lot of commitment to enterprise-but where I went awry was not giving them proper tuition and guidance in precisely what I wanted. Thank goodness they stuck with it though, and we came through our difficult first few months together.