This is something that social entrepreneurs frequently ask. My response is – it depends if you want to invest in yourself and get support so you achieve what you want quicker or not!
What a great question – mentors come in all shapes and sizes – and cost from nothing (as they volunteer their time) to well known/famous mentors that charge in excess of £10,000 an hour.
Yes, social enterprises can be sole traders. Social enterprise is a way of doing business and does not refer to a specific legal structure. For further details on what a social enterprise is please refer to the article titled “What are social enterprises?”
Yes, social enterprises can accept donations. Their treatment depends on the legal structure the enterprise has, where the donations came from, and whether the donation is money, services, goods or other items.