Our founders, Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, are currently scaling the dizzy heights of the Amazon bestsellers list with their very first book, Build a Business From Your Kitchen Table. The book, published last week, is their honestly written guide to starting a business from scratch, from home. They cover everything from having faith in your idea to writing a solid business plan, where and how to look for funding, and the art of juggling a family with the demands of a time-consuming start-up. Drawing on their own extensive experience, they recount the early days of notonthehighstreet.com: the great highs and lowest lows, including some of the darkest times when they – not to mention the business – nearly didn’t make it through. Thankfully, they did, and they’re here to tell the story:
“This book, much like our business, is a work of love. It’s something we’ve both passionately pursued since we first had the idea to document our story to help budding entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality. Whether you’re tired of working in a corporate environment and want do something with more heart and meaning, or you’re a stay-at-home parent who’s looking to make some extra income; we want this book to be a bible for anyone who is starting their own business from home.
We remember our own kitchen table days well; working out how we could scrape together that desperately needed extra hundred pounds, researching our target market, pulling together strategies and doing all we could to turn our grand ideas into reality. We’ve been there, done that and got the personalised t-shirt – and this is the book we wish we’d had when we started.
We discuss everything from protecting your idea, shaping your brand, writing a business plan, planning a successful launch, marketing (both online and offline), PR, finance and the elusive work-life balance. It’s all there.
In six years, we’ve been privileged to see the inception, growth and success of so many of the 3,000 small businesses that sell original, inspiring products on notonthehighstreet.com. This means that our best advice doesn’t just come from our own story, but theirs too. Without their talent and commitment, none of this would be possible.
To those of you who have already read it and to those of you who will: we hope you enjoy it.
Holly and Sophie”