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Build a Business from Your Kitchen Table [Hardcover]

Sophie Cornish , Holly Tucker
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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5 July 2012 1471102114 978-1471102110
Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker are the founders of, an award-winning, multimillion-pound online marketplace selling 50,000 innovative, stylish products. But six short years ago they were maxing out their credit cards, trying to secure loans and crossing fingers that their big idea would take off. Now they've written down all the lessons they had to learn the hard way, drawing not just on their experience but also that of the 3,000 independent businesses they work with: from finance and marketing to PR and getting your workspace right. With startling honesty, they lay bare the truth about getting started while raising a young family at the same time. They believe that anyone should be able to achieve a great working life on their own terms. Here's how.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471102114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471102110
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Cornish and Tucker's 'how we did it' business book is written in clear, jargon-free prose. Almost anyone, from a teenager with an entrepreneurial streak to the rest of us who wonder how we can pack more into our day or manage our finances better, will get something from this book' --Evening Standard

About the Author

Sophie's first job was as a beauty writer on a women's magazine, and since then her career has spanned journalism, cosmetic brand development, marketing and advertising as well as her own business styling private and corporate events. She lives in London with her husband Simon, and their children, Ollie, 15 and Honor, 13. Holly started working for an advertising agency at the age of 17, quickly landing a full-time job with them and working with Sophie for the first time. While selling ad space in magazine publishing she saw the opportunity to provide a new route to market for individual designer-makers. She lives in London with her partner Frank, and their son Harry, who is seven.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 16 Sep 2012
By Maya
Oh come on... 80,000 as a start-up. If you are looking for tips on how to get started as a small business WITHOUT huge capital outlay, this book is not for you. The layout is far too chaotic, most of the advice is common sense and there are better business books out there.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 27 Feb 2013
I was really hopeful when I chose this book as our business is in a similar line - online retail (and I love notonthehighstreet as a customer). However, all I really learnt was how to build a successful business if you can raise a large amount of capital and have a couple of founder members with a very strong background in PR/Marketing and with it a very wide range of just the right contacts. With regard to juggling a family with running a business, the approach taken seemed to be to not see your children for days at a time and leave them with a nanny (nice if you can afford it!). I think they have done fantastically well to set up their business as they have but I didn't warm to the writers as I felt they hugely underestimated the particular advantages that they had, for example, responding to comments that their substantial marketing background, working for some very high profile women's magazines etc.) gave them an advantage, they said that you "make your own luck". It reminded me of the book I read about Rachel Elnaugh who set up Red Letter Days and who just happened to have a husband who could invest a large amount in the business, a flatmate who happened to work for one of the top advertising agencies in London etc. I think there are better books available for startups.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I've been waiting for 6 July 2012
When I first heard about this book, I had high hopes about what it could teach me. Spent yesterday reading it cover to cover and it's even better than I expected! Not just the things you learn about the nitty gritty necessities (marketing, fundraising, finance, business plans etc etc) but the other stuff too - what it's REALLY like to start a business when you've got a family at home and an honest account of the big highs and big lows the authors experienced themselves. The information (it showed me all the things I could apply to my own business model, rather than just listing facts and figures) and gives just the right amount of detail you need, and most importantly is written in plain English not business jargon. I just wish it had been out sooner so I could have saved money on the other books I forked out for that weren't nearly as comprehensive and accessible. All in all, I think it's an invaluable toolkit for anyone who wants to start their own company (and I think I've answered the reviewer below's question!) and I know my copy is going to be well thumbed before too long.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A business book asking the right questions 9 July 2012
I am a small business owner and wish I would have had a guide like this book when I first started my venture. The book provides a great insight of details many small start up-businesses can learn from and asks the right questions whether the initial idea is good enough to take it to the next level. The book is honest and witty, you won't regret buying it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Hoped For 13 Jun 2013
I was disappointed with this book. I am trying to get my own business started and I have bought a lot of books to research before I take the plunge.

NOTHS is a beautiful, slick website with lovely original handmade gifts so I expected a high calibre of accessible relevant advice for wannabe web entrepreneurs like me.

This little book - and it's worth saying I always read books cover to cover - reads like an extended and overindulgent magazine biopic. Holly and Sophie describe their juggernaut journey through setting up in business and allow us more than a glimpse at their resulting domestic angst. I am sorry but - yawn. In terms of the nitty gritty of how to get that embryonic idea off the kitchen table as the title page promises there was very little. My burning question in fact, looking at a photo in the book of the NOTHS team in 2008, is - what did all those people do back in the day? If anything scares me about the viability of my little web idea it's the fact that I might need to pay a dozen people just to help me get it online.

Sorry girls, not my cup of tea.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book arrived today - as a loyal customer of the site I am lucky enough to have a limited edition copy. I opened it to see the first introduction chapter and I literally can't put the thing down! A real feat for a non fiction book. It is factual but extremely witty and really gives a good picture of the people and the brand. This is an exceptional book for anyone to read even if they don't want to start a business - its about life today, employment and following your dreams. I am loving it and already half way through - can feel a sleepless night coming on! Buy it!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed the personal insights into how this business was built. Very useful advice on PR, marketing, social media, advertising and accounting. A useful chapter at the end advises on how to juggle running a business and running a home and family. A gripping and useful book.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars average 27 July 2012
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I was excited by the books title build a business from your kitchen table which suggests a rags to riches formula but the authors make it clear early on this is not the intention of the book and admit they needed to raise 80,000 to launch their business at which point i lost touch with the book , 80,000 is beyond my wildest dreams although the story of not on the high street is full of intriuge and i can see that the journey , the story , the advice is perhaps capable of inspiring people who may wish to start or are already running a business , The book is crammed with useful advice but i found the layout a little bit busy and distracting personally like it takes too much information to make the point quickly and found myself having to read it over to understand the point but maybe thats just me lost in translation . I ordered this book along with another business book at the same time i found both books contained sound advice but i found the other book more practical in the setting up of a buiness but build a business from your kitchen table more valuable once you hit the ground running and coping with the day to day running and all the problems associated with running a business .
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Published 10 months ago by jpmax
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect especially for female business starters.
Current, relevant and real. Two mum's show how they've succeeded in business and how you can too. Layout of the book is really good for flicking through or a thorough read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you're just starting out- maybe not quite so good if you...
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