Build a Business From Your Kitchen Table Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012
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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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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.
I am in the process of setting up a company but instead of inspiring me to forge ahead it actually knocked my confidence right from the start.
They explain about a box that they put people's names into if they have rejected their plan and call it the you'll be sorry box. That's a fun idea but then I read the list of questions that decide if your business is viable. The first question is 'does it make money?' This is a question that can never fully be answered even with all the best research. If you could answer that question with a yes you would not be reading the book. Some of the people that rejected them will have answered no in relation to their business plan but did they let it put them off? NO. It's very easy to write that list of 'down and dirty' questions in relation to NOTHS now they know it's a success. It's not so inspiring to a fledgling business because the answers are rarely a definite yes or no.
It seems like it is one big pat on the back for the authors from each other. I would never describe the authors as your ordinary woman. They have achieved great things but I found that their advice was hard to identify with in any way. They were already very successful and well connected before NOTHS was created. I wish I could go to a member of my family for free legal advice or accountancy.
There isn't much actual advice for the general person setting up a business, it might be useful if you come from a similar starting point (i.e.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having seen an interview about the Not on The High Street founders, I decided to purchase this. The book is well written and very easy to understand, they highlight specific words... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Review Man
Good read. Comforting to know the highs and lows when starting a business. Or in my case taking over a business.Published 14 months ago by Melissa:)
this tells you just about everything you need to know - all you need to add is your energy and enthusiasmPublished 14 months ago by tracie kirk
As others have mentioned Not On the High Street was started with a substantial chunk of money and many readers will be starting a business from scratch with nothing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by BeckR
Good book but more suitable for those with 200k capital and lots of existing contacts. You definitely admire their tenacity and there are some good pointers in there so still worth... Read morePublished 19 months ago by E. Chearbhaill