An Insider’s Guide to Getting into the National Press

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An Insider’s Guide to Getting into the National Press Getting press attention when you’re just starting out with your business might seem like a huge challenge but at our recent Creative Home Business Club, leading journalist Serena Fokschaner made it all a great deal more attainable. It is a complex subject, with much to learn, […]

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The Start-Up Home: Vaani Wadman of Sugar Plum Bakes

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The Start-Up Home. Vaani Wadman of Sugar Plum Bakes Vaani Wadman founded bespoke cake company Sugar Plum Bakes after she had had her two little girls and discovered that she wanted to return to work but be at home for her family also. She needed something flexible that meant that she could pick the kids […]

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Sensible Financial Advise for Small Businesses & Start-Ups

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Jennifer Denning is the founder and owner of Wimbledon based accountancy firm, Finling Associates. Together with a carefully selected team of specialist accountants and support staff she has developed a thriving business deploying financial services for more than 50 small to medium sized businesses which, since May 2016, includes us. Over the years she has […]

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Brilliant Twitter Learning

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Brilliant Twitter Learning Last night we enjoyed a truly inspiring evening with PR guru and Twitter expert Sandra Nardi (aka Lady Wimbledon) MD of Bombshell Consultancy. Together with her partner in crime Karine Torr of Darling magazine, they make an unstoppable team. Whether you are just thinking of starting-up, already run your own home business […]

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I never knew that… 5 quick and easy I-Phone Tips

Computer Fitness, with Sylvie Garvey, the DecorCafe Network

At our May HomeBizClub morning Sylvie Garvey, of Computer Fitness, shared her knowledge to help us to make the most of the wizardry that is contained within our i-phones. Here are five of her many tips: Safari can automatically fill out web forms using your Contact info, previous names and passwords, and credit card details, […]

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The Secrets of Success for Starting up Your Own Business

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  Jane set up Jane Plan from her kitchen table in 2010 and last year her turnover exceeded £4 million. Yesterday she joined us at our HomeBizClub evening in Putney to share the secrets of her success. Her talk was filled with practical tips about how to build your business, but there were three things […]

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What is brand DNA?

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Anna Cowie is a founding partner of The PixelPusher Ltd and an expert member of The DecorCafe Network, supporting our home business members to define and create their brands. We met up with her recently to find out what she means by brand DNA and what makes her own brand unique: D: What is Brand […]

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A Classic Kitchen Table Story: Lovestruck

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Amy Dhala of Lovestruck Interiors will be showcasing some of this fabulous online home décor business’ eclectic pieces at the upcoming DecorCafe Festival at Strawberry Hill House– we caught up with her at her studio in Wimbledon. How did it all begin? “Ours is a classic ‘Kitchen Table’ story. Luckily for us the kitchen table […]

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Mother and Daughter Business: George & Beth

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There is something particularly inspiring about a Mum and Daughter business. How fabulous would it be to create something with your family and make it a success? Multi-talented Helen Fickling has done just that, setting up George & Beth, purveyors of fine vintage goods. This unique mum and daughter duo first came to light in June […]

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Computer Fitness: Your checklist to get in shape

Computer Fitness, with Sylvie Garvey, the DecorCafe Network

When our computers’ are working they are fantastic but when something goes wrong it can be a nightmare, whether it is because the hardware has become old and sluggish, there is a bug in the software or, worst of all, we have been hacked. Sylvie Garvey has built her Computer Fitness business on providing an efficient […]

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The Start Up Home: Sarah Speller Garden Design

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Sarah Speller is a garden designer providing garden design services in South West London and Surrey and Hampshire as well as offering workshops on garden design and gardening. Sarah has been an Expert member of the DecorCafe Home Network since 2013. Why did you set-up your home business? I spent many years as a legal […]

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The Start Up Home: A Splash of Light.

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The Start Up Home Interviews: Virginie has always cared for people, through her work and with her family, but when she was diagnosed with cancer she had to put more emphasis on caring for herself. Changing her career was part of this process and she started up her company “Splash of Light”.  “It is wonderful […]

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Is it possible to have it all? Business and babies

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I have never found it easy to separate home and business and always wanted to have it all, hence the DecorCafe Network, but sometimes I wonder if it really is possible to achieve? Working with Nikki Rees over the past couple of weeks has brought it home to me how lucky we are to live in the 21st century […]

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6 ways local councils can help your small business

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The DecorCafe Business Club this month was all about finding out how your local council can help your small business. Nick Smales joined us to share his insights and information from Wandsworth Council, but the principles and opportunities discussed apply to many councils and it is worth exploring in your local area. 1. Supporting a […]

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6 Big Mistakes Small Business Owners Make and How to Avoid Them. Notes from our creative home business club morning

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6 Big Mistakes Small Business Owners Make and How to Avoid Them Hands up if you think listening to a lecture from a lawyer is a great way to spend a warm Tuesday morning in July. That’s what I thought! But we had a really great session this morning at our Creative Home Business Club […]

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How to Start Blogging: 7 questions people ask

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How to Start Blogging 1. What is a blog? A blog is simply a way of providing information online. Think of it as your own personal news and feature section of a magazine or a diary you are letting other people read. The most successful blogs give people a behind the scenes peek at aspects […]

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How To Get Things Done: Setting Goals for Your Business

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How To Get Things Done: Setting Goals for Your Business Our Creative Home Business Club enjoyed an inspiring and helpful morning with Interior Designer, and former leadership coach, Ann Jackman all about maximising our business potential and getting things done. The single most important thing we took out of the session was the power of […]

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How to take great photographs for your home business

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Notes from our Creative Home Business Club: How To Take Great Photographs for Your Home Business: Helen Fickling is an international photographer specialising in interior and exterior living spaces and lifestyle. Her work has been published all over the world in brochures, advertising, books, magazines and newspapers. Last night we enjoyed an inspiring and helpful presentation all […]

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How to Start an Online Business: Jenny’s Story

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How to start an Online Business: Jenny’s Story: Jenny is founder, director and buyer of Out There Interiors, an online department store of rare and eclectic furniture, lighting and home accessories: “Mark and I entered the furniture industry completely by accident. I always wanted to be an actor and came to London from Lancashire with […]

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How To get into the local press with Time & Leisure editor, Kate Miranda

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How To get into the local press.  This morning, Kate Miranda, Editor of leading local glossy, Time and Leisure Magazine, shared her experience at our Creative Home Business Club. Time and Leisure Magazine has the highest circulation of all of the local SW glossy magazines and the advantage of being delivered direct to the loveliest homes in […]

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10 Top Tips for Email Marketing Your Creative Business.

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10 Top Tips for Email Marketing for your Creative Home Business MailChimp… Email is by far the most effective way to reach your ideal audience. They are the ones that want to hear from you. 91% of all shoppers are checking their emails daily and 74% prefer to receive their communications by email. 66% of […]

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What does it take to start up your home business?

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   ” I just wanted to forward you what I’ve been working on recently. Attached is for an exhibition in Frankfurt – they  came to me and asked for red/orange lampshades. The Decorcafe support really has given me more confidence to say yes to projects like this.” It was really great to get this email […]

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How to star in a magazine

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Jo Leevers got in touch with us in the Summer with a view to featuring our members properties in the Interior magazines she writes for. As she is always on the lookout for something special we invited her to join us to meet the interior designers and fabulous home owners who live in SW London […]

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Starting up your own creative business can be pants!

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I came home last weekend to discover my daughters and a friend deep in fabric dye in the kitchen, up-cycling their clothes to sell on ebay to save money for various projects. I loved that! But if you are starting-up a business, creative or not, what are the secrets of success? Here are my 10 […]

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Thank goodness I am not off to the office! A few home working tips…

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So Easter and the bank holidays are over and it is back to work. I remember that sinking feeling of crawling out of bed early, finding something suitable to wear then speed-tottering to the sardine-packed tube. These days it really isn’t so bad. I fall out of bed, check my emails before anything else of […]

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New creative home networking event voted a great success!

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Last week we held the first Creative Home Networking Event and I am pleased to report that 60 creators and makers attended despite the drizzle and were rewarded with a very special morning that was enjoyable, useful and will be remembered for a while. The simple idea is to bring together people who have an […]

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