“Don’t try and make tonnes of money from the outset because it’s not going to happen, be prepared to be looking at something quite small and not necessarily not that profitable to begin with and stick at it” Chris from MyBadgeApp

Chris from MyBadgeApp had a day to day job but decided to plunge onto making a side eBay business for some extra cash, starting from purchasing a £100 badge maker and some tough work, he now has over 30,000 total sales. Ranging from nearly every type of button design available Chris runs a successful eCommerce business. He made his eBay store in 2005 but didn’t actively use it for his MyBadgeApp business until 2012 to the point where he takes 1000 orders a month easily.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“I started on eBay to supplement my income when I was working full time selling odds and ends

“My wife said why don’t you make something? Because the overhead is a lot cheaper than buying ready made products”

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“Never over-promise and un-deliver, if you’re making a commitment to the customer you’ve got to follow that through every time” Alan from HardwareIreland.ie

HardwareIreland was started by Alan and is now seen as the online presence of expert hardware Crumlin. They have been serving their local area for the past 15 years from their store, but have recently taken to the internet to expand their eCommerce service!

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Some thoughts from the interview

“It was supposed to be a catalogue but now it’s a standalone website

“You have to get your margins right”

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“Research thoroughly, be confident, when you put your money where your mouth is, you are going to get some back” Gavin from cutiesandpals.co.uk

CutiesandPals‘ Gavin’s wife and himself were looking to start a business together, it was mainly due to having had an apartment in Spain which they flew to quite regularly that they found that hand luggage was very boring, so Gavin and his wife came up with their own idea of making more colourful luggage with pretty designs, and through doing research they found that there was very little in the children’s market for luggage, and from there that’s where the started the brand cuties and pals!

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Some thoughts from the interview

“We were invited on BBC DragonsDen and we had a good reception from the dragons

“Research thoroughly, be confident, when you put your money where your mouth is, you are going to get some back”

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“The job of an entrepreneur is to solve problems, if you focus on solving problems you’ll be successful” Brendan from Ok Kimonos

Ok Kimonos was started by Brendan, who has spent 8 years of his life dedicating himself to Jujitsu, started a Brazilian Jujitsu company that specifically focuses on the niche of children’s Jujitsu wear, but also goes into adult clothing, ranging from shorts, uniforms and other apparel, pretty much everything that you need to compete and train Brazilian jujitsu.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“They are highly stylised colours, everything about it, I see this gap in the industry

“I see this gap in the industry, I know I’m passionate about it, I love streetwear, I love design, I’m going to go for this!”

“I built my brand entirely through sweat equity, just hustling, engaging, I wrote blog posts, I made podcasts, I made a bunch of media around my company and just kept putting it out there, I engaged in every forum, I engaged on every Facebook group, linked in groups, anywhere I could find jujitsu I engaged in it”

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