“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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“If you’ve picked the right people you will get invaluable advice, and you will get it free” Jo from Red Herring Games

Red Herring Games was started by Jo in 2007 in Grimsby and built from the ground up. Red Herring Games is a fascinating business all to do with mystery murder, dinner events, party accessories, gifts, bits and pieces, and it was all because she wanted to raise money for her own coffee shop!

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Murder Mystery Games from the UK Red Herring Games

Some thoughts from the interview

“I sold games to another platform that wasn’t mine, but after 1 – 2 years I thought I could sell them myself

“I think it’s very important to outsource to someone that knows what they are doing, because doing the work and getting it right is lot harder than you think”

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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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