Concepts from the kitchen table
The kitchen table is more than a place for meals; it's a workspace. We can spread our problems, goals, and dreams, right next to our laptops, tablets, and paperwork and begin to turn our ideas into actions.
In fact, some people have used their kitchen tables to launch businesses that have changed their lives. We surveyed Brits to find out how they feel about the idea of taking their careers into their own hands and launching a home-grown business. 43% say it's something they'd like to pursue, and are most drawn to the flexibility, extra income, and time saved on commuting that comes along with being your own boss. Meanwhile, almost 1 in 10 Brits have taken the plunge and currently run a business from home, either part time or full time.
But what does it actually take to make this dream a reality?
We interviewed five home-grown entrepreneurs to find out how they managed to bring life to their business ideas. While their specialisms span from property management to children's clothing, they all have one thing in common: every single one of them had an idea that blossomed at the kitchen table, and they now each run a successful business because of it.
Read their stories to learn about their struggles and triumphs, and gain top tips on how to take your kitchen table concept into the real world.
Confectionary king from TV's Made in Chelsea
"We sell confectionary. Our goal was to create the best sweet possible and we still try and achieve that every day. With a business I honestly believe you must start with knowing your destination, your goal and then work your way backwards."
Natalie and Daniel Reynolds
Luxury children's clothing retailers
"We are the wife and husband team behind an online luxury children's clothing brand that has grown from a kitchen table project to a full-time pursuit."
Healthy curry kits with a kick
"For conscious eaters who want good-for-you and authentic food, Hari Hari spices are free-from Sri Lankan curry kits that are environmentally friendly and include easy-to-follow recipes that enable you to cook a healthy and wholesome meal from scratch."
Social media mogul and inspirational leader
"I help leaders navigate the sometimes-noisy social media space and show them how to get leads and sales, build valuable relationships and show they are the expert in their space."
Property developer, author, and podcaster
"Our property educational and personal development company helps people invest for freedom, choice, and profit."
Apprentice finalist and nut milk extraordinaire
"Starting out in the kitchen was handy because it allowed me to easily morph into a nutty professor and perfect all my recipes."