1. One employee (Jessica/owner) & lots of helping hands
2. Works about 42 hours a week spread over 6 days
3. Started to write a biz plan, but then everything happened so quickly it was never properly finished.
4. Doors opened on Tuesday 20th May 2008. I’ve been selling online since July 2008
1. Name one thing that completely took you by surprise when you first opened the shop - something that neither biz how-to books, small biz workshops prepared you for.
I think that the most noticeable difference about being self-employed and running your own business is that rather than just completing a set of daily tasks, I now am always thinking and planning at least three months ahead. It’s quite peculiar thinking about Christmas in June
2. How did you come up with the name? Can you share other names that were close runner ups or ones that would have been disastrous in hindsight?
A friend suggested going against the grain and rather than having a short onomatopoeic word, why not have a whole sentence? I then started reading a few books that I thought I might take inspiration from, including Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through The Looking Glass, where I revisited The Walrus & The Carpenter. Of Cabbages & Kings just seemed to fit the idea perfectly.
There was divided opinion on ‘Cockahoop’, meaning ‘insanely excited’. The designer was keen as she had lots of ideas for logos, but others thought it might be misleading in a very bad way!
1. Soldier Egg Cup by Reiko Kaneko - £9.95
2. Coco Bag Blue by Emma Gordon - £38.00
3. Custard Cream Brooch by Biscuit Boutique - £7.50
4. Blue Hummingbird Breakfast for One by Lillibule Ceramics - £37.50
5. I Heart Cake Necklace by Hoolala - £32.00
6. ‘Winging My Way Back To You’ Globe Necklace by Eclectic Eccentricity- £14.50
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