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hours sleep! However, everything has settled down now and although we work unsociable hours we work around the children – so are online when they are at preschool or napping, and then in bed! As a freelance journalist, Tracey is used to weird working hours, so it is ‘normal’ for her to be online while watching TV in the evenings or at the weekends. We both have home offices and, in an ideal world, it would be great to work set hours then lock up the rooms and walk away – we will aim to achieve this, some day!

What is the best part of what you do?

Without hesitation it is meeting all the interesting people that make up WowThankYou! We both feel that we are part of something ‘special’ and feel honoured to have so many

people so firmly supporting us. Working from home, around our parenting commitments, is fantastic. We are female and we run an online shop – come on, what more could a woman want!

What advice would you give someone starting a creative business?

It depends what kind of creative business you mean. If you have a talent for something – perhaps family or friends have praised your products – then there’s bound to be a wider market for you to sell them. A lot of people start off selling at local craft fairs, on eBay etc. If this is successful, then we would suggest you look for an online marketplace to list and sell your items – WowThankYou for instance!

It’s important to plan ... plan and research every element of what you want your business to achieve. Talk to people/potential customers so that you know what they want you to offer and do take their comments seriously. Setting up a website takes a lot of commitment, time, and above all else money – so make sure your business offers something that customers want but can’t get elsewhere. And finally, remember, when your business is launched this isn’t the end of all the long hours and hard work – it’s just the beginning!!

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