Recession-busting tales of business start-ups

This blog is featuring stories from ordinary people who've decided to become their own boss despite, or perhaps because of, the current recession.

The stories so far...

Cloud computing blended with customer service brings success:
Jon's calculated risk with Smart Accountancy Systems

Dorchester building designer goes independent:
Natalie's drawing up her future plans

Bournemouth woman is looking to sweeten local events:
Sam unwraps her entrepreneurial spirit

Nagging nieces lead the way to a successful vending business:
The pennies keep dropping for Dorset Vending

Special FX lover develops a passion for making films:
Reece invests in a camera and freelance career 

Graphic designer puts his printing business in the spotlight:
Weymouth business hits London fashion catwalk

Green fingers grow a hobby into a business:
Helen's a winner at Gardening Scotland

Young mum learns lessons from business failure:
Gemma's fresh start in online retailing

16 year old girl becomes inventor and business woman:
Ruth takes a steady approach to success

New Zealand mum turns typing skills into her own business:
Fiona Wins with Audio Transcription

Bolton couple shelter beneath an online umbrella business:
Brolly success for Chris and Rebecca

A football coach aims to score with iPhone applications:
Craig's developing his own future

Two students ditch a toxic solution and find a better way of cleaning:
Adam and Amber launch a green clean business

Converting employee experience into a business:
Nancy's medical billing operation

Turning a passion for customer service into a going concern:
Brian answers the business call

Solicitor finds a niche role in the media:
Olivia wins a starring role in TV

A mother creates employment and an income for herself:
Trina makes her own success

A keen salesman finds himself in hot water:
David splashes out in Scotland

Marketing Manager turns redundancy into opportunity:
Debs does marketing services

An entrepreneurial tale from New Zealand:
Lenna finds keys to success

21 year old generates £28k from £3.69 in 6 months:
Matthew's story of serial success

Young graphic design talent goes solo:
Gemma's eye-catching new venture

A new business in training:
Ross takes a health and safety risk

Mum turns her hobby into a business:
Becky Spots a Dotty Opportunity

Where there's muck there's brass:
John Cleans Up in South Wales

Turning fashion sense into business sense:
A 2009 Start Up Story

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