The more the Internet creeps into our pockets, onto our wrists and into our eyeballs, the more apps are becoming an integral part of our life. As a business person, you’re wondering how to get onto that crowded home screen, and as an everyday user you’re wondering why you hear about some apps before others. To answer these useful questions (and not ones like ‘why do we yawn?’ or ‘how old is George Clooney?’), we tapped some industry folk to find out just how to go about launching an app.
Are you ready to take the jump? Meet Sonia Padam who made the leap from accountant to entrepreneur with Eight Hour Studios, a luxury sleepwear brand. We spoke to her about her inspiration to change careers, the importance of strong brand values, how to create a network of influencers and that it’s OK to make a few mistakes along the way. Phew! Her brand may be called Eight Hour Studio but it took much more than a night’s sleep to develop. Read below to hear all about Sonia’s story.
London Fashion Week isn’t just all stylish people and cool parties. This industry-based event, which just wrapped this week in the capital, is part of a worldwide fashion month that also goes to New York, Milan and Paris. During this five-day event, London hosts more than 50 catwalk shows, 15 presentations, plus over 120 UK and international designers exhibit. Who said fashion was glamorous?
So how do emerging designers get noticed during London Fashion Week when they’re just one brand out of many? MOO spoke to two sustainable, eco-friendly brands about how they turned to Luxe products to convey their brand’s quality and individuality and how it helped get the attention …Continue reading this article…
It’s Small Business Advice Week in the UK and to celebrate we’ve curated a selection of our most popular Expert Tips for small businesses. Read below to find out more!
1. Write a great business plan
Every great business idea needs financial support to bring it to life. Read our tips to writing a successful business plan to secure that investment you need or to simply keep your business on track.
2. Be more than a one-man shop
You’re on your own but still need to stand out from the big corporate giants in your industry. Read our guide on simple ways to make a difference when you’ve only got one person for the job, you!
3. Tips to …Continue reading this article…
With an ever-changing work climate, there’s a good chance you’ve worked freelance before, have heard of the 4-hour workweek (and want to try it, right?) or in fact, work a double life.
What’s a double work life? This is when you spend your day at a 9-5 job and your evenings or weekends working on your own business, a second job or passion project. Here at MOO, we’re fascinated by these ‘double lifers’ and even have quite a few of them working for us too.
So, we’ve started a series where we get to know some exciting, inspiring folks in our community and at MOO too, to find out what it takes to lead a double life, err work life, we mean…
The MOO Shop has been officially open for about a week and we are very pleased to be meeting MOO Customers (old and new). For those who haven’t been able to visit, let us introduce ourselves. We’re the MOO Shop team: Georgi, Lauren and Charlotte. Good to meet you!
The MOO Shop is already proving to be a hive of activity with customer collections, connections and inspiration being shared. Our sample wall has proved to be very popular. As the ‘try before you buy’ section of the Shop, it gives customers a chance to get an idea for how our different paper stocks actually feel, whilst checking out some …Continue reading this article…
We love discovering new businesses that you guys have got kicked-off and love it when your creative use of MOO Products has been some small part of a success story. That really is the icing on the cake. (CAKE! Did someone say cake?)
So when we decided that we wanted to open a shop, pretty much the first thing (after deciding that there were going to be cookies) was to ensure that you, our customers, and your businesses took pride of place.
According to staff accounts it was a very (we repeat, very!) cold morning when Daniel arrived at the US MOO office. He was then quickly scooped up by Steve and Paul (visting from the UK) and given a tour of the warehouse. This went down a treat as he was shown the physical creation of many MOO Products including our Luxe Cards.
Soon after, Daniel spent some time with MOO CEO, Richard Moross (where we can only assume they discussed the amazing cake waiting outside).…Continue reading this article…
We wanted to start off the year with a good one, and luckily, inspiration came to our very doorstep. At the end of December, we got a visit from our UK MOO Award winners, ColaLife – you can read all about their trip to MOO HQ here, and their brilliant business here.
Aside from their business and their brilliant presentation, we were also hugely impressed with their Business Cards. As you can see above, they used Printfinity to create 5 Business Cards that present their business – from start to finish. Simon …Continue reading this article…
When we invited our UK MOO Award winners Simon Berry (along with his wife and business partner Jane) from ColaLife to have lunch with us at MOO HQ, we didn’t plan for them to walk in halfway through dessert – but sadly, a combination of late trains and a Twitter meltdown meant that we didn’t get to have the long lunch followed by their presentation, as we’d planned.
However, this didn’t deter Simon and Jane, who had a quick bite as they prepared to talk to MOO about their own, rather more personal long journey – from the conception of the ColaLife idea, to its current …Continue reading this article…
Given that it’s small business week, we recently decided to pose a simple question on the MOO Facebook page – what was the best piece of business advice you’d ever heard? The response was absolutely outstanding with over 300 of you sharing your thoughts and suggestions.
Having gone through them all, we’ve decided that we should offer up a prize to Sandrine Cousette Franchet, who shared the following piece of advice:
Of course, with so many entries, we couldn’t go without mentioning a few other fantastic pieces of advice that were entered, and a big thank you to everyone who took the …Continue reading this article…
A New Service for Companies with 10+ Employees
In recent weeks we have announced Rounded Corner Business Cards, MOO Business Card Designs and a Small Business Starter Kit in honor of US Small Business Week. Today we are thrilled to share another new offering from MOO and this time it’s a service offering – MOO Business Services for business with more than ten employees who want to order in bulk.
At MOO we are fortunate to have some of the most passionate, loyal customers out there. Thank you all!
Many people who order from us are sole proprietors of a small business or someone who works in a company with two or three people. And over time we have …Continue reading this article…
If you hadn’t already guessed from the title (clever, aren’t we?), it’s National Small Business Week in the US. Many of our customers are freelancers or small businesses, and this week it’s all about you. We’ve met loads of cool and interesting small businesses over the past five years; businesses that made us think “Wow! Why hadn’t I thought of that?” Like Santa Barbara Silver Safari who rent vintage airstream trailers in California or Touchcloud who offers a green alternative to server hosting. How cool!
So what is National Small Business Week?
Small Business Week recognizes the contributions of small businesses in America. This year more …Continue reading this article…
Well, that was a deliciously hot weekend in the UK, wasn’t it? For once it almost makes you feel smug you didn’t decide to leave the country over the Easter weekend!
And if you’re not going abroad, all you really need is a lovely country cottage to relax in with friends or family. This is why our ears pricked up when we recently came across Sarah, owner of Devon based Sherborne Cottages, via our Facebook page. Sarah makes these adorable and effective MiniCard holder keyrings for her clients to get across a variety of messages, offers and useful information.
Well, we knew it wouldn’t take you long to grab our new double-sided Postcards and put your personal stamp all over it – and we weren’t disappointed. Over the last few months, we’ve been watching Flickr with a hawk-eye for anything extraordinary, and as you can see, we were spoilt for choice.
Stylish photographer Kylie Clarke Photography has taken full advantage of being able to upload pdfs to both sides of the Postcard, by branding both sides of her promo Postcards with her arresting images, plus contact details.
”To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master.”
So said Milton Glaser, designer of the I Heart NY logo that spawned a thousand T shirts – and as a creator of a world famous city symbol, he should know! The power of the logo, particularly in business is almost unquantifiable – it’s the one thing that every business needs to represent their brand in one simple, visually arresting design.
Which is why MOO is delighted to welcome our new partner Logoworks! They’re a fantastic logo design company who can help all you MOOsters with great ideas get a powerful logo for your business at a price to suit a whole range of budgets.
So whether you’re just …Continue reading this article…
Whether you’re cozying up by the fire during the recent blizzards, or embracing the cold weather by ice-skating or skiing with a sweetheart, Valentine’s Day is approaching. We know love is in the air. In fact, we’ve even received some love and thankfulness from many of you! We’ve been grateful to have several happy customers give us a taste of their products (literally) after helping them out with their MOO orders.
What could be better than receiving a box of baklava in the mail while we’re hard at work answering your customer service questions? We’re not sure, because the baklava we received from Glad Annie’s Old World Baklava, …Continue reading this article…
For those of you who made a New Year’s resolution to become your own boss, you’re in luck! Friend of MOO, Emma Jones, has just released The Start Up Kit – a friendly and accessible guide to starting a new venture, with the added bonus of coming complete with essential start-up products ranging from business cards to bank accounts.
The kit offers the tools, tips and techniques that you’ll need to get started and keep growing. The 200 page book also offers really easy-to-follow advice on everything from company registration, making sales, embracing technology and keeping customers happy, illustrated with stories of successful start-ups and their top tips!
New Year resolutions are one of those December traditions we never really give much thought, like mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and ugly Christmas jumpers, it just feels right. And they’re great because, in theory, you can decide to change anything, from the minuscule to the massive to the totally practical – the ancient Babylonians often resolved to return their neighbours’ farming equipment!
But if your resolution is something a bit bigger than going to the gym – like starting your own business – then sticking to it has significantly higher stakes! Surveys have shown that 3 out of 4 people break within the first few months.
So how do you give yourself the best shot at achieving your goal and building a …Continue reading this article…
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