Unley Publications : Unley Life Winter 2015
UNLEYLIFE 19 Home-based business is booming in the City of Unley. While bricks and mortar businesses will always be a huge focus for the Council, City of Unley Business and Economic Manager Peter Kennedy says home-based business is very much part of the business mix in the area. “ T here is often a misconception that home-based businesses are typically individuals in home of fices working exclusively on a computer. In reality the sector takes in far more than that. From electricians, plumbers to ‘mum - preneurs’, the financial contribution to the area is enormous,” says Peter. “It is incredibly important that we continue to nurture and support home- based businesses in the area as they undoubtedly add to the vibrancy and uniqueness of Unley as a whole.” Vicky Mackenzie is the ‘brains’ behind home-based business Stand By Me Furniture. It is the first and only business in Australia to manufacture authentic and unique handbag stands to the Unley and wider community. Vicky believes running the business from home was an obvious choice. “Being a new small business it was very desirable to be home-based. It seemed the most logical and safest approach with the transition, challenges and expectations of starting a small business,” says Vicky. “Some of the advantages have included convenience, cost effectiveness, personal and work freedom, minimal risks, and being in close physical proximity to the businesses I have partnered with to manufacture my unique products,” she says. Clémence Schmitt, and her t wo business par tners, started an Unley home based business called The Hunter Eclectic. The business was born after the three partners noticed that the majority of homewares available to the community were products mass-produced overseas. “ T he business started because we all love homewares, decorating and design, and all have very similar tastes,” says Clémence. “Running the business from home is very convenient. First of all, we all have a main job and can’t afford to quit just yet! Secondly, it keeps the costs low with no rent and no staff.” The Council runs a number of net working events and business breakfasts, as well as providing training opportunities through its partnership with the Eastside Business Enterprise Centre. For more information about the services available to home-based businesses in Unley, visit unley.sa.gov.au To find out more about the businesses mentioned above, check out their websites at standbyme.net.au and thehuntereclectic.com The rise and rise of home-based business From left: Clémence Schmitt (The Hunter Eclectic) and Vicky Mackenzie (Stand By Me Furniture).
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