Episode 2: Denise Rawls – Launching a greeting cards business, leaving the Civil Service, starting a subscription box business and a strategic marketing business.

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Making Money Moves is a brand new podcast brought to you by Janet’s List, hosted by Janet Oganah and Adonica Simmons. The aim of our podcast is to open up conversations about money, mindset and the moves people have made to build successful businesses. If you are a female entrepreneur, a high impact woman or are simply looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. We interview inspiring guests, mostly women of colour, who are building incredible businesses. Our guests will also share tips and strategies which you can apply at any stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

We loved our conversation with Denise Rawls, the founder of Hue Boxx and Hackney Hive. We discussed her greeting cards business and how a chance meeting with Theo Paphitis and Tamara Mellon equipped her with essential start-up advice. We also get an inside scoop on her involvement in launching London’s premier dance venue the Ministry of Sound.  We discuss her most recent business, a subscription gift box business called Hue Boxx which we love.
Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:
  • Organising your day to balance your job with your side business (7:00)
  • Common sales mistakes to avoid when targeting your customer base (19.06)
  • The importance of trademarks and protecting your company name (21:22)
  • How to make the most of mutually-beneficial collaborations (22:48)
  • ‘Don’t marry an idiot’ – how to choose a relationship that compliments your path (25:30)
  • Learning to balance logistics and cashflow – value buying in bulk versus budgeting for lead-time
  • Business book recommendations from Denise to help move your business forward (33:38)
  • Who Denise would love to hear next on the show (spoiler alert – it is Alison Sadler!)
If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:
Denise Rawls – Hue Boxx and Hackney Hive (Website) and @HueBoxx (Instagram) and @Denise_Rawls (Twitter)
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Adonica Simmons: Global Style Services (Instagram)
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