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In for a Penny: A Business Adventure by Peter Hargreaves

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Chapter 2: The Money’s in the Post

A Short Journey to Work

I can remember our first day quite clearly. I awoke, went to the kitchen, devoured a bowl of cereals and a cup of coffee and walked back up the short flight of stairs to what would be our first office. We had one phone (my home number), a borrowed typewriter and some new dictating equipment. As the phone was my home number, and I was the first into the office, I got to sit at that desk. At 8.30, Stephen turned up and I presented him with a front door key. We had no income and no clients. Stephen’s wife was expecting their first child in a couple of months. It certainly focused our minds.

At least we had done our homework. We knew from the start that we wanted to specialise in unit ...

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