MEET one of Penrith's newest business owners: a desire to work from home and put her passion for events to use, Kathryn Gulli, of Glenmore Park, registered her business name three months ago.
Miss Gulli held her first mobile high tea party on Saturday.
Wanting to own a business since completing a diploma in event management, Miss Gulli hit on high teas.
"I love going to high teas all that elegant crockery and decorations,'' she said.
She has already earned five bookings through word of mouth.
Miss Gulli started collecting antique china then registered the business name - Tealightful Tea Parties - three months ago.
What started as a hobby, with Miss Gulli working full time in the city, could replace her job.
After working in the events industry with late hours and weekend work, Miss Gulli said her business will give her flexibility when she eventually has a family of her own.
Asked if it was a good time to be starting business, Miss Gulli said: "I think for me it's safe because I've got a full time job.''
Miss Gulli has also teamed up with another local business owner to create mobile pamper high tea parties, where guests can be spoiled with beauty treatments and high tea delights.
"Through local networking I came across Kathryn and, knowing how difficult it is to start your own business, I thought it would be a great idea to go for pamper parties,'' said Rosie Saporito from Orchard Hills business Pure Bliss Head to Toe Beauty.
"This way we can provide our community with something different,'' she said.
Miss Gulli said she could cater for birthdays, hens' parties, work functions, or simply a friends' catch-up.
"All the guest needs is the location I do the rest.''
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Article by Gemma Seymour
4th August 2010
Picture: Gene Ramirez