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Unemployed Mom's Easy Duvet Cover Idea

Updated on May 10, 2013

Qande Easy Fit Duvet Covers

Qande Easy Fit Duvet Covers
Qande Easy Fit Duvet Covers

Unemployed Mom's Life-Changing Idea

Work at Home Mom's Online Success with Easy Fit Duvet Cover

An unemployed mother in Leeds, England changed her life and became a successful work at home mom, with one simple idea. Joyce Bert was unemployed and "living on the breadline" as she put it, after having worked as a personal assistant for nine years in London, and wondering just how she was going to manage with a son to look after. "I was so embarrassed," she said "I would go into the job- seekers office and check that no one saw me entering. ..... I was so desperate to find something, anything to pay my way.'

One day while wrestling with a duvet cover she thought to herself, like countless other people have done no doubt, that there must be a better way of designing a duvet cover so that it is not such a chore to put the duvet inside it. The difference was that she actually decided to sit down and design a better duver cover. This simple idea made her almost overnight into a successful businesswoman making money online sellling her easy fit duvet covers.

What is a Duvet Cover ?!

At this point I should perhaps define what a duvet and a duver cover are. As it would appear that people in the USA don't use them, or if they do they may call them something different like a 'down comforter'. A duvet is like a large flat sleeping bag filled with feathers or down that you put on your bed instead of blankets. They were used widely in countries like Germany in Central Europe and in recent years have found their way over to the UK where they are replacing blankets. They are warm, light and comfortable but they will get dirty and greasy if you don't cover them by using a 'duvet cover'. So when you a buy a duvet you also need to buy some duvet covers to go with it. The problem with duvets and duvet covers is that some people find it difficult, not to say exasperating, to slide the duvet into the cover, which is why Joyce Bert decided to design her own easy fit duvet covers.

The patented design that she came up with is very simple. Instead of opening on one side, her duvet covers open on three sides. It is so simple everyone wonders why no-one else came up with it before. She spent £15 ($22) on a roll of fabric and made three of her new easy fit duvet covers herself, which were quickly bought by friends. I don't know how much she sold them for but if it was $22 each then she made approximately $44 profit for the effort of sewing together her duvet covers.

This article from the Daily Telegraph has an article on how the Qande Easy Fit Duvet Covers work - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/7966743/Single-mother-reinvents-duvet-cover.html.

Her friends were so impressed they convinced her that she should sell more. With the help of a local scheme for budding entrepreneurs, Urbanbiz, she succeeded in getting her duver covers on the market and sold more than 50 covers for £35 ($50) each on a market stall in Leeds. Flushed with success she then launched her own company Qande Duvet Covers and set up a website - http://qandeduvetcovers.webs.com - , and gradually built up her business until she was selling hundreds of her covers online. Kenyan-born Joyce Bert says the idea has changed her life. She also says "Most of my customers have told me it's changed their lives. They're amazed that something so simple hasn't been designed before. The general consensus seems to be that something which is an everyday problem for so many people can be solved so easily."

Just recently however her story has taken another turn as she has signed a contract with high street retailers Matalan and others and also with a television shopping channel to make even more of her covers. And her simple invention could end up making her a fortune.

So well done to Joyce Bert, she came up with a better duvet cover that changed her life and in the process may have made herself a lot of money ! All she needs now is for Oprah to name it her best new non-electronic gadget !

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      liz from cheshire 

      6 years ago

      fantastic idea where can i buy one from

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      Paulia 

      6 years ago

      Hello, I would like to share an experience. I buy a duvet cover on the site WWW.SUPERDUVETCOVERS.CA, price $ 47.99 free shipping anywhere in Canada. I can assure you that product quality is superb. There are over 200 models available. Delivery is very fast. To save you must go to this website. WWW.SUPERDUVETCOVERS.CA

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      Ashley 

      7 years ago

      I genuinly thought I had come up with this idea as putting a quilt into a cover is a pain in the backside and I have never seen one bedfore. However I have lots of other ideas and I would like to wish her the best of look and I hope she sells many more in the future.

      Well done Joyce

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      Singular Investor 

      7 years ago from Oxford

      Hi Joyce - thanks for dropping by - how's the easy fit duvet business doing ? Still going strong I hope. People commenting here tend to be polite and positive, mainly because if they aren't I don't approve their comments ! Lol - power at last. That also explains why it took 6 days for your comment to appear, as I was busy with the day job.

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      Joyce Bert 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Singular Investor,

      I don't normally go to the comments section in the ariticles about the Duvet because there are some very rude and bitter people who leave some nasty comments that are not constructive. This is the first one I have read and the people are well mannered. I shall refer my friends and clients to your blogs. Thank you once again.

      At Patsy, Pleasse contact me on qandeduvetcovers@yahoo.co.uk or you can go to my website and send me an email from there. The website is qandeduvetcovers.com. Please mention the website so that I can remember who you are as I get a good number of people come to me with ideas they want to move forward.

      Regards

      Joyce Bert

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      Singular Investor 

      7 years ago from Oxford

      Patsy - thank you for the comment but this is not the official Qande duvet covers easy fit duvet website - I am just a blogger - you need to click on the link above to get to the Qande site

      Dell - thanks for the omment too - if Joyce ever reads this site about her easy fit duvet covers I'm sure she will appreciate the fine Australian compliment :-)

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      dell 

      7 years ago

      I live in Sydney, Australia. I go to pieces when it's' time to wash the b..... duvet (we call them doonas) and have to get my next door neighbour in to help. She does hers on her own, but says she had to climb inside it! To Joyce, I would like to pay you the ultimate Australian compliment, "Good on yer, mate!!".

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      patsy 

      7 years ago

      its brill that you don't have to worry about money anymore and you can give your son a beter future i have read about your duvet covers a few people have said that you have put to many buttons on and just like you i have thought of something easyer if you want to know when you read this leave me a comment and i will get back to you ok this is not a joke

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      Singular Investor 

      8 years ago from Oxford

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting Victoria ! Easy fit duvet covers - who woulda thunk it !

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      Victoria West 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Great hub!

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      Singular Investor 

      8 years ago from Oxford

      Rob, ST and Eovery - too true I hope she makes a pile. Her sales should increase a lot (not because or my hub but because she has been in a lot of mainstream UK newspapers with her easy fit duvet covers. It's great to see too that you don't need a really complicated idea - just something simple that works and the energy to get it all together.

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      eovery 

      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      This is capitalism at its best. A person can develop a business as he/she want. I love this types of business.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Sherri 

      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      So true...in so many of the things we do every day are simple improvements waiting to be turned into businesses. I love this kind of success story. What an inspiration to others!

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      Rob 

      8 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      It's always good to see a down-on-her-luck person come up with a clever way to make money. Bravo to her.

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