The Dine Ink Utensil Set contains a fork, knife and spoon pen topper

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It sounds like a boss’ dream: pen toppers that double up as cutlery meaning a worker never has to leave their desk at lunchtime again.

The Dine Ink Pen Utensil Set is made of plastic and includes a fork, spoon and knife topper.

They can each be slotted onto the end of any standard ballpoint pen, meaning the pen can be used in the traditional way before being flipped over and becoming a utensil.

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The Dine Ink Utensil Set, pictured left, are pen toppers that double up as a full range of cutlery, designed to make eating at a desk, pictured right, much easier

First there was the spork, or the spoon-and-fork – and now there’s another piece of cutlery that could save on the washing up.

The device, dubbed the ‘Knork’, combines the four prongs of a fork with the sharp edge of a knife.

Made of stainless steel, it has been designed with very slight curved edges, so the bladed section will not easily cut someone reaching into the cutlery drawer, or even worse, cut their tongue while they are eating.

The desk cutlery set is available from the Fred and Friends store on Amazon and a set of three toppers, with pens, costs $8.49 (£5.49).

Its description said: ‘Ever found yourself sitting at your desk all set to eat lunch and realize you have no utensils to use? Then you are in desperate need of the Dine Ink Pen Utensil Set.

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Homing in on a successful business model

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The subscription economy, where goods are delivered to your door, is the business model du jour. Lovefilm proved the concept when it sold to e-commerce giant Amazon for £200m. Abel & Cole, the organic vegetable box delivery company, posted sales of £46.5m last year, up nearly 30pc on 2011. The subscription business is booming, but how do you make a success of it?

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Getting Online Products to Their New Owners

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Like many small-business owners, Hanna and Mark Lim gave little thought to fulfillment until they had no choice.

For the husband-and-wife owners of Lollacup, a maker of specially designed sippy cups, the moment of truth came about 36 hours after a segment about their company was shown in April 2012 on “Shark Tank,” the ABC reality show. At the time, the Lims, parents of young daughters, were handling their own fulfillment — the packing and shipping of products ordered online — from their Pasadena, Calif., living room.

After the show was broadcast and their daily orders doubled to 800, the Lims decided something had to change. “We had boxes piled everywhere,” Ms. Lim said. “We were begging friends and family to come over and help, bribing them with wine, and we still couldn’t keep up.”

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Etsy Offers Free Small Business Classes, Hopes to Expand Program

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Since Bill Benson retired as a cabinetmaker, he’s tried to sell custom frames, shelves and other furnishings built with lumber salvaged from old barns. What he earns selling at flea markets and to acquaintances isn’t enough to cover the $650 monthly rent on his workshop. “All my life,” he says, “I could make anything except money.”

Etsy wants to change that. The online craft marketplace last week started classes to teach business skills in Rockford, Ill., where Benson, 66, lives in public housing. He and eight other residents — from jewelers to printmakers — are learning how to set up small businesses and create online stores from a Rockford teacher and longtime Etsy seller. The company is expanding the free program with three classes in New York City starting this week and hopes to spread it to other cities soon.

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Entrepreneur battles winter chill with Radfan

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It’s a common problem in British homes. Temperatures drop and the radiators go on, but they just heat just the wall or send hot air out of the window while the room remains freezing. But this is a problem that one British inventor, Roland Glancy, is attempting to solve.

“I came up with the idea because my wife would always complain of feeling cold when we were sitting on the sofa,” he explained. “I didn’t want to keep turning up the heating because it was expensive so I bought a few fans from eBay and made a prototype that pushed the hot air into the middle of the room.”

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Exhausted Mom’s “Magic” Idea Makes Millions

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One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don’t have to hang on to an old dream that has stopped nurturing us — that there is always time to start a new dream. This week’s story is about a new mom who couldn’t get her baby to sleep more than 30 minutes, unless he was in a stroller or in the car. The exhausted mom crafted a sleepsuit that would give her son a sense of security and it had a magic effect! Soon, other parents were begging for their own. Maureen’s Magic Sleepsuit is projecting over $1 million in sales next year, and is helping parents (and their little ones), get the rest they so desperately need. — Marlo, MarloThomas.com

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