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Tell us your business story to date...
Love the Sales was born out of a desire to make it easier to shop the sales. Shopping in store is rubbish as there's usually a poor selection of sizes after the first day, and shopping them online is really time consuming to find the best deal. I found this out as a young father trying to find good deals for gifts or nice products our family wanted or needed. Saving money was a major motivation. After a long time spent trawling online offers one Christmas I realised there was a better way to shop the sales.
I set about talking to an ex-colleague and explained what I thought could be a great idea. He was on board immediately and we chatted to an amazing developer he worked with. He was in too, and Love the Sales was born.
18 months after starting for real, we now work with over 600 retailers, displaying all their sales products to 100's of 1,000's of consumers every month.
What do you think it takes to become an entrepreneur?
I actually think becoming an entrepreneur is easy. Everyone has good ideas and many people could take the leap of faith required to get started. It's easy to get a desk in somewhere like Wework, and it's easy to set up a website. It's easy to source all manner of requirements nowadays. I think the difficult thing is actually seeing it through. Working the hours it takes in the early days without losing your mind or niggling at each other. Appreciating what the other people in your team do without stressing about what hasn't been done. Realising when to rest. Not tearing your hair out every time something doesn't go well. All those little things make it hard, but if you can keep calm throughout and understand everyone else's journey alongside you, whilst making the business a success, you've done well.
What tools & resources have helped you in your startup journey?
The biggest resource is the people around you. So I would say my family and my co-founders first and foremost.
The next would be our network. One thing we did from the outset was keep our network involved in what we were doing. The three of us had senior jobs prior to starting the company and we built a little team of advisors and mentors around us. I'd recommend every start-up does that.
Aside from people, there's a host of great tools out there for teams to use. One's we use without fail, on a daily basis, are Slack and Asana. They help us communicate and plan our workload really well. They're a must.
What has been the most fulfilling startup experience to-date? What did you learn?
I'd say the most fulfilling thing so far has been issuing shares from our options pool to our first employee. We are really keen to ensure that our team feel valued and involved in what we do and the first time we did that it was a great feeling.
Is there anything you can offer to help other startup businesses?
In the early days you need to stay focused on what you are really great at, and make it pay dividends. For us, organic search was something we really understood. We focused on that alone as our strategy of growth and it paid off. After a while you obviously need to diversify and open new channels, as we have, but if you are really amazing at a particular thing, that's what will get you out of the blocks.
Is there any help that are you looking for?
We are always interested in meeting super smart, data driven individuals with big ideas and lofty goals. We like to combine creativity and a desire to achieve huge things with a grounding in reality, so data is where it's at for us. If that's you, drop us a line.