Interview with Floggl
What’s your name and where do you come from? We are Floggl. Founders Tom and Cameron are from Salford, Manchester.
How did you spot a space in the market for your product or service? Tom had been a regular reseller on eBay we is skilled in finding items across local advertisements online and then reselling for a higher price on eBay. We found that many people avoided current selling platforms such as eBay and MusicMagpie as they often find it laborious, complicated, and financially unrewarding, this is when we started to think of our own solution. Floggl allows people to quickly sell their unwanted good for a fair price.
How long did you think about your business before bringing it to life? It was 2014 when we first had the idea for Floggl – but due to Cameron being in full-time employment and Tom studying at university, we’ve only brought Floggl to life in the recent months. We’ve spent the last four months developing our idea into a service.
How did you raise the funds to start your business? We have self-funded Floggl to the stage we’re at today – using only money that we have put aside ourselves to build our website and conduct our market research. We are currently in the process of obtaining a startup grant/loan to enable us to adapt to our predicted growth.
How do you stay informed – networking, newspapers, social media? We visit a number or networking events, it’s a great way to build relationships and get invaluable advice on your company (you also get free beer and pizza!). We also spend a lot of time researching our industry through social media and online publications.
Tell us about one of your business low-points and what you learnt from it Don’t cheap out on development if you’re creating a tech startup. Even though money may not be easy to source, it’s worth saving up the pennies and investing in a quality developer that can create the product you need.
Name five qualities people need to be successful in a job like yours
Dedicated – Goes without saying, you need to be willing to put the time in to build a truly brilliant business.
Thick skinned – You need to take onboard all criticism and use it to improve your business – use it to your advantage!
Passionate – In our opinion, without passion, you’re only driven by money. This doesn’t end well.
Willing to learn – If you want to be part of a fast growing business, you need to be able to learn new skills and adapt to the ever-changing environment around you.
Laid Back – Learn to relax. If you’re not having fun whilst you’re working, what’s the point?
Do you have a business mentor One of our mentors is Doug Ward, an old client of Cameron’s. Doug is Senior Business Advisor for Telcom and runs Spaceport X – a co-working space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
What’s been your favourite piece of press coverage so far? We’ve recently just placed second in Orega’s #StartMeUp competition and won 6 months worth of free office space which we’re really proud of. It was a great opportunity to share Floggl’s story with a new audience.
Name one of your favourite start-ups Airbnb. Cliche answer, but these guys knew that to build a successful business, they needed to understand their community and put them first. It’s such an obvious point but it’s so commonly forgotten.
Quick fire round
Apple or Android? Apple
Mac or PC? Mac
Apples for hand or melons for feet? Melons for feet
Name two chocolate bars you would put together to make a super bar Kinder Beueno and a Kinder Egg
Floggl is a brand new online selling platform that allows people to conveniently sell their unwanted goods online for a fair price. The way it works is that users will detail their items on the site and Floggl will offer users a quote based on the item description. Once accepted, the user will send their items to Floggl using their free courier service and the user is paid for their goods.