How A Young Entrepreneur Built His Online Business Entirely Through Working With Freelancers
“When I was 19 years old, during my second year of university, my grandma asked me if I wanted to earn some extra money by painting all the fences in the garden. I, of course, agreed. She gave me £100 for materials and told me to keep the change from that.
At that point, all I wanted to know was where the cheapest merchant that stored my products was and whether it was within a few minutes driving radius of my address. I did a quick Google search for ‘diy price comparison’ but couldn’t find anything useful. I got really frustrated and that’s how my idea for DIY SuperMerchant was born.”
Dan Ellis, founder of DIY SuperMerchant
DIY SuperMerchant empowers their users by offering an innovative price comparison service for DIY, home improvement and building products. The site includes only the best and most reputable merchants in the UK, giving its users an exclusive opportunity to get the lowest priced, high-quality products every time they shop.
Dan Ellis was only 19 and still in university when he had the vision for his online business. During one year, from the moment he started building his business from the ground up to the official launch in 2014, Dan also managed to achieve a first class Honours degree and land a full‐time job at a top UK construction contractor.
Now, it’s quite clear that Dan’s a smart guy. But...how did he do everything by himself?
The truth is, he didn’t.
Achieving the impossible
“I knew it was going to be almost impossible to achieve everything I wanted, so I reached out to PeoplePerHour.com. I heard about the platform through a recommendation, and today I realize that if it weren’t for them, there is a possibility I would have never continued to chase my dream to become a young entrepreneur, as I would’ve had a good business idea, yet no clue how to implement it,” confessed Dan Ellis.
He went on: “PeoplePerHour have made DIY SuperMerchant’s existence and my dream possible! I have hired freelancers to complete 51 jobs in total, including all sorts of tasks:
Business plan and financial forecast documents
Logo and letterhead design
Illustrative designs of Super Sam (our company mascot/character)
Website wireframes, designs and programming
Contract creation and administration
Company procedures, T&C’s and legal filings
Advert scripts creation
Promotional video shoots
and the list continues!”
Working effortlessly with freelance talents from around the world
“I half‐expected there to be a fair few hiccups along the way, considering PeoplePerHour offer talented labour from all over the world and our project brief was rather specific and innovative. However, I was pleasantly surprised and I can honestly say that from the 51 jobs I have completed using PPH, I have had no major problems that have resulted in a job being incomplete due to incompetence or poor workmanship!”
“I was slightly concerned about how I was going to monitor any freelancer that was willing to work for me... How will I know they are experts in their field? How will I know that the work is being completed properly and according to regulations? But PeoplePerHour.com were always on hand to provide assistance if it was required. They “vet” all freelancers, and even with the lower level certified freelancers, they offer a guarantee, meaning any deposited funds are safe until you’re completely happy with the final job.”
“We would not have been able to get to where we are today without the service that PeoplePerHour.com provide. Once again ‐ thank you,” added Ellis.