"I had some horrible internships where my greatest excitement of the day was visiting the water cooler! I had to find something that was really going to inspire me." and "I was struggling to find a role that suited me and opportunities in mainstream employment were not what I was looking for." BEST OF LUCK OLI!
Along with a friend, we have recently started goCarShare. goCarShare is a really exciting new travel concept - it allows people to share car journeys.
It is particularly useful for students, festival goers or anyone travelling long distances. It is a cheap, green and fun way to travel. Drivers post car share requests on the site, potential passengers will then do a search... they can see how close the driver is located to them on the google map integrated on the site. Users can learn more about the people they will be sharing with as information is pulled through from facebook.
Furthermore users rate each other making it easy to see who are the good people to car share with and who aren't! With train and fuel prices becoming increasingly extortionate we want to create a community of goCarSharers! Every day is different.
Yesterday I wrote to Caroline Lucas, the first Green Party member to be elected as an M.P. Today I have been contacting lots of student unions trying to get them to endorse the scheme and tomorrow I will be talking to the developers trying to get changes made to the website so that goCarShare functions even better!!
I was unemployed for 6 months unsure of what I really wanted from life. I left Durham University with a solid 2:1 in History and Politics without a clear idea of a career.
I had some horrible internships where my greatest excitement of the day was visiting the water cooler! I had to find something that was really going to inspire me.
Car sharing was not something I really dreamt about. However, the excitement and creativity that goes into running your own business is both challenging and thrilling. There is no horrible boss breathing down my neck, no endless piles of photocopying, I just get on with it.
Everyday I wake up really excited about going to work! Feeling miserable on the tube on day two of a 3 week internship, I was worrying that I might be doing this for the next 40 years! It is a brave decision to be part of a start up business.
I was struggling to find a role that suited me and opportunities in mainstream employment were not what I was looking for.
Web-based start ups take a lot of thought and consideration. There were quite a few months where we talked through the idea with developers, gauged interest with students, festival goers etc. Drummy, my partner, spent some time in the Alps reflecting on the scheme.
Funding start ups is very very difficult. At the moment we are running the company on a shoe string! In the future we are looking to apply for green grants and maybe raise money from family of friends or angel investors!
Worst bit: Realising I might still be surviving on baked beans after three years of them at University!
Best bits: Every day is filled with excitement, challenges and hopefully achievements. It is really exciting to see people using the site and the site functioning. It is amazing to see an idea turn into a reality. Alongside this, I am always learning new skills and facing new problems. I could not really ask for any more from a job!
3 in 300 start-ups actually work. This has meant that I have put everything I have into getting goCarShare up and running! It makes you realise the pressure that you face and the time and effort that is going to have to go into making goCarShare work.
As Mr Nike would say: Just Do It.
Critical guidance from friends and family is extremely useful.