My name is Michael and I am the proud founder of nuMONDAY!
I always feel brands and businesses are lost without personalities or a bit about who is actually behind them so I thought I’d share my story, my vision and what nuMONDAY means to me.
To get started, I am 32 years old, married and have a cat (he’s our Head of Security and is called Socks).
I have grown up and lived in the Southside of Glasgow (apart from a 2 year stint in Edinburgh) all of my life.
In late 2014, I embarked on a small project selling cufflinks online.
I heard about a site from my Brother in Law called Etsy and that is when I first became fascinated by the workings of a marketplace.
During this time I found Etsy was increasingly becoming filled with Chinese imports and non-handmade goods, which for me was against what I interpreted as their founding truths, value and ethos.
A year later I stopped selling my cufflinks online and took some time to reflect on where I was going with my career (I was working full time for a retailer at this point).
It was whilst I was on honeymoon for a month in the United States that I started to reflect on my life and my happiness at work.
It was during reflection, I noticed there was a gap in the market, especially in the UK for a creative marketplace.
People were becoming increasingly frustrated with Etsy and not having a UK equivalent.
I then started to think about how it would look and what important truths and values would be required to build a community marketplace for creative entrepreneurs.
After a few months of planning, on the 9th December 2016 with 30 sellers, nuMONDAY was launched.
nuMONDAY soon started to grow rapidly and within a year had over 1,200 sellers before in 2018 reaching over 2,000 sellers with over 250,000 unique visitors per month.
People often ask about the name nuMONDAY and where does it come from.
My answer to this is as follows:
“The name nuMONDAY was based on my philosophy that everyone should follow their passions and do what they love. Instead of dreading the working week, you should be embracing it and that’s where the name nuMONDAY was formed, with the “nu” standing for new mindset and “MONDAY” representing your new beginning.”
So where is nuMONDAY in 2018 with regards to its ethos, values and truths?
Etsy’s recent announcement of raising their fees from 3.5% to 5% including shipping (they still have PayPal or Etsy transaction fees of over 3% on top of that as well as listing fees) has caused a bit of a stir.
The rising fees and costs on the larger and bigger marketplaces shows they are becoming increasingly corporate and heading away from what their foundations were built on.
At nuMONDAY the ethos is to create an affordable platform for creatives to sell online.
It’s a simplistic and basic ethos but it is its truth and number one value.
That is why nuMONDAY is only £4.99 per month and provides 100% of sales to its sellers.
There are no listing or transaction fees.
My vision for nuMONDAY is to make it the UK’s number one marketplace for creatives.
I hope with all your support and help whether you are nuMONDAY customer or seller or simply someone thinking about joining us, you will help push the nuMONDAY brand and name to the next level.
It’s about making this fantastic community something special and creating a marketplace that creatives are proud of.
If you ever have any questions for me then please email me at [email protected],
Thank you for reading my story and welcome to the nuMONDAY Community,
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