My name is Michael Wight and I am the proud founder and owner 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.
I have grown up and lived in the Southside of Glasgow (apart from a 2 year stint in Edinburgh) all of my life.
I graduated with Economics degree from the University of Strathclyde in 2008, going on to work for the UK’s largest Health and Beauty retailer, Boots, as a Store Manager and was with them for almost 10 years.
In 2012, I started my MBA at the University of Strathclyde before graduating in 2015 and it was during this period my passion for marketing and retail really began to take off.
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 learnt about marketing, eCommerce, web design and the inner workings and difficulties small businesses have.
Etsy was swamped with sellers from across the world and it was hard for newbies like myself to be really heard without spending lots on marketing.
This led me to giving up on selling cufflinks as it was not entirely my passion and I was soon discovering I preferred the social media and marketing side of business.
It was due to this experience that I decided to take a break away from cufflinks and Etsy in early 2015.
In 2016, I set up a Facebook page called Featured Glasgow that went from 0 to 60,000 likes and was mainly driven by Scottish memes and videos that were sent in from it’s community of followers.
This is where I learnt about marketing, social media and how important engagement of your audience is.
Just before getting married in September 2016, I was offered a substantial amount of money from someone to buy the page and I took it.
Looking back I wished I had kept it as they’ve done a terrible job of it and created click bait!
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.
I was not enjoying my work and it was not for me but what was?
What would I enjoy doing and what do I have a passion for?
These were the questions I had to answer and when I reflected on what I had done, I came to the conclusion I would do something around social media marketing.
But what would that look like?
I then started to think about how if I had applied the principles I learnt with Featured Glasgow to my cufflinks business how different it would have been.
So I started to look into selling my cufflinks again before realising people wanted a UK version of Etsy.
After a few months planning on the 9th December 2016 with 35 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 the name nuMONDAY and here is my answer:
“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.”
The funny thing is, nuMONDAY was scribbled down on a pad with my ideas of a job site to help people find their dream job!
I was thinking about my own position and how I could be relatable to the brand.
It was just a quick scribble down for an idea but when I decided on a marketplace I went back and chose the name as I feel it represents everything about my journey.
So what about my full time job you might ask?
Some of you might after working out the maths of me saying I worked for Boots for 10 years from 2008 that would mean you were still full time whilst building nuMONDAY?!
Yup, that’s correct I have worked full time whilst building this marketplace on my own and now I have taken the decision to work on nuMONDAY full time in order to take it to the next level and help drive more traffic, customers and build sellers brands to help them succeed.
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.
I’ve not always done things right at nuMONDAY, but I think the last month and the growth on the back of the Etsy announcement has created a buzz and feel good atmosphere within our community.
You can feel the energy on social media and in our community Facebook Group nuMONDAY Nation.
My vision for nuMONDAY is to make it the UK’s number one marketplace for creatives.
18 months ago that was the vision and it still is.
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 bringing people a community 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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