What was your first job after leaving school/further education?
I worked as a window cleaner throughout my time at university and then whilst at university I dropped out early to set up my business.
When did you start your business & what prompted you to do it?
I started SharkDog in August 2014. I was working for a company during the summer doing all of their social media and thought ?Hey I?m quite good at this stuff why – am I not doing it for myself??
What did you find most challenging at the beginning?
To be honest, there were no real challenges at the beginning. Everything kicked off with a massive bang and the coverage and awareness we were getting was brilliant and I was absolutely loving it.
I guess going without a salary for the first 4 months was hard but I was having that much fun that it didn?t really bother me.
Who did you ask for advice & why did you choose them?
Russell Dalgleish has been my business mentor and biggest supporter throughout the full journey. I was working with Russell during the summer and it was him who helped me set up SharkDog.
How did you fund your business?
There were no real set up costs involved. I already had my laptop. I was managing other people?s social media accounts for them so all I really needed was an internet connection and I was good to go. Which was great considering most startups need a lot of investment at the beginning.
What would you do differently now looking back?
At the moment I can?t think of many things I would have done different – given that the business is only 6 months old and still so new. I may look back on some things differently in a few years time.
What or who has helped you to grow your business the most?
I?ve got to award this one to my right hand woman and best friend Mary Philip. Mary came into the business in October 2014 and has just been absolutely amazing. She?s such a hard worker and always goes the extra mile to help me out. I?d be lost without her.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
The biggest challenge has been implementing all the proper processes and systems that are required when you are managing a lot of clients.
What are the future plans for your business?
My plan is to grow SharkDog into the biggest digital agency in Scotland. We?ve got the brand we just need to master the delivery and we?ve got an excellent offering.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to set up their own business?
Go for it. Don?t worry about failing. You can never fail if you only set out to try.
Tell us something about you that isn’t commonly known.
In high school I used to run my own illegal tuck shop selling cans of Irn-Bru 20 pence cheaper than the school caf?.
And finally, why did you join WeDO?
I volunteered at the WeDo Conference in 2014 and was blown away by the standard of the conference, the team running WeDo and the community feel of the members. So when I set up my business a few months later it was a no brainer.