Can you please tell a bit about yourself and the business that you are involved in?
I came from Australia to study Entrepreneurship at Westminster Business School and two years ago I decided I wanted to start a business. I spent 6 months brainstorming and a year and a half starting the business www.hallbookers.co.uk.
My business is the first website that gives students a place to voice their opinion on private student halls. Students can leave reviews which allow my website to expose the best and worst private halls in London. Eventually I want to work with the good private student halls to take bookings.
What would you most like to learn in this Entrepreneurship Pathway that would help you in the future?
I think the theory comes in use sometimes and helps give me a good general business sense of everything which is essential, but it is the entrepreneurial practical side of the course which gives me the most experience.
Which Three Adjectives Describe Your Strengths?
Creative, persistent and planner
What Do You Want on Your Resume in Two Years?
Enough entrepreneurial experience to help me get investments for future projects.
How did you come to be an entrepreneur?
The most important thing was spending time thinking about ideas and seeking inspiration.
Tell me about your first entrepreneurial experience as a kid?
I never cared that much about entrepreneurship till two years ago when I actively decided to start a business and spent a lot of time making sure it happened.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I really hope that soon it will be www.hallbookers.co.uk, but for the mean time I ate a custom made burger from McDonalds that weighed 3 pounds.
What’s your most memorable experience as an entrepreneur?
Riding my bike around London during the summer for two weeks and taking photos of all the private student halls in London.
What do you consider to be success as an entrepreneur?
Creating something that has value to other people and is financially viable.
How is running a successful business different than what you thought it would be?
It is often very slow, even when you want to push the business you still have things you have to wait on and can leave you with nothing to do at times.
How do you think being an entrepreneur has turned you into a better person?
I am more independent and don’t have to rely on some job for a profit maximization corporation to support my life.
What popular entrepreneurial advice do you disagree with?
A lot of people believe a team is essential from the beginning of a business, I disagree, so far I can learn everything myself and if the work is too much I can hire an intern.
The first website which helps students find the best halls and avoid the worst has been founded by Kristian Else, a 21 year old student, who received funding and support through Start-Up Loans.
Reviews and unbiased information about private halls has been non-existent until now. Students no longer need to blindly trust a student halls’ biased marketing material and sign up to lengthy tenancy agreements of up to 12 months that are difficult to get out if conditions are unsatisfactory.
The website, similar to TripAdvisor, is building a database of reviews and information for every private hall in London and gradually covering the UK.
Hallbookers is working alongside universities and student unions to inform students before they book their halls and encourage them to check reviews to prevent them from getting tricked or deceived.
Learn more about Business Management – Entrepreneurship BA Honours at Westminster Business School right here. Also, you can follow some of our graduates and their success here at our blog or you can watch our YouTube video about the Entrepreneurship Pathway.
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