Weploy is a casual recruitment app which is changing the way the world looks at employment. Weploy utilises a simple online platform that cuts out the middleman to provide the fastest and easiest on-demand staffing solutions. There is even a built-in rating system to ensure the highest standards of working environment and staff quality.
Where did you get the idea for Weploy?
Originally the idea came about from Nick and Vinh who both owned businesses and had a common problem of having people call in sick constantly. When they first approached me and told me about the problem they were trying to solve, I instantly connected with the problem, not only from just a business owners perspective but also from a job seeker and a recruitment professional point of view. I knew if we could solve this problem, we could actually impact the world positively. So building on the foundations they had developed, I looked at how we could further develop the idea to create global impact from both sides of the fence.
How do you think weploy will change the way people are hired?
Our mission is to change the way the world looks at employment, as the current methods of hiring and sourcing are very outdated and traditional. Countless studies have been conducted about the future of work and how the ever-growing gig-economy is really changing the landscape of work. So for us, there are multiple ways in which we can change the way people are hired, but one that really sticks out to me is being able to redefine the traditional CV whilst breaking the barriers of employment for many younger people. Rather than using a CV as a means to vet a candidate, we utilise innovative games and assessments which can give us real data. And what we're already seeing is that when we compare these young students, a lot of them are scoring higher than the average working adult. So for us, we believe that hiring purely on job titles is a thing in the past, and what we want to focus on is how do we hire these brilliant minds and give them a fighting chance to pursue careers they really want.
What lessons have you learnt so far on your business journey?
1. Time is not abundant.
When you're building a start-up there are no set hours of work, and time quickly runs out. So for me, it's been about how can I best utilize time to ensure I have the most impactful day. To achieve this I utilize a lot of technology to help streamline my processes. Some of the apps I cannot live without are; Whatsapp, Trello, Slack, Google Drive, Xero and of course we're heavy users of our own app Weploy, as I outsource as much of my work as possible.
2. You're only as good as your team.
People are everything, and with the right team, anything is achievable. When we hire we don't care about what job titles you've had, or which fortune 500 company you worked at. What we're really interested in is how will you fit in with our team, and what you're capable of doing.
3. No amount of planning is going to ensure you run smoothly.
Unexpected things will pop up almost every week. Learn how to deal with this quickly and be as agile as you can. If you do not know how to be agile, you cannot last in a fast moving startup. If you haven't already done so, read the Lean Startup, and if you already have, read it again.
What are your top three tips for starting a business?
1. Don't start a business because you want to make money.
If you want to make money, go stockbroker or work corporate. It's so much easier. Start a business because it aligns with what you're truly passionate about. Passion overrules everything and when you're truly passionate about your companies mission, you'll find that not just you, but also your team, will find it so much easier to work through those really tough moments. At the end of each day when I go to sleep, I'm exhausted from the madness that the day has produced. I'm hungry as I've forgotten to eat lunch again, I'm tired due to the lack of sleep, but more importantly, I'm happy that I'm doing what I love and wouldn't trade it for anything, not even that cushy corporate job I once had paying more than double what I'm currently earning. No amount of money is worth the happiness that chasing your passion can bring.
2. Find mentors
You won't know everything, and that's totally ok. Find yourself some mentors in different areas and just ask them for help. But be specific, and respect their time. My mentors have been able to help me manoeuvre out of situations within seconds that I had been stuck in for weeks.
3. Be prepared
Being an entrepreneur is hard work. Sure there's a lot of perks and rewards, but when the times get tough, it get's tough. Do your research and know your product/industry inside out. Invest in building a business plan, regardless of whether you're looking for investment or not as it's a great exercise for you to really understand the ins and out of your business. Be prepared to do whatever it takes. I've had every job title from toilet cleaner, to janitor to CEO. Speak to as many people as possible and find out what they've had to go through and what their journey was like, then ask yourself could you go through it too.
What business model was most influential in your journey towards launching Weploy?
We stand true to our mission and want to impact at a global level, so it was really about finding a business model that would allow us to scale large enough to be able to achieve global impact. Which is why when we looked into how our current model works, we saw that we could easily scale a traditional industry.
Tony Wu is the Head of Growth at Weploy who are RMIT Activator participants. He also studied the RMIT Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship), 2006. He is willing to answer your questions about starting a new business. Find him in the Members section.