Debbie Wosskow
CEO and Founder of
Love Home Swap, 
United Kingdom

Q: What is the first thing you do after waking up?

A: I start the day with exercise and end it by unwinding with a bath and a scroll through Instagram – food and fitness bloggers are my guilty pleasure.

Queen of the sharing economy

A terrible hotel experience with my kids coupled with inspiration from Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet in the hit romantic comedy ‘The Holiday’ sparked the idea of Love Home Swap while I was 30,000 feet in the air. While the concept of home swapping is not new, the space was sleepy and required a refreshing, fun brand that reflected the true home swapping experience. Coming from a family of female entrepreneurs, I felt naturally prepared to tap into a gap in the market.

It took roughly 18 months of experimenting to find out what works to get Love Home Swap off the ground, but it is that thorough preparation that made Love Home Swap what it is today: the largest home swapping club in the world, with over 100,000 properties in 190 countries.

Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy and it requires grit to run a business. Having staying power matters more than the initial (and, oftentimes, fleeting) enthusiasm that comes with an idea. But once you see that idea turn into reality, the hard work is more than worth it. It’s like planting a seed, and watching it flourish and grow.

Debbie Wosskow is a serial entrepreneur and investor from London. An Oxford MA graduate, she is a former management consultant, launching her first business at age 25 before later selling it to Loewy Group. Now, Debbie is CEO and founder of Love Home Swap, the world’s largest home swapping club. Powered by a team of 60, Love Home Swap helps thousands enjoy better holidays through swapping.

This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.