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.