How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business owners for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Alec Lynch from DesignCrowd.
Current gig: Founder & CEO of DesignCrowd, a logo, web and graphic design crowdsourcing marketplace Location: Sydney, Australia Current mobile device: iPhone 6 Current computer: Asus One word that best describes how you work: Ideas
What apps/software/tools can't you live without?
What social network do you find the most useful?
What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?
Move fast, test everything and never give up.
What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?
When I started, I wanted the business to be successful but I half expected it to fail. Today we have 45 people in four countries and are doing almost $20m in revenue. Sometimes I pinch myself at how big it is.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
PowerPoint and ordering from restaurant menus.
What's your sleep routine like?
I'm a night owl, I like working late and almost never go to bed before midnight.
What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?
First, you need to start. If you have a good idea for a business, start today. Speed is everything. Then, I think working hard is most important. Whether you're an athlete or an entrepreneur, if you want to be successful you need to work hard.