Our story so far…
A bold vision
Talking about a vision or mission makes us think of meaningless management gobbledy-gook but, for once, it actually feels appropriate. Because, we are on a bold mission:
We want to help families waste less time and money on their household admin so that they can spend more on the things that they love.
Like… playing with the kids… or going away on that holiday you’ve been aching for… or sailing… or base-jumping… or taking the dog for a drive. (See, the dog on our home page does make sense!)
An idea is born
“What if there was a simple way to have visibility on all your household admin, that automatically filed your documents and made sure that you were always on the right tariff?”
The idea for Onedox was borne out of frustration from realising how much time and money is wasted in dealing with and overpaying for household utilities.
From having to figure out when your energy tariff is ending, if your £80/month TV and internet package that you don’t really use is good value or even figuring out when your MOT is due for renewal, it is all a nightmare inducing and wasteful pain.
Whilst technology has made some aspects of household admin simpler, in other ways it has made life more complicated: rather than having all of your correspondence arriving in a single inbox (the good old fashioned letter box!) instead you have to login to multiple websites or apps instead!
Price comparison sites can be a great tool to help see if you can get a better deal, but they require figuring out the magic numbers to put in and, more importantly, remembering to go and check at a time when you could actually change package. Boring.
So, back in 2015 three friends (and former colleagues) Dave, Rick and Hugh started working to ask some serious questions:
What if there was a simple way that to have visibility on all your household admin, that automatically filed your documents and made sure that you were always on the right tariff?
So, back in 2015 three friends (and former colleagues) Dave, Rick and Hugh started asking ourselves..
What if there was a simple way to have visibility on all your household admin, that automatically filed your documents and made sure that you were always on the right tariff?
What if you could get a helping hand transferring your utilities when moving home?
What if there was an easier way to split the cost of expenses with your fellow house sharers?
They realised that a revolution was needed to simplify life and eliminate admin faff. So, they set out to create Onedox.
The journey so far
” a win-win situation: providing a valuable service to families whilst making a living doing something that we love!”
We identified that key household information is locked away in lots of different places. Just getting this information together is a massive chore.
Overcoming this particular hurdle could be the key to fundamentally addressing the problem of wasting time and money.
We also saw a path to making a viable business out of solving this problem… a win-win situation where we provide a valuable service to families whilst also making a living doing something that we love!
So, we built a beta version of the service and had friends and family test it during the summer of 2015. Using that feedback we launched to the world in late 2015 and we’ve been working hard on improving it ever since.
We’ve learnt a lot since then… and over five thousand families are now using Onedox to take the pain out of their household admin.
Onedox has downloaded over 160,000 bills and documents and helps those family manage over £6M a year in household spend.
Encouraged by the popularity of the service, we began building up our team late in 2016 and have recently been shortlisted for the Fintech Innovation of the Year award 2017 (Hooray for us!).
The next (baby) steps
It’s now been 18 months since we launched Onedox to the public… (how time flies when you are having fun!)
This has been enough time for Dave’s daughter to grow out of her Onedox onesie…
We set out to understand if other people find managing household admin to be as much of a nightmare as we do. If so, would they value a solution that frees up time and money to spend on other (more fun) things?
The uptake and feedback we’ve seen shows most families feel the same way.
So, where to next?
To build on our success to date we need to grow our team and continue to develop the Onedox service to it’s full potential, so we can help as many people as possible.
Fulfilling this massive potential takes money and we are launching an equity crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds needed.
To date, the founders have put their own time and money into Onedox and so this will be the company’s first external funding… this is a big step for us!
We hope you back us and make this your story too!
Leading the revolution
We are a small but dedicated team. Sometimes it feels like a Hugh and David vs Goliath match-up… and that’s part of why we are crowdfunding to grow the company!
David and Hugh from the original founding team are joined by Martynas and Jonas in the Tech Team.