Sending the gift of love
BANORA Point couple David and Lisa Long have operated a successful business on the Tweed for many years, but identified a gap in the market when it came to purchasing easily accessible gifts at affordable prices.
The couple put a plan together and for the past two months have been spreading the love. Their business, Sending Love, offers Australia-wide subscription gift boxes filled with hand-picked gift and homeware products. Contents of the monthly recurring gift boxes are hand picked and the contents - including locally sourced products - feature a range of soaps, candles and other beauty products that remain a secret until opening.
1. What inspired you to open your own business? There are so many things that inspire us but most importantly, we love interacting with people and making them feel happy. We currently run a demolition and asbestos removal company and facing adversity when running your own business shows you what you’re made of and what you can accomplish. By coming up with a subscription model for Sending Love, we can now offer an exciting box of gifts every month that won’t break the budget. It’s a great concept that’s been very well embraced by our subscribers.
2. What do you most enjoy about operating your own business? We enjoy working as a family and our 12-year-old daughter plays an active part and as a family, we source new and exciting products, discuss packaging and how much subscribers will receive and love it. We love getting to know subscribers and listening to their stories of who is receiving a gift box, and why. Subscribers can provide a message and we personally hand-write these messages, and love doing that.
3. What is the biggest advantage in operating a business on the Tweed? Definitely local support. When people realise you’re local, they really get behind the business and help you to succeed. Their positivity is truly infectious and we love everything about the Tweed and doubt we will ever move out of the area.
4. What’s the biggest challenge in operating a business on the Tweed? The cost of freight. Tweed is recognised as a country area, so the price of freight reflects that, but it’s a small price to pay for living in such a magical area.
5. What’s your future plans for the business? We have set a great business plan and we plan to embrace the hurdles and celebrate milestones. We anticipate making Sending Love a household name and we’re excited about sharing our passion. Subscribing takes less than five minutes and you’ll love what’s in your box. Visit www.sendinglove.com.au