More of us are sharing our homes for longer and if you have ever needed to find somewhere to live – and fast – chances are you trawled SpareRoom for flatmates.

Set up in 2004 by Rupert Hunt, then just 29, the website now has 12 million registered users and nearly 90 employees across the UK and the US. In 2019, the company turned over an impressive £10m.

Hunt, who is now 44, set up SpareRoom with £5,000 borrowed on a credit card and no external investment. To this day he reckons it’s one of the best business decisions he ever made.

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