Young Entrepreneur, Curtis Eaves, aged 26
I am about to enter my second year in business and although I don’t have any employees yet, it won’t be long before I do. I work about 65 to 70 hours a week, which includes being on the tools, paper work, quotes, organising jobs and stock.
My biggest challenge at the start was getting enough money to buy my truck and all the tools and van stock I needed. It takes money to make money!
Money and respect for my family’s name keeps me motivated, and in 10 years time, I see Eaves Plumbing running smoothly with me spending more time fishing and less time working. I have no regrets at all about starting my own business.
Advice: Don’t listen to all the people who tell you how hard it is to run a business. But, if you are not willing to go hard and make sacrifices, don’t bother starting!
Philosophy: To me there is more to life than money. Money is a tool to get you the toys that you want and to make sure your family is not going to struggle through life like so many people do. I am going to go hard until I have enough to do this and then I’m going to enjoy my life – you could be dead tomorrow so make the most of it.