Busi­ness whiz takes con­trol of his des­tiny

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAREERS - Janita Singh

HE WAS one of Aus­tralia’s youngest univer­sity stu­dents at just 12-years-old and by the time he was 17, Mel My­ers had al­ready launched his first busi­ness.

With a bach­e­lor of busi­ness, ma­jor­ing in in­for­ma­tion sys­tems from Deakin and Sun­shine Coast uni­ver­si­ties, My­ers in his teen years de­vel­oped an on­line shop sell­ing mail or­der com­puter soft­ware.

He also built a search en­gine and de­vel­oped a web busi­ness now known as Jet­pack.

Two decades later My­ers, known as the whiz kid for his love of math­e­mat­ics and IT, has stamped his mark in the en­tre­pre­neur­ial world with sev­eral busi­ness ven­tures be­hind him.

His lat­est busi­ness called BoxBrownie.com is a cloud­based soft­ware sys­tem de­signed to make im­age edit­ing fast and af­ford­able.

Start­ing a busi­ness is hard and the dif­fi­cul­ties can be com­pounded when you are a young per­son be­gin­ning that en­tre­pre­neur­ial jour­ney but it is not im­pos­si­ble, says My­ers.

Age should not be a de­ter­rent, he adds. In fact, My­ers says be­ing young is the best pos­si­ble sce­nario for any en­tre­pre­neur.

“It gives you time to suc­ceed, gen­er­ally af­ter you’ve learnt from many past mis­takes,” he says.

My­ers re­cently de­cided to fo­cus all his en­ergy into BoxBrownie.com with two busi­ness part­ners. The com­pany has launched in the US and UK mar­kets.

My­ers says be­ing an en­tre­pre­neur al­lows him to be re­spon­si­ble for his own des­tiny.

“Be­ing my own boss al­lows me to take the blame when things go badly or en­joy the up­side when things go well,” he says.

“You dic­tate if your busi­ness flour­ishes or goes un­der.”

Lack of ex­pe­ri­ence can be a chal­lenge “but when you are young, you don’t know it”.

“The trick­i­est part is work­ing out what ad­vice to take on board and the ones to ig­nore,” he says.

My­ers says suc­cess is about per­sis­tence, ded­i­cated and proper prepa­ra­tion.

“When I took the leap of faith to start my first busi­ness, I had no in­come, clients or con­tacts,” he says.

“Af­ter three months of im­pos­si­ble hours, I was earn­ing al­most half of my pre­vi­ous in­come. Some 12 months later it was an amaz­ing lit­tle busi­ness.

“Many en­trepreneurs are eas­ily dis­tracted and take on too much. Stay fo­cused be­cause if you try and do too many things, then you won’t do any­thing well.”

His ad­vice for young peo­ple try­ing to forge a ca­reer or busi­ness is to work hard and chase your dreams. For more de­tails see: boxbrownie.com

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