Business whiz takes control of his destiny
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