Mother-of-four with am­bi­tions

“Get off your back­side and earn it”

Gatton Star - - LIFE COMMUNITY -

Name: Tif­fany Thom­son

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Busi­ness Owner/of­fice Man­ager

Age :31

Mar­i­tal Sta­tus: Mar­ried

What do you en­joy most about your job?

The flex­i­bil­ity to choose my hours whilst rais­ing four small chil­dren.

Why did you de­cide to start the busi­ness?

It has al­ways been a goal of my hus­band to work for him­self and there was a niche in the mar­ket for our ser­vices. We went from be­ing a home-based busi­ness with a sin­gle trades­man to now eight staff.

What’s the best ad­vise you’ve ever re­ceived?

If you want any­thing in life, get off your back­side and earn it!

Have you met any­one fa­mous and when?

Kate Ce­ber­ano, Hoodoo Gu­rus, Fast Ed, Anna Meares, Bron­cos play­ers over var­i­ous work func­tions.

What is your great­est ac­com­plish­ment in life?

My four chil­dren.

What is the one thing you would like to change in the world?

The ef­fect tech­nol­ogy has on day-to-day so­cial in­ter­ac­tions. There is a time and place for tech­nol­ogy. In­ter­per­sonal skills are im­por­tant and not some­thing tech­nol­ogy can teach you.

Notwith­stand­ing the num­ber, how old do you feel and why?

Some­times 50 with the stresses of own­ing a busi­ness – but gen­er­ally I feel ev­ery bit of 31.

What is your favourite hobby or recre­ation, and why?

Camp­ing or mo­tor­bike rid­ing – both of­fer great stress re­lief.

What is your hap­pi­est child­hood mem­ory?

Grow­ing up in a quiet street where I could play with my neigh­bour­hood friends from sun up to sun down with­out safety ever be­ing an is­sue.

What is your favourite place to visit in the dis­trict?

Pep­pers Hid­den­vale is beau­ti­ful and re­lax­ing and the food is amaz­ing.

What would you do if you won the Lotto?

Ex­pand our busi­ness, travel, and in­vest.

Who are the peo­ple you most ad­mire – dead or

Richard Bran­son has said many in­spi­ra­tional busi­ness-re­lated quotes that I tend to re­mem­ber of­ten:

“Train peo­ple well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

“Clients do not come first, em­ploy­ees come first. If you take care of your em­ploy­ees, they will take care of your clients.”

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

MEET THE LO­CALS: Tif­fany and Lance Thom­son from Thom­son Re­frig­er­a­tion & Air Con­di­tion­ing won Best Trade Ser­vices at LV busi­ness awards.

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