• Jaz Yates

Growing a business young

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

Most founding stories of business start from the baseline of, “I was sick of my corporate job and the 9 to 5. I needed a change and I had been sitting on an idea so I started my own business.” That wasn’t my story. In a story, nobody could have predicted my business concept actually started as a university application. My teacher at the time suggested I created a website featuring my faux business to pitch to my preferred university showing my “abilities”.

Thankfully after going to the effort of building that website I did get accepted. I left high school, moved interstate, started a Bachelor of Entertainment Management course and unexpectedly started my own business during a uni event I co-curated for an assignment and got talking with one of the females from the featuring bands.

One simple question, “do you need any help with the band?” had my business in motion.

Almost 5 years later (yes you can now guess my age) I've worked with multiple artists/bands and continue to not only see my business grow but see myself grow. Owning a business throws you many, many, many lessons. I’ve learnt that reputation and the way you work with everyone is the success, growth and failure of a business. I’ve also learnt that you can change a tiny part of the world you live in for the better all through the power of the internet.

Starting a business also triggered what I refer to as my entrepreneurial gene. In my almost 5 years building JY Management Group I started several side businesses and concepts also. Some I currently have no time to build just yet, some still in the infancy stages that’s kept hush hush and others that took the hard blow of flopping. Trust me as I say, admitting those flops has not been easy either. Those flops, however, have made me who I am.

Both success and failure are part of life and business. Being your own boss and the make or break of your future is both amazing and an incredibly heavy burden.

There are days I look back on investments I've made and find myself pissed at my past self. There are days I look at what I've achieved versus where I wanted to be right now and am disappointed. Living in negativity and the past has never helped the growth of the future however as I learnt the hard way. Now, I try to control my thoughts on the 'success’ that I've had, the lessons I've learnt and the person I have become.

So far, I'm proud of what I’ve been able to achieve. I know a 13-year-old me would have never guessed I would have the confidence to tell a man what I thought, let alone managing all-male bands which comprise of all men older than myself.

As an old high school friend said to me recently, “you are killing it man, I’m so proud of you. I always saw you being someone who could build their own empire.” Building an empire takes time.

But... “are we there yet?”

Disclaimer: This blog post is the representation of one person’s views, experiences and the way I currently know to express them. The words and representation of individuals, groups, communities or organisations is not the sole view of the writer. All content is intended to never cause personal or communal harm or damage.

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