On the up · 16 July 2018

This young founder explains why you shouldn’t always listen to your teachers

Robinson is a qualified sports massage therapist from Norfolk

Last summer, this 19-year-old founder decided she didn’t want to for someone else so she quit her job and started her own business.

After becoming a qualified sports massage therapist in June 2017, Daisy Robinson began working from home in a designated therapy room.

Robinson’s clientele began to grow organically, and she soon had to branch out into a bigger work space. The therapy room is where she now treats 90% of her customers for deep tissue massage and injury rehabilitation treatment.

For the latest instalment of our Young Entrepreneurs series, Business Advice caught up with Robinson to find out what put her off working under somebody else and how she gets great satisfaction out proving her elders wrong.

What inspired you to start your own business?

After experiencing various jobs from a young age in retail, waitressing, sales and bar work, all with restricting hours, poor pay and a couple of nasty bosses I decided that working for myself was very appealing. Working the hours I want in order to live the life I want.

What are the barriers to starting you own business as a young person?

A barrier I experienced to being young and starting my business was the shocking lack of support and faith older adults had in me to succeed (don’t get me wrong the support from my family members was phenomenal). Particularly when I first said I was going to quit college to pursue my business, a college teacher of mine was strongly against this, boy did I show him!

I was full time at college as well as studying along side with Active Health Group for my diplomas in Sports Massage Therapy, a part time job at Iceland and beginning to build up my client base for the therapy. This got too much and very stressful at times!

I would also say the lack of experience and funds are barriers for starting a business at a young age, but I’ve learned from my mistakes and am gradually starting to make a profit after putting so much into starting up.

What app do you use the most?

‘Facebook Page’, which is an app that organises your business page separate to your personal page so nothing gets muddled up between them. Facebook and Instagram are my most used apps as they are excellent for advertising, and keeping my clients in the loop with offers and available appointments.

How did you fund your business?

I funded my business through working at Iceland and a holiday camp cabaret bar in the evenings, along side studying and saving. I began in the spare room in my house with a cheap massage couch to minimise my outgoings, when my client base picked up and I started to earn a little bit I could afford a nicer couch and to start renting a new premises in Gorleston sharing this, therefore sharing the rent costs.

what do you think a younger generation can bring to the business world?

I think that we can bring a fresher outlook on the business world and strong passions for our fields spreading awareness for unique or new business types. I think we can show that it doesn’t take half your life to build a good career.

Will you ever work a 9-5 job?

Hopefully not! That’s one of the reasons I started my business, obviously I work hours to suit my clients but often chose between mornings or evenings.

Is a degree a necessity?

I very much think it depends on what field you want to go into whether or not a degree is necessary. I think its important to be qualified. In august I’ll be doing my level 5 in sport therapy and rehabilitation which is degree level but is classed as an advanced diploma, therefore a degree its essential for me.

What tips do you have for other young people wanting to start their own business?

Do your research on other business like yours. Take the plunge. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Work HARD. Don’t give up after the first set back. Set short and long term achievable goals.

Who is your celebrity icon?

A celebrity that I greatly respect is Frank Turner. He’s a musician who’s values I really like and agree with, there are not many people let alone celebrities these days with such nice values. His latest album is called “be more kind” I think that says enough.

Where do you see yourself at 50?

I see myself, happy and content with my life and family. Probably still having a few clients, depends on how my hands fair!

What song should be your life anthem?

Pharrell with “Happy”’, not because I particularly love the song but because I’m a happy person and so happy with my life and business.

Netflix or a night out?

Netflix by far, it’s rare you’ll catch me on a night out, a glass of wine on the sofa suits me to the ground.

 

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Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.

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