I’m an 18-year-old entrepreneur from Sheffield, I am currently studying for my A Levels in Business Studies, English Language and ICT at Meadowhead Sixth Form in Sheffield. I started my first business when I was just 13 years old although I have always enjoyed creating my own mock websites and businesses from a very young age.
I currently run my own I.T support business which I set up through The BiG Challenge Enterprise Programme in Sheffield, The BiG Challenge is funded by Sheffield City Council and the European Regional Development Fund. The BiG Challenge aims to give competing teams a £25 start-up loan and see which business is most effective over a 5-month period.
I set-up ‘Harvey Morton I.T Support’ in 2013 and I originally offered solely home I.T support and 1:1 tuition but I have now expanded my offering and I provide I.T support for both individuals and small businesses in Sheffield as well as web design, app development, search engine optimisation and social media management. Since I started the company, it has gone from strength to strength after being recognised for great service and creativity.
I have had lots of success with my company, winning several prizes in The BiG Challenge including ‘Biggest Profit Made’ in 2014 and 2015 and ‘1st Prize for Media and Marketing’ in 2015, regional coding competitions and The Master Cutlers’ Challenge.
After being in business for the last five years, I have learnt so much about myself, I have seen myself develop as a person and I have definitely become more confident. Since 2011, my achievements in enterprise have earned me a good reputation and high admiration amongst my peers, even whilst some people weren’t happy with my achievements – however this has only made me a stronger person. And, this led to me being nominated and ultimately voted for as Deputy Head Boy at my school in 2013 as my peers saw me as someone successful to look up to. If someone had said to me when I started secondary school that I’d be running my own successful company in 2016 with a network of contacts from large organisations and making a healthy profit each year, I would never have believed them. I have also made more mistakes than I can count and I will continue to make mistakes in the future, however I have learnt that I’m no longer scared of mistakes or even failure because they will only allow me to improve and become even better in the future.
I’m very ambitious, I have so many goals and targets for the future, all of which I am determined to achieve. So, if you’re thinking of starting a business at school, college or university – you have got to be ambitious. Last year, whilst taking part in the Master Cutlers’ Challenge to raise money for Brathay Trust and Help for Heroes, I set myself a goal of running four adult computer workshops, each on a different topic to raise £500. I was lucky enough to achieve my goal, however I raised £625 due to my hard work and the support of those who attended.
I have received help and advice along my journey from lots of fantastic people, so I’d say – don’t be afraid to ask for help. You never know where you’ll end up when you ask for help, you could make even more new contacts than you’d planned through the person that you ask or you could even find yourself learning something totally new. After all, when you’re asking for help – the worst someone could say is no.
It’s also important that you love what you’re doing. Your business will never be a success if you are not passionate about it. When you’re trying to do your GCSEs, A-Levels or degree, you will understand that the workload is already tough to get through, that’s why you’ve got to see your business as a hobby and not a chore. For the most part, the support I’ve had from my college has been fantastic, however there will always be a couple of members of staff that don’t agree with young enterprise and what you’re doing because they’d rather you focus purely on studying. And running a business whilst studying is tough but it’s not impossible! So, I’d like to end this blog by saying don’t let anybody tell you that something is impossible or that you’re not good enough, because that’s not true at all. In the past, when someone has told me that I’m not capable of doing something, I’ve always ignored them – even if it is upsetting in the first instance. And I can say from experience that it is one of the best feeling’s ever when you prove someone wrong! After all, if you work hard – it will pay off in the end and you will succeed.
Make sure that you take advantage of fantastic programmes like Bradford Pathways, listen to any external business speakers that you have in school, college or university as some of the best external speakers that I can remember seeing along my journey, really inspired me. You also need to explore many different career paths in the field that you are interested in – although it might not seem like it in school, there are many different ways into every career – you just have to do your research to find them.
Thank you for reading this blog, I hope that you have found it useful.
Please visit my website: www.HarveyMorton-ITSupport.com if you get a chance.