Lauren Lindsay started her own painting business when she was just 24 years old. She now employs her own team, and is currently working on a 2 year contract painting houses on a new residential site at Nudgee and Thornlands.

When she was younger Lauren knew she didn’t want to do a typical girls job.

“When I decided on painting my Dad said ‘are you sure’, but I'd made up my mind and when he saw how determined I was he gave me his full support.

 “Going through my apprenticeship I had my moments of doubt, I questioned whether I was really cut out for it, but then all of a sudden I’d finished.

“I had a tough boss, but he made me the painter I am today and now I’m just as picky as he was.

“After my apprenticeship I started working for a painting company but it didn’t really work out, so I decided to go out on my own and be my own boss.

“I’ve been in business now for five years, and there hasn’t been a slow day. I’ve just come back from a 2 week holiday in the UK which is the first break I’ve had.

“One of my main challenges when starting out was making sure I had money coming in every week. I would be out doing jobs, and still have to find time to do quotes and invoices. I needed payments to come through on time so I could get the materials I needed for my next job.

“I would say yes to every job and would bend over backwards to get everything done. Now I’ve learned to say no. If a customer really wants the job done they’re usually willing to wait for me.

“For the first year and a half it was just me on my own, and then I took on some subcontractors to help me out when I needed it.

“Being a business owner can be stressful, I’ve had to learn how to deal with conflict and manage my stress. I can go a whole day without eating because I’m too busy and focused.

“You meet all sorts of people in this job, so good communication skills go a long way. Things work best when everyone gets along, so if problems come up it’s best to sit down and talk things through.

“You get wiser as the years go by. I learn from others, and I’m always looking for better ways to do things. I take pride in my work and always deliver high quality workmanship.

“They say 75% of new businesses fail in the first year, but I was determined that wasn’t going to be me.”