Friday, March 02, 2007

Computer skills give early start in business

This column has appeared in The Redland Times, Cleveland, Redland Shire, Queensland, Australia.

FIVE years ago Dave Lee was only a teenager when he took a step that can cause nervous jitters in people many years older and with a lot more worldly experience – he started his own business.
Working from his family home at Cleveland, Dave and a mate who was studying information technology at university set up Bayside Computer Services with little more than their ability to understand and fix computers and a trickle of customers.
Today, at age 22, Dave runs a Cleveland shop and is building a base with some important corporate clients, as well as individuals who need “anything at all” in the field of computing.

BAYSIDE Computer Services features under the heading “Computers” in The Redland Times Fast Find Classifieds but it is a lot more than an emergency service for private computer users needing a fix in a hurry.
“Your place, our place,” the notice says.
But “your place” is just as likely to mean a business as a suburban home.
“At first the jobs were just computer repairs but I did a diploma of IT network engineering at Southbank Institute, started a little bit of networking and now I have a few big companies behind me,” he says.
“I am network administrator for Century 21 at Victoria Point and Redland Bay, Sea Eagle Electrical at Victoria Point, Multifix Constructions at Logan and a few other smaller firms.”

ABOUT one year ago, Dave’s younger brother, Simon, joined him to work from the Doig Street shop. The pair aims to provide a 24-hour service, attending to any need the same day or the next.
The brothers get along well, with Dave saying Simon has been a great addition to the business.
Dave, who had his introduction to serious computing as a student at Sunnybank High, has not been a typical “geek” and neglected physical pursuits.
For most of the past 10 years, he has played soccer with the Beenleigh and Redland clubs as a forward.
“I wasn’t playing too well last year so I am going to have a season off,” he says.
It looks as though Dave will need the extra time as Bayside Computer Services keeps growing.

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