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4927 Southfork Drive Lakeland FL 33813

Businessman at 19

Do not count the days make the days count.

1. Viva: Starting a business is a huge responsibility, especially for such a young person. What inspired you to open a barbershop?

Michael: I was my own inspiration, I always wanted to improve myself as a person and go far. Since I was little I always liked working and earning my own money. From the age of 6 or 7 years, I already helped my family to wash their cars, cut the grass or any other work, when they awarded me I felt happy. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I chose to be a barber and open my barbershop for the simple reason that I love what I do. I am a perfectionist in my profession. It is my passion and my favorite hobby.

2. Viva: Where did you find the financial resources?

Michael: I started cutting hair since I was 15 years old. I was studying at Lake Gibson High School and at the same time, I enrolled in Ruben’s 5 Star Academy barbering school in Lake Wales. My friends came to my house to cut their hair. They loved the cut I made and they paid me well for the service I provided. When I graduated, I had the opportunity to go to work at a friend's barbershop in Denver, Colorado. There I worked for 3 months acquiring experience, knowledge and counting on the possibility of saving money. I went back to Florida, and started working in another barbershop and saved even more. At 19, I already had enough money to open my own barbershop and buy all the equipment, without going into debt. I financed myself and I feel proud ... always counting and thanking my mother's support.

3. Viva: You just celebrated your first anniversary. What was the hardest part?

M i c h a e l : The hardest thing has been to find a good team of barbers who share my vision. I am looking for people who are passionate about cutting hair and who have a good work ethic. Offering good customer service is the key to success in this business. Right now, I am looking to expand my team of professional barbers; This will allow me to have more time and enjoy my family, since now I have to work 6 days a week and do business errands on my "free" day.

4. Viva: What is your vision for the next five years?

Michael: Continue to grow professionally and become the best barbershop in the area. I also want to go to university to study accounting and get my CPA license. I have always been a lover of numbers and mathematics. The barbershop was given to me first, but it doesn't mean I can't be an accountant too. That will help me a lot in my business!

5. Viva: What advice would you give to other young people who dream of being entrepreneurs?

Michael: Hmmm ... I would tell you to do your best to fulfill your dreams and goals. Do not be afraid of life, or failure. If you fall a thousand times, you get up a thousand times and learn from falls. It is important to focus on goals, surround yourself with positive people and eliminate false friends; people who don't help us grow. Another very important tip is to save and invest in themselves. Of course it is good to go out and have fun, but saving to make our dreams come true, without depending on anyone or any institution, is a great luxury. I did it ... you can do it too.

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