Tremayne Simpson - woodwork extraordinaire
The maxim, 'Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life' epitomises Tremayne Simpson's passion for his craft.
This budding entrepreneur is full of life and is overflowing with creativity and enthusiasm for the artistic pieces which manifest in his woodworking trade which he took seriously nine years ago.
"I chose woodworking as a career path to because it's what I love and I am considered to be very good at it, plus it gives me an avenue to express my creativity and inspire others," he said.
"How I got into it is still a mystery to me, because it was never something I set out to do or had on my mind. I have always had a knack for making things with my hands, like fish guns, cricket bats, bow and arrow, among other things. I am a naturally creative person, to the point where I had sketches of all sorts in all my primary and high-school books on every other page," he told Rural Xpress.
However, there was a never ending thirst to figuring out how most things work and that curiosity, he said, is what motivated him to start a business.
Simpson said he is inspired by regular everyday objects as well as reading woodworking text. He told Rural Xpress that he has a collection of more than 175 different texts on woodworking. He makes plaques, chairs, photo frames, cupboards and just about any other item the mind can conceive that can be made of wood.
A participant of the Clarendon Youth in Business programme, Simpson laments that he did not get to this stage overnight as it took years of determination, dedication and the, stick-to-itiveness, to make it this far. He applied for and was selected to be a participant in the Clarendon Youth in Business project where he received training through mentorship and financial advice and assistance through several agencies as well as banking institutions.
"Initially, I had to finance myself, and still am, with the hope that it will pay off one day because all this is hard work. I have not gotten my big break yet, but I'm eternally grateful for the exposure I'm getting so far," he noted.
Sourcing raw materials is not a challenge but very expensive, and so some of that cost has to be passed on to the consumers. Marketing, however, is where the real challenge lies. Simpson said, financially, it is very expensive to maintain a presence in the media, especially as an entrepreneur, so he uses social media and relies on word of mouth. He added that finding competent and reliable workmen is on his list of disadvantages as a small business operator.
"The competition is stiff because there are so many other persons in the woodworking trade. but what sets me apart from the rest is the quality of my work and the level of professionalism I portray," he proudly proclaimed.
In encouraging other persons, Simpson said, "whatever you do, make sure it is something you love because if you don't, you will do just enough to get by, which will just earn you enough to get by in return."