A mirror finish and a silver lining
THE value of money is a lesson best learned early on and Josh Robertson is one of the smart ones.
Mr Robertson said he owes his dad for teaching him the right lessons.
"I asked him once what first car he was going to buy me," he said.
"He said I could have whatever I wanted, as long as I paid for it.
"Then he offered me opportunities and contacts.
"If he heard someone needed a garden dug, I'd go dig their garden for them."
Then at the age of 13 Mr Robertson began washing trucks.
"Dad was an interstate truck driver so when he got back home, usually late at night, he'd wash his truck and I'd earn some money washing someone elses," he said.
"That's what I did as a kid."
Add to that a job at Woolies, plus a few lawns to mow here and there.
"All of my earnings went into a savings account and I cut up the keycard I had," Mr Robertson said.
"As a result, by the end of Year 12 I had $17,000 saved for a house deposit.
"The next year I bought a house and soon after that completed my apprencticeship in automotive spray painting.
"Then after a couple of years of working for another panel business, I decided to go out on my own and started Mirror Finish Smash Repairs.
"I was here by myself for six months and then took on an apprentice, who is still with me today."
Eight years later, the business has recently undergone some major expansion.
"I bought Warwick Bearing and Tyre Centre next door four years ago and turned that into Mirror Finish Service Centre," Mr Robertson said.
"The whole block is now levelled, concreted, fenced and undercover.
"We're now a one-stop shop for all your automotive needs.
"It's been a major investment into the community, I've used only local trades and services."
When he isn't working or spending time with his young family, Mr Robertson spends his time nurturing another investment, a rare 1956 West German made split-windshield 13 window Volkswagen bus.
"The script couldn't have been written any better, I'm on top of the world."