A smart start to the future
AN INTEREST in math and money meant a smarter start to adult life for Laura Babington.
At just 18 years of age, Laura and then boyfriend Kieran, bought their first home together.
"We figured, if we could afford to pay rent, then why couldn't we pay off a home loan,” Mrs Babington said.
"Kieran and I married at 21 and shortly after bought our first block of land and built our home.”
After completing her schooling at Warwick State High, Mrs Babington began a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Southern Queensland, majoring in accounting and finance.
"I love maths and I love working with money,” she said.
"I commuted back and forth to Toowoomba for uni, but I was lucky enough to have part-time work at a firm here in Warwick while I was studying and walked to a full-time role when I qualified.
"Over the years, Kieran and I budgetted and saved and managed our cash wisely and I knew if we were smart at 20 then life would be a lot easier at 40.”
Mrs Babington said it was important to build a nest egg.
"If you plan to save money, don't plan to spend it,” she said.
On July 4, 2016, Mrs Babington opened the doors to her very own business venture, Condamine Accountants.
"It's been a hard slog, starting from scratch,” she said.
"Without any client base, I've had to work hard but it's been ultimately rewarding, watching it grow and developing a strong client base.”
Mrs Babington said it was heartening to see so many other young people taking the plunge into small business.
"It's great to see, it means our future is starting now,” she said.
"Hairdressers, plumbers, builders, retailers.
"Think of how many young electricians you know, and they all seem to be getting enough work to keep busy.
"It's so good for Warwick and it keeps the younger generation in town.”
Mrs Babington said the city's future would be interesting to watch.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the Rose City development finished, hopefully it will spark change and create some new jobs,” she said.
"And I'd love to see the community really support events and community projects so they stick around and grow as well.”