23-year-old entrepreneur Jamal Edwards shares his top tips for success in business.

SBTV founder and CEO Jamal Edwards grew up on an estate in Acton, West London, he started SBTV in 2006 as a teenager and has grown the YouTube channel into a multimillion pound online youth broadcaster.

The channel has gone on to make videos with popular music artists such as Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J, gaining over 212 million views in the process.

Jamal told us how hard he found it to get his first job and make his initial steps into business:

"Trudging up and down the high street, handing out CVs, being ignored and having doors slammed in your face. It’s enough to discourage even the most positive person, isn’t it?  Let alone a 16-year-old school leaver who just wants a job.

"That 16 year old was me. You wouldn’t think it to look at me now, having founded SBTV.  At 16, I may not have had the experience, but I was full of energy, ideas and ready to get stuck in. Yet no-one would give me a second glance". 

Without my first job, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I started on minimum wage, learning vital skills that have taken me from the shop floor to the media stage.

He continued:

"It gave me the confidence to interact with different people and deal with difficult customers. My network expanded to include people from different walks of life, not just the mates I grew up with. All of these things shaped me and SBTV, forming the basis for an amazing career I only dreamt of".

Jamal's top business tips

  • Work hard & stay focused
  • Learn about Tax and VAT so you don’t get caught out by the Taxman
  • Surround yourself with good people with a positive attitude
  • Find yourself a mentor who can support you and give advice
  • Follow your passion and don’t give up! If an idea doesn’t work the first time, try something else.

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