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Small Businesses of Broken Hill – In Conversation with Brodie Coles

By Dylan J. Stone

Brodie Coles is a young man on a mission!

While working at McDonalds, he taught himself how to write scripts as part of an overarching interest in robotics and coding.

Originally born in Adelaide, he moved to Broken Hill as a youngster, went to Morgan Street Public School and then both Willyama and Broken Hill High Schools.

After a stint interstate, Mr Coles returned to Broken Hill and not long after, Broken Hill Carpet Cleaners became the newest small business in the Silver City.

After working for an employer during his early years, Mr Coles wanted to take the risk and accept the challenge and independence that small business ownership can provide.

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Armed with his van and cleaning products, he set about securing contracts with large businesses, and building rapport with community members which helped accelerate the growth of his business.

For any young gun out there venturing into the world of small business ownership, the ride isn’t always easy but Mr Coles certainly capitalised on the challenges he faced.

During the worst of the COVID pandemic, he offered COVID carpet deep-cleans and promoted his services as COVID-safe.

Contract after contract landed on his desk, and his business has gone from strength to strength.

Mr Coles says that to combat the challenges of business ownership, you need to think outside the box, consider the market and what the public want, and design your product to meet the needs of the market.

Flexibility is another important aspect of small business ownership, as curveballs are always thrown. The ability to roll with the punches essentially defines a successful small business, says Mr Coles.

His story is telling of the Broken Hill experience that this column has highlighted time and again – anyone can take a risk and accept a challenge in this part of the world.

The support from the community, according to Mr Coles, has been phenomenal, and he credits the support of the community to his longevity in business, especially at such a young age.

There’s always something special when a young person takes a gamble and enters the world of small business ownership, and as a community, it is always special to witness someone be successful in their ventures, whether they are small business or career orientated.

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