I pawned an expensive watch to feed my family
A dad who pledged his expensive watch to feed his family just four years ago is on the cusp of becoming a millionaire after using the money to start a booming business.
Callum Walsh, 30, sold his Breitling watch when he “had no pot to drink” after suffering a mini-stroke at just 26 years old.
Jobless and desperate, Callum overdrafted and took out loans to support his wife Daisy, 31, and their then four-month-old daughter.
But the determined father used the money he got for his watch to apply for a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) license and started his own business.
His business – Match Me Car – is now booming, earning £ 1.5million in revenue in 2019 by securing £ 12.35million in car financing for its clients, Manchester Evening News reports.
If you have a vision, follow your dreams, find the right people, and most importantly, support yourself.
Callum, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, said: ‘We plan to provide car financing worth £ 72million to our customers by the end of 2022, with total earned income of £ 8.64million. of pounds sterling.
“The company was created with a moral compass above all else, with the mission of saving our customers money.
“I took out a high interest rate loan secured against my house. I was willing to risk it all because I was so passionate it wouldn’t fail.
“I had all the fire in the world in my stomach, but first I ran out of money.”
Hairdresser Daisy, who married Callum in 2015 while working in banking, said: “He always dreamed of being a police officer, but I think his desire to make money from an early age is what really motivates him.
“Despite his childhood in a municipal estate, Callum was hunted from an early age.”
Callum, who now lives in leafy Cheshire with her family, suffered a mini-stroke in 2017 – right after her daughter was born – and her life was turned upside down.
“I found myself without a job, with a small family to feed and not a jerk,” he said.
“I was completely broke. I supported my family with credit cards, maximized my limits and took loans and overdrafts. My amazing wife even had her maternity leave stolen by me, but she didn’t complain.
“I was now a stay-at-home dad. Mum supported her family, while I tried to find work. I felt like an absolute failure.
“I pledged my Breitling watch, applied for a license from the Financial Conduct Authority with the money, and contacted my LinkedIn network for help.
“After long messages and long processes, I finally had lenders to support my brokerage.”
He’s living proof that you can do anything when you think about it.
Daisy added: “As you can imagine, these were extremely worrying times for all of us, and the hospital warned that this was usually a warning that you are about to have a stroke. full.
“But at the end of its first full financial year in 2019 it has generated £ 1.5million.
“He vows to always keep his office in Wythenshawe where he grew up, and I am very proud of him.
“He’s living proof that you can do anything when you think about it.”
Following the runaway success of his business, Callum shared some tips for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners.
“My advice to anyone considering starting a business is to trust their instincts and not be swayed by the negative opinions of others, because sometimes they just don’t see what you see,” he said. he declares.
“If I had listened to those who told me not to start my business, I wouldn’t be in the lucky position I am today.
“If you have a vision, follow your dreams, find the right people, and most importantly, support yourself.”