Damon Eastwood, Founder, Switch
What makes you spring out of bed in the morning?
A lot! With a dog, three young boys and a very active wife my day starts early and fast.
What does your normal day look like?
Before my alarm has had a chance to go off our dog Scrabble is bringing me a shoe asking for a walk, our three little boys are jumping all over us and quite often Nicola has already been to the gym and is back home making us all breakfast.
The first thing I do is take our dog out and use this precious time as a chance to read emails and clear my head for the day ahead.
I usually drop our three boys at school and try to get to my desk just before 9am.
No two days are the same but a typical working day might look like this:
- 9am – Catch up with the team
- 10am – Client meeting
- 1pm – Lunch ‘al desco’ while trying to catch up on emails… except for our weekly office lunch (we try to do this every Wednesday)
- 3pm – New business meeting at client’s office
- 5pm – Desk time and a chance to go through my emails before leaving the office around 6pm
On Mondays, I work through to 8pm when I go and play football with friends at Springfield. I love getting out and about enjoying the fresh air, getting my heart rate up and scoring some goals!
When I get home at 9.30pm I get straight back onto the laptop for a few hours work, sometimes with the latest Netflix series on in the background.
How did you get to where you are today?
There’s no magic formula, it’s simple hard graft and perseverance.
Working with the right people, having the support of my family and friends and above all wanting to succeed more than anything else. I love what I do and am surrounded by a really great team at Switch. We work with clients who challenge and inspire us on a daily basis and this keeps me on my toes.
What couldn’t you live your life without?
Obviously, my family, that goes without saying, but without my laptop or phone close by I would feel totally lost.
Which outsiders (professional services, investors, mentors, family etc.) have been most important to the success of your business?
Numerous people have contributed to the success of Switch, at different times and for different reasons. My business partner Juye and I complement each other perfectly and over the past couple of years have grown our team to 13 dedicated and talented individuals.
Our clients are a constant source of inspiration. We work in a fast-moving competitive industry and need to stay on the ball.
I have been fortunate enough to receive guidance and support from Jersey Business and was introduced to entrepreneur Greg Wills who became my mentor in 2016. Greg’s energy and enthusiasm for business is evident from just a moment in his company and I have learnt so much from my time with him.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I would say the biggest challenge has been letting go but I finally feel that I might be getting better at this. Our great team at Switch, who really know their stuff, have allowed me to finally focus on my role as managing director.
Our recent office move caused plenty more headaches and sleepless nights than it should have!
What advice would you give to your younger self before embarking on your business journey?
Trust your instinct and go for it. Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks and don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
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