Kurt Ploenges has had a diverse career, starting as a country music singer, then becoming a professional wrestler, and eventually settling in a role as a retail assistant.
One constant for Kurt is his love of art and sculpture. He started as a hobbyist, sculpting sci/fic and fantasy models and gradually moved into digital modelling with the advent of 3D printers.
Kurt describes himself as, “Just an old school sculptor switching to digital.”
Using Blender, a free 3D modeling software, Kurt shared his creations on Cults, a digital marketplace for 3D printing and design. He received encouraging feedback from the community, prompting him to start selling his designs.
He never imagined that his hobby’ could turn into a successful business. That was until he signed up for IntoJobs’ (part of the IntoWork Group) Self Employment Assistance program, delivered by Mas National.
Through the Self Employment Assistance program Kurt was connected with Business Navigator Steve Chappel, who provided guidance and assistance in turning his online store TaterBeard Creations into a viable business.
Steve helped with the paperwork, planning and advice on how to market and sell his 3D models, and supported Kurt to enrol in a Certificate III in Business and Entrepreneurship. Kurt said it was this support that helped turn his passion into a sustainable business, “They played a crucial role in supporting me during the early stages of my business. They provided guidance and resources that helped me navigate the challenges of starting a business.”
TaterBeard Creations began to thrive as he built a community of followers, his designs gained popularity, and even reached the top ranks of the most popular
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