Matthew Moore BComm '05
Matthew Moore has always had a good head for business.
At 17, fresh out of high school, he started his first company—Moore Moving—with only a pick-up truck and an inner drive to make his own way. He worked like crazy, regularly putting in 16- or 17-hour days, and built up a solid business reputation with enough moving gigs to help finance a university degree.
Now Moore has diversified his business interests to the property sector, both residential and vacation rentals. Starting when he was a student, sub-letting rooms in a house he bought, Moore recognized the value in property ownership beyond just building personal equity. He now owns Moore Student Living Canada and is a partner in Moore Executive Suites, providing short- and long-term rental units to students and executives in the Halifax area.
Skipping University Was Never An Option
With Moore’s aptitude for business he could easily have rationalized skipping university, but that wasn’t ever an option. “I learned a lot by running my own business, but I knew that to be effective over the long term, I needed a solid business education.”
Time spent studying toward a Bachelor of Commerce at Saint Mary’s was the right fit. “I loved my experience at SMU. It gave me the theoretical tools I needed and a much deeper understanding of business.”
Next stop was the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. With an MBA under his belt, Moore decided to travel and ended up in Sweden, where he attended Lund University to study finance and accounting.
Sweden’s innovative storage solutions for apartment living (think Ikea’s ingenious product designs for small living spaces) inspired Moore. Once back in Canada, he began to buy and renovate student rental suites with similar storage and design ideas.
“In Sweden, rooms are functional and smart in their design. I’ve tried to take those same ideas to the student and executive rental suites,” says Moore, who has received incredibly positive feedback.
He attributes his success in business to the conscious efforts he makes to encourage feedback from his student tenants, who he genuinely enjoys for their optimistic outlook on life. “Being in business is all about making mistakes and learning from them,” he says. “I’ve always asked my customers how I can improve my business. I listen to what they have to say and act on it. They appreciate that and my business has consistently improved because of it.”
At a time when concerns about the economy and youth employment are top of mind, Moore says there are a lot of advantages to creating your own job. “There are so many great business ideas that don’t cost a lot to start up,” he says. “Now with social media, it’s even easier to launch a business.”
His best piece of advice? “Look for opportunities, follow your instincts, and do what you love doing--that’s what is most important.”