Throughout my adult life, my line of work has centered around 4 main industries:
1) Commercial Real Estate
2) Online Marketing
3) Web Design
Short Version: I run a Web Design & Printing business.
From the time I was in middle school, I knew I wanted to be a “Businessman.” What I thought that would look like versus how it looks now is completely different – but overall, I knew I would be involved in business in some capacity. When I was 12 years old I was mowing lawns on the weekends for people in my neighborhood as a small business/summer job – At the time, I didn’t think about it in terms of being a business, but rather a jpb – but looking back on it, it certainly could have turned into one if I pursed it.
Throughout high school I thought I would go to college and get a degree in Finance so I could become a stock broker. Then during my senior year of high school, I read a book that completely changed the way I thought about business & my career path. That book was Rich Dad, Poor Dad – by Robert Kiyosaki. That book lead me down the path to entrepreneurship & real estate. My dad suggested I should sit for the Real Estate Sales Associate Exam – and so at 18, I had my real estate license.
After high school I went to Oklahoma State University and enrolled in the School of Business. During my sophomore year in college, I learned my university was going to start an Entrepreneurship Program the following year. I was very excited and scared at the same time. At that time, I was still pursuing a degree in Finance – I saw that as the safe option, where I could graduate, get a nice 8-5 job and collect my checks every 2 weeks. So, the thought of an switching my degree to Entrepreneurship was slightly unsettling, but very intriguing and exciting at the same time. I knew their would be an unlimited amount of opportunities down the road as an entrepreneur.
So after 4 years of college, 2.5 which were completely unnecessary, I received my diploma and degree in entrepreneurship. Less than a week after graduating, I took the Real Estate Brokers Exam and received my brokers license. At this point, my plan was to learn the ins and outs of commercial real estate from my father, who had over 35 years experience in the industry.
Do to the nature of the commercial real estate business, there were many days where I was playing the waiting game, and I had lots of time to spare. During this time, I continued to read more books about entrepreneurship. I would read blogs and do further research online to learn everything I could.
While reading online, I learned about online marketing. I saw there was a huge opportunity there to create a business based on marketing other people’s products as an affiliate. The thought of working completely from my computer and receiving commission checks in the mail sounded too good to be true. And while there were plenty of too good to be true scenarios that existed at that time (and still today) I fortunately did not get caught up in one. In fact, things started going very well with my new found hobby – Online Marketing, that I quickly turned it into a full time business. In December 2010, I was able to cross an item of My Impossible List – Make $10,000+ in 1 week (not from Real Estate). I thought this was the perfect scenario…while many of our real estate deals were at a standstill, I could spend 80+ hours a week growing the marketing business. I had never been so excited about working before…some days I found myself working in front of the computer for 16 hours straight, without more than a 5-10 minute break to eat every 6 hours. There was a whole world of online business that I never knew even existed….they definitely didn’t teach you this in business school.
So after a few years growing the online marketing business, I had acquired a lot of new skills that ultimately would alter the path of my business. I learned more about how the business world actually works during the first year of my marketing business than I did in 4 years of business school. Experience trumps education. One of the new skills I learned was how to put together a website. I would put together campaigns to market products online – and the focal point of the marketing campaigns were the websites I created. With this new skill I had learned, I saw an opportunity to create websites for other businesses and not just mine. So after some research, I put together a list of potential clients I could help by designing or redesigning their websites & putting in place marketing strategies for their online presence.
After creating a few websites for clients, I decided to move away from just doing online marketing for myself, and I formed Kinetic Media LLC – a web design, printing and marketing consulting business. Over the past few years we have continued to grow the business by working with high ticket businesses and non profit clients providing a variety of services. Whether its designing a new website, creating & printing marketing collateral such as brochures, flyers & business cards etc., or even developing marketing campaigns or sales funnels for our clients – we have a wide range of experience and get the job done – the right way, the first time. After working with many different clients, I found that I really enjoy working with businesses and non-profits to find the solution to their problems and delivering the finished product.
So there it is – my journey to become an entrepreneur and business owner. While this was a long post, this is definitely the abridged version of my story. Throughout my journey, there have been many ups and downs, some of which will be covered in future posts. I learned a lot during each stage of my life, and changed courses a few times, but everything I have been exposed to has lead me to make the decisions & take actions that brought me to where I am today.