I must start off by sharing with you my fondest childhood memory, which was launching my first profitable business as a 1st grader.
Every morning, my mom would give me $1.10 to buy lunch that day at school. For some reason, I was so fascinated with money as a kid and just stored it despite my growling tummy when the clock struck 12. Some days, the pain would be so intense that I had to purchase a Swiss Roll for $0.25, but you gotta do what you gotta do right? About half-way into the year, I had a nice little pot of cash. In fact, it was the most money I had ever seen in my life…granted it was probably a little over $30. Now to the business portion of the story. I invested my life savings into pencils. This is what I’m talking about.
With each pencil costing me $0.25, I had well over 100 pencils in my possession after a few weeks of collecting pencils from those dispensers. To market the pencils, I would pretend like I was playing drums, I would hold them on my ear, I would pretend like I was shooting lasers out of them, basically anything I could to make other kids want one. And it worked! I was started to sell pencils left and right with one caveat. Each pencil I sold was for $0.50. So long story short, I doubled my investment with my first business as a 1st grader.
I come from a mechanical engineering background. Well, at least that’s what I got my degree in at the University of Washington. The why and how of things has always intrigued me and is probably how I was able to earn a living as a physics & engineering tutor through college. In fact, this same instinct got me into thinking how the business side of engineering works. In fact, it led me to sit in a few business classes in my free time.
Before I knew it, I found myself involved in a network marketing business or also known as “multi-level marketing” or “MLM”. One unique thing that I did was actually make a good chunk of money. I did it by utilizing the internet to gain leads from the search engines and various social networking sites. I decided to quit doing the network marketing thing because I realized I could make more money if I did everything solo. While most college students were partying on Friday nights, I was at Starbucks working on my businesses and making good money. Yup, I became bored of engineering before I even finished my degree.
I never thought that this internet stuff would be considered a “job” and after a year, I realized that engineering was not the right field for me. I left the engineering field in pursuit of something else. I was still making some money with my internet websites, so one day I performed a Google search for “marketing a website on the internet” or something to that extent. Sure enough, SEO came up and after reading about it, I realized I had been subconsciously doing it for the past several years. I studied the fundamentals meticulously and went back and applied them to my existing sites. Sure enough, I saw some increases in traffic and sales.
I was referred clients and then Expedia offered me a full-time job doing SEO. I worked at the enterprise-level doing SEO while taking small to medium sized businesses on the side for about a year until I resigned to not look back and regret having not taken a chance to start a successful company at the age of 26.
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