Ever since I was a kid I knew I wanted to own my own business. I had worked the holiday season several years for our Family owned arts and crafts business. So learning how to create was in my DNA you'd say. I was always interested in fixing my own problems. When I was 16 I attempted to build a custom air intake for my sports car. A couple pounds of chicken wire and fiberglass later, I decided to move onto a different project! I designed in Autocad a speaker box to replace the tape cassette holder in my car. I designed, built, and created it all using design software and it came out beautiful. The only problem I had, how in the world do I sell this thing. This was around 1999 and my website building skills were for lack of a better term, garbage! I look back on this today and know I really missed a good opportunity to create my first online business.
Fast forward to college, I was introduced to social marketing, also know as multi level marketing. I was surrounded by successful, well dressed, well spoken business owners that just seemed to have it all together. The message they wanted to get across was creating a business of your own once and getting paid forever, the Bigfoot of Businesses, the almighty residual income model. Today I know there really isn't many ways to create that type of income without working but back then it really got my entrepreneurial spirit ignited. I felt the business model worked, but that I just didn't know how to make it work for me. After a few of my friends thought I was crazy, I quit.
Soon after marrying my wife, I always had it in the back of my mind that we could build a team of entrepreneurs because we loved helping people. So we called up my old sponsor and started our long MLM career. After 6 years, we learned a lifetimes worth of success principles, read 1000's of books, and decided to leave the company.
My original background is in Electrical Marine Design and engineering. After a job loss I found myself floundering to fix our financial situation. Luckily I learned people skills in all those books I read because I sold my way into a job in advertising sales. I knew nothing about cold calling, prospecting, and sales in general but I knew I could study experts in that field and I could just do what they did to become successful. Within 6 months, I was the number 1 sales leader in the region. This part of my life really helped me learn about the power of marketing, branding, and sales skills. Although I have moved on from sales, I love helping people in sales with their sales pitch and offers and have a soft spot for small business owners.
Today I daily work with my wife Talia in our Amazon reselling company and creating this Podcast. We have had our ups and downs through learning the process of Amazon FBA selling but today have created a strong six figure income with a part time commitment. I am now diversifying our income into several different other avenues like product creation, Authoring, creating a sales course, licensing, Partnerships, and even affiliate marketing.