MORE ABOUT ME

I have many talents and skills, so figuring out what I do best was my greatest challenge. 

Early on, I knew that I didn't want to work for anyone else. I started my own house cleaning business when I was only fifteen years old. Since then, I've started and helped other people start many businesses.

After all these years, I still get a lot of satisfaction out of helping people get their business off the ground.

 

I do not hesitate to tell anyone that working for yourself is hard, but it is also very rewarding when done right.

 

In business, I've seen failure, and I've seen success. The great thing about that is, I now know what works and what doesn't.

 

Failure and success aren't very far apart in the business world.

 

Success can literally become a failure overnight if you don't have a marketing or business plan in place. Creating one is a dire need if you want to succeed.

Success isn't "Beginners Luck"

Free Business Plan Outline Coming Soon! 

I've been an entrepreneur all of my adult life. I've owned several online businesses, full-time service companies, and sold many types of things. I've had just as many side businesses as full-time businesses.

To date, one of my most successful businesses so far is selling fine art and antiques. I've had great success and made a lot of money from that side business. I've had several other businesses that did well, yet, none of that drives me. What drives me is helping other people succeed. The way I see it, if I help others become a success, I will also be a success through them.

The main reason I want to help people build their business is that I came from a poor family. I've watched poverty literally tear families apart. Poverty isn't God's best and it most certainly isn't pleasant. I've seen talented people fail because they didn't have an understanding of how business works, nor did they have a business plan, or know what resources to take advantage of. 

 

My experience has taught me that with enough discipline and drive you can rise above your past or lack of resources and become whom you want to be. But in order to do so, you must have a plan.

 

Knowing your resources is a must, and if you don't have any, knowing how to create a resource is pertinent to your success. For instance, if you went to college, education is your resource. 

Maybe you didn't have that privilege, but that doesn't mean you can't be a success; it just simply means you need to find another resource. If you were not fortunate enough to go to college, there are still options out there that will help you succeed.

 

Many jobs only require certification. In certain fields, talent and skill are oftentimes preferred over a degree. In the freelance world, you can create your own resources by simply being willing to learn a trade, or by finding a trade you are already talented or skilled in.

I've had many freelance jobs. All of which were great paying jobs that did not require a college degree. However, all of the jobs I've had did require three important resources: perseverance, patience, and knowledge. If you can figure out how to put these three things into action, you can do whatever you set your mind to.

Look at the following statistics to get a clearer picture of what it means to begin your own business:  
 
-About 50% of small businesses do not make it beyond five years.
-In the U.S. there are more than 30 million small businesses, which means you will probably have a high competition rate.
-Each year about 6.5 million new businesses are started. 
-Only one out of two businesses make it.
-Businesses with few employees are the most common kind.
-The main reason small businesses do not have employees is that employers have to match payroll taxes, good or faithful employees are hard to come by, and many small businesses simply do not make enough profit to justify hiring help.
-Almost 1/4 of small business owners work more than 60 hours per week. The majority of that percentage work nights and weekends.

If you want your business to prosper, you need to have a business and marketing plan, resources, and know-how to stand out from the rest of the millions of businesses that are out there. You will need to come up with a long-term plan that is designed to kick your marketing into high gear.  

 

When it comes to helping small businesses grow, I have great ideas and a keen sense of direction. If you are not sure where you want to go with your business, I offer free consultations. Just drop me an email.

 

I AM ALL ABOUT HELPING YOU SUCCEED.

 

I believe in the old adage "Do unto others" and strongly initiate this in my professional services. I have been on many sides of the entrepreneurial business spectrum, and I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and get involved. It is this willingness to help that is causing my business to grow.

 

I look forward to working with each client and consider it a privilege and an honor that you trust me to help you.

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