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Introduce Yourself!
« on: February 28, 2017, 04:48:44 PM »
Welcome, Mustachian Entrepreneurs!

This thread is your opportunity to introduce yourself and share your business with the community.  Keep in mind the forum rules on spam: if you'd like to link to your own stuff, a single link in your signature is acceptable.

Please tell us:

Who you are
What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)
Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
Your best piece of advice for others
Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource

Looking forward to getting to know you all!
« Last Edit: March 01, 2017, 02:50:49 AM by arebelspy »

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 06:13:40 PM »
Who you are
Tenure track but pre-tenured academic. Involved in launching two start ups neither of which has failed (nor been acquired or gone public) so far.

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
Honestly probably balancing time commitments between my "day job" and the two start-ups (although that became a lot easier once each of them started taking on more dedicated staff).

Your best piece of advice for others
Ummm.... writing business plans is surprisingly fun?

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
All of the essays on this page: http://paulgraham.com/articles.html
"Its a selective retirement," Richard explained, "a retirement from boring s**t."

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2017, 02:13:11 AM »
Who you are
I am a 19 year old female freshman college student in Portland, Oregon.

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)
I WILL create and maintain content websites/blogs with affiliate linked products and my own digital information products (ebooks, printables). Also developing educational games for my Mom.

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
Startup capital (150-200 dollars) and just buying the things like domain and hosting already, always a "not now" moment when in college paying stuff

Your best piece of advice for others
Would you encourage someone else to do your business idea? Aka, is it possible for others to do? If so why not possible for you? Make it happen

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
Blog tyrant's blog. Great tips on blogging and strategy for content. Made me realize I need an ebook or other product to actually make decent money w/o obsessing over traffic amount to make money with adsense.

Not sure if I count as an entrepreneur because it will be blogging with products to sell... but I'm definitely a motivated side hustler.

Goals for Revenue/Income
$4000 profit/month by March 2021 (4 years)
Pretty much a small solo informal business setup with just my Mom and I running it. (that's enough to support both of us living together). Planning on the "business" things I do online being the main income source. (have backup plan too)

Now: nothing set up and nothing is making money. Buying website hosting and domains in the next 2 weeks.
Find the next good thing, do it/make it/follow.




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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2017, 09:34:46 AM »
Who you are
I am a 40 something, tenured, social sciences professor living in Smoky Mtns of US.

What you do [elevator pitch]
I:
- use my previous research and area of academic expertise to try to help business build relationships - have created some print materials that companies use to help their clients and to generate more sales for their business
- have begun consulting with some of these businesses about how to improve their customer service (on one specific topic)
- present at professional conferences, go to trade shows, and write articles for trade journals

I'm in the early stages of working with 1 or 2 companies as a long-term consultant, product-development, trainer. My goal is to eventually do this full-time and stop being a professor.

And I make most of my current side income at home by stuffing envelopes (seriously)


Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge(s)
- Translating academic research, knowledge and skills into products and services that businesses will actually pay for
- Creating enough consistent income that it makes sense to give up a job-for-life with decent benefits
- Breaking in to a very traditional business field that doesn't like change

Your best piece of advice for others
- Start lean. Get out there and start selling and talking to people.
- Be ready to adjust your plan/services/product to what people will actually pay for (I know have income from things I'd never thought I'd do (even though I'm happy doing it and it fits my skillset))
- Things will likely happen twice as slowly as you expect
- Don't underestimate the power of relationships and familiarity
- Don't underestimate the power of hanging in there, being visible, writing for trade journals, etc.

Your favorite Entrepreneur resource
MMM forum and now this subforum
- books like 4 Hour Workweek, $200 Startup, The Lean Startup

Goals for Revenue/Income
- From my side gigs I currently net the equivalent of 50% of my regular salary. I hope to grow that to 130% of my regular salary and then switch to my sales/consulting/speaking full-time. I hope to quit my day job within 2 years.


Extra: This is a thread where I asked advice about consulting with big companies, fees, agreements, etc. and provides some disguised background about my field.

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/new-to-consulting-help-me-avoid-beginner's-mistakes/




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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2017, 01:22:43 PM »
Who you are
Young-ish Raleigh/Durham dude with a lot of hobbies, an adorable dog named after a scientist, and a dishwasher full of Ziploc bags.

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)
My day-job is running the marketing operations department for a well known global technology company.  I also have a consulting company that does marketing automation and CRM training, implementations, and campaign creation.  I've been working in the marketing automation space for my entire career, usually splitting my income 50/50 between working client-side and doing consulting projects. I call this "diversification" but really it's because I'm in an industry where you can only learn platforms if you have multi-million dollar budgets, so the barrier to entry is astronomical for people w/o enterprise client-side experience.

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
Finding time for major on-site client projects that don't overlap (too much) my day job commitments. 

Your best piece of advice for others
Being an engineer or code-monkey is all well and good, and is where I got my start too, but there is a very, very, very low ceiling on your earnings when you are valued for a product (code) instead of a business line-item or process improvement.  Presentation skills helped me a ton when I was just starting out right out of college.

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
Can I give my least favorite? Anything from Reddit. So sick of low barrier-to-entry wantrepreneurs extrapolating their $100 profit from a weekend of scammy affiliate marketing into a "HOW I MAKE $100,000 a year and quit my day job" posts and info products.  We get it, it's cool to have no skills and still make money, but sheesh.

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2017, 01:30:11 PM »
Who you are:  A 53 year old Commodity Trader, who's going to FIRE in June 18.

What you do Get paid well for a job I'm tired of, my real passion is blogging about retirement planning!

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge  Continuing the awesome growth on my blog, perhaps monetizing it post-retirement.

Your best piece of advice for others Start Young!  Spend Less Than You Make!!

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource:  Radical Personal Finance Podcast
I'm retiring in 2018, read about it at The Retirement Manifesto.

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2017, 03:19:33 PM »
Who you are
Former middle school band teacher. Parent of two. Now self-employed and running business from home 4 days a week.

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)
Run a business selling products via ecommerce and wholesale to retail.

Getting into a new manufacturing business.

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge

Social media!  I'm in my 20s, but I may as well be my grandpa when it comes to marketing via social media.

Your best piece of advice for others
Help People.  Make Money.

Also, don't tell people on the internet the specifics of your business.  Trust me on this one.  :)

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2017, 05:06:31 PM »
Who you are

Hi.  My name is SwordGuy and I am a serial entrepreneur.  I am a 59 year old male currently living in NC.

My wife and I run several businesses, some of which are more active than others.  Our current push is real estate investment, with 4 rental houses and one property to be flipped.

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge

I'm  a lousy salesperson when I'm selling my own products -- and I doubt I'll ever get much better at it.

Your best piece of advice for others

Fail forward, not backward.

The odds that your business will not be able to support you and your family are pretty high, particularly if you have not already failed before (and learned from your mistakes).   

Structure what you are doing so that if you fail, you will not seriously damage your ability to try again.   

Would you encourage someone else to do your business idea? Aka, is it possible for others to do? If so why not possible for you?

Absolutely!   There is lots of money to be made in real estate in the USA.   And, surprisingly, it does not REQUIRE a large amount of capital to do so, though having available capital to put to use doesn't hurt.   

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource

Sorry, can't help you there.

Goals for Revenue/Income

$24,000 in annual profit by the end of 2017.
$29,000 by end of 2019.
And an additional $5000 five years out of six after that.   (Every 6th house will go to charity.)

I'll do up a thread listing more details about other business activities.

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2017, 06:45:15 PM »
Who you are
I'm a CPA, just starting to strike out on my own.

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)
I take care of the numbers, so you don't have to. I provide bookkeeping services, and roll them right into tax preparation, saving you multiple headaches. My specialties are small businesses and their owners.
I offer financial planning as well. It really peeves me that most "financial advisers" in my area are just insurance salesmen.

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
Finding clients. Any advice on this is appreciated - posts or PMs.
I'm currently bound by a geographical non-compete which makes it tougher.

Your best piece of advice for others
You never know until you try, so get out there and see how you do.

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
This forum, along with a couple podcasts. I haven't found anything yet that I thought I just couldn't live without, so I'm looking forward to exploring some of the resources mentioned in this thread.
I am a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania. However, any tax advice I give should be considered general information and not used in the avoidance of tax. There is most likely information about your situation that I do not know, and thus you should do your own additional research.

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2017, 07:29:05 PM »
Who you are
28 y.o. women living in NYC w/ my high earning husband and two adorable dogs. I'm currently freelancing with 3 clients.

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)
Basically a really fancy, specialized assistant to other business owners.
I'm planning to start a business less reliant on my time this year -- currently thinking real estate. Also have ideas for potential info products and a blog/YouTube channel but I'm less sure about those. 

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
What's the right way to invest in my business, and how much should go to the business vs. personal savings?

Your best piece of advice for others
Focus on validating your idea in the marketplace as quickly and as cheaply as possible. For example, with a service business, pitch clients & talk to them before you set up a website, business cards, etc. Talk to established business owners in your niche to pick their brain about your idea. With a product business, what's your MVP? Get sales first, then do the rest.

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource

Tropical MBA podcasts. Ramit Sethi's stuff.

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2017, 12:40:23 AM »


Who you are
Mid thirties digital marketer/strategist with 16 years agency and client side experience looking to leave the rat race and strike out on my own.

What you do
I have previously done consulting/freelancing but am looking for something more scalable. Currently investigating info products but very wary of sheer amount of crap out there and the ability to stand out and look legitimate amongst all of that.

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
Fear of failure and the above dilemma!

Your best piece of advice for others
Never ever stop learning, read more, practice more and focus on providing real value to real problems.

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
I've always found Seth Godin extremely motivating - both his books and blogs.
The E-Myth by Michael Gerber is also an oldie but a goodie.


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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2017, 10:10:11 AM »
Who you are
31, Married and we have a baby boy.   

What you do

Packaging Data Analyst with a focus on Sustainability Metrics at 3M.  Building solid wood furniture is my side hustle and hobby and passion.  I also own and occupy a duplex and manage one other rental property.

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge

The idea of walking away from a high paying job with great benefits with great friends that I ultimately don't get much satisfaction out of.  I plan on doing this in 5-10 years.  My wife wants to support me but she has concerns.

My father in law was a big time shopfitter, managed hundreds of projects ranging from kitchens in Miami to entire airport wings in Panama, and he ended up losing his business (hundreds of thousands in capital) for various political reasons in Nicarauga.  Her parents recently got back on their feet and they were dead broke for the past 5-10 years before that.  She sees this idea as a risk and even though we wouldn't be putting significant capital on the line and our net worth will be safe, she has strong emotions here so I tread lightly.

Your best piece of advice for others
Go out and do the thing that inspires you most.  If you are single, take advantage of the fact that you can devote enormous amounts of your free time into your creative endeavors. 

Also, if you just want to be your own boss, and that's your primary motivation to be an entrepreneur, that's more a sign you need to do some self-reflection.  Aversion to authority doesn't necessarily lead to business success, and is quite likely to lead to problems in other areas of your life.  Besides, you'll still have bosses - your customers.

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
I like the From Scratch podcast.  It's very entertaining.  My favorites have been Warby Parker and Thomas Keller.  Plenty of great stories to choose from though.  Instagram is great for woodworkers to learn more. 

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2017, 07:44:28 AM »

I'm currently bound by a geographical non-compete which makes it tougher.

Oh man, been there.  The standard advice that everyone gives people like us (Do your day job... but like, at night, and for people in your network) is hard to follow when you have a non-compete.  I'm lucky in that my current non-compete is pretty specific in that I just can't do side-work for one of our competitors, but when I was just starting out, I actually moved to Boise, Idaho because I knew that I could take a job there and not worry about getting restricted in consulting in that area since I'd be moving back to the Triangle eventually.

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2017, 01:46:48 PM »
Who you are:
Papa bear, an early 30's FI, not truly RE, with 1 kid and a wife who still likes to work.

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch):
A lot, but for these purposes here, I am a managing partner of a boutique Staffing and Recruiting firm that focuses on Healthcare and Medical clients.  In essence, I am an expert in finding and getting you a job.

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge:
Business Challenges: The high volume clients are large hospital systems.  These are "whales" to go after from a sales perspective.   They can be difficult to get contracts with, are bureaucratic, and can be slow to pay.   
Personal Challenges: Balancing being the primary care provider for my son while also trying to grow a business.   How much extra work do I want to put into being an entrepreneur as opposed to making sure my son is not in daycare?  I have enough to ER myself, but I can't get my wife to join without a more conservative bucket.   What to do!?!

Your best piece of advice for others: 
Bootstrap and self fund.   You don't need to have a loan or give up equity to start your business.   Use your mustachian experience to keep your overhead low.  Also, it helps to have a solid passive income built on the side that is completely independent of your start up. 

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource: 
I have mentors in the industry and a large group of similarly minded, FIRE goaled individuals that I talk or meet with on a regular basis.   Get yourself a strong network. 

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« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2017, 03:34:15 AM »
Who you are
I'm mid-40's, I live near Albany, NY with my wife. My daughter is a junior in college, and will be graduating next year at age 19. My journal has more details into the rollercoaster I've been on for the last year.

What you do
I run a healthcare reform consulting practice. We launched September, 2013. Most of our work is for state departments of health, implementing Medicaid and Health Insurance Exchange projects. We provide policy guidance, project management and support services. The change in administration should be very good for business. At our peak last year, we had seven employees (four full time, three part time). We also provide research support services. We recently did work on patient compliance with chronic disease states.

In 2016, we did 954k in revenue with 540k net. Our margin target is 40%, although some project roles tend to be extremely competitive.

Biggest Challenge
Politics and risk exposure to individual clients. 80% of our business was for one customer last year. In August, my primary client got into a disagreement with his boss. I was perceived as loyal to that client, and when my client was moved to a different division, I was replaced, and my research project was canceled. I still have one employee on the project, but we're not sure how stable that situation will be long term.

Advice
http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/entrepreneurship/axecleaver's-steps-for-starting-your-own-services-business/

Favorite entrepreneurial resource
www.score.org - Their business plan templates are great. I used their templates to start my company in 2013. It got me to ask questions I hadn't thought to ask yet.

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« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2017, 10:12:52 AM »
Who you are
I'm a few months out from turning 30. I live in Portland, Oregon and my life pretty much resembles what you probably know about Portland - bikes, donuts, kombucha, dressing up in costumes, making zines for a living, etc. My career has been a collection of nonprofit & creative jobs (usually I have at least 3 jobs at a time), extremely geeky data work, and making ridiculous community projects happen. You can read alllll about me on my very-active forum journal.

I was working in American politics last year, and that was terrible as you might expect. I left to turn my side hustle into my own business in October of 2016, and I'm on a sharp learning curve about entrepreneurship.

What you do
I teach personal finance to millennials - I focus primarily on college speaking gigs, a radio show/podcast, and "money bootcamps" for creative small business owners. I'm known for my approachable flare to personal finance - Bowie costumes, comic books, etc. Essentially, I aim to be the Dave Ramsey for urbanite, atheist millennial feminists.

This year is my real startup year, since this was previously just a side hustle, and I'm launching a video/TV series, comic workbook, AND online course this year. Yes, it's a lot.

Biggest Challenge
Marketing & PR are a big learning curve, as is shipping instead of perfection.

Advice
I'm terrible at taking this advice but I'm learning that selling with confidence, even when I feel like I don't have my sh*t together, makes all the difference. This is especially true in networking.

Favorite entrepreneurial resource
I love Christy Wright's Business Boutique podcast as chicken soup for the entrepreneurial soul.
Bikes, bowie, and business: using glitter to double my net worth by 30 the new journal- with 68 less pages than the old journal!

I have a brand new podcast about money stress & glitter- check it out (and maybe leave a review so the iTunes gods love me?)

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2017, 01:23:06 AM »
Who you are
I am a 25 year old software engineer living in San Francisco

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)
I work full time at a 10 person startup but my side business I'm starting up is https://senzu.io which is a collection of personal finance tools

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
Getting customers and retaining customers

Your best piece of advice for others
Most people say they want to start a business but few will actually do it. So my advice is to just start. Once you launch, talking to customers and iterating is really important because your first attempt at a product will probably not get you to product market fit.

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
https://indiehackers.com

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« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2017, 02:21:09 PM »
Who you are
33-year-old mom of 4

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)
Sell audio bedtime routines for kids

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
Figuring out the advertising part

Your best piece of advice for others
Don't let others keep you down

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
Not sure yet, still figuring it all out


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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2017, 08:13:54 AM »
Who you are
I am a Father of 3 boys under 10 who FIRE'd a couple years ago, got bored, and started a new company.

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)
My company is a hands-on science and technology lab providing STEM education and enrichment programs for kids of all ages. Our programs include, 3D printing, robotics, programming, science, and stop-motion animation. We offer after-school, home-school, in-school programs as well as holiday camps, and special events. Our goal is to make STEM exciting, interesting, and most importantly, FUN for kids!

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
Marketing.Marketing.Marketing...and finding reliable employees.

Your best piece of advice for others
Starting up your own business can be very rewarding but it is a lot of work!

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
The local Small Business Development Center and all their free classes, mentorship, and resources

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2017, 11:18:07 AM »
Hello all! Time to take my website blocker off for a while to do more internet marketing.

Who you are
It's mostly in my forum profile - 40 yr female, in Edmonton, AB. I'm no longer expecting anonymity at all, as I sell under my real name. But additional info - have a husband-equivalent (not legally married, but everything else), no kids, the perfect dog. I'm a (non-practicing) minimalist, "scanner" personality type, have recently started treatment for anxiety, which seems to be helping.

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)
I'm an independent fee-based financial planner with the license to sell life, disability, etc insurance as well. I prefer to call myself a money coach though. My ideal client is younger and less-wealthy than what the traditional financial planner wants to work for.
I'm also particularly targeting women, who I think are underserved in this predominantly older male industry. I also focus more on financial education, and dealing with the emotions surrounding money. Telling someone what they should do isn't very effective. You have to figure out their goals and personality.

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
There are two. The compliance, CE requirements etc take a lot of time and effort. I'm finally pretty set up in those areas but it took a long time.
Second, getting money from people who are already struggling with money might be a challenge. We'll see.

Your best piece of advice for others
Starting a business is like home renovations. Everything will take 2-3 times longer and cost 2-3 times more money than you expect. Also, it's better to hire out some things early on, as well as try your best to do things right the first time. Redoing items or doing things someone else could do much quicker isn't good.

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
I don't automatically think of resources accessible to everyone. Most of mine have been local entrepreneur centres, and individual people. On the forums Axecleaver and monstermonster are especially inspirational and helpful. Just meet lots of people who understand business stuff and other small business owners who serve a similar clientele.
Oh, and I use StayFocused to prevent myself from looking at this site too much when I should be working. That's mostly why I don't comment too much.

You can check out my website, with links to my FB and twitter, from the globe below my profile info.

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Re: Introduce Yourself!
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2017, 10:09:17 AM »
Let me just say I LOVE this sub-forum! Great idea.  Now for the questions..

Who you are
I'm a 27 year old real estate broker, real estate investor, and entrepreneur living in Raleigh, NC. 

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)
I started buying real estate in 2011 and house hacking (living in one room, renting out the others).  Rinse and repeat.  Right now I have 4 residential rentals and 1 commercial co-owned with a partner.  Once I started investing in college, I decided I liked it enough to get my RE license so I could save myself the commissions.  Fast forward a few years, friends started asking me to help them find a house and business just grew organically from there.  I've had a few great 9-5 jobs that I've left after a few months because I just can't take working for someone else - I'd rather hustle 24/7.  So my income now comes from brokering sales, rental income (rental properties and renting out a room in my townhouse), freelance writing (covering personal finance/real estate topics), dog sitting (so much fun), and I just launched an online lifestyle business called Earn Like A Girl (blog/e-learning products teaching women how to increase their income).  I'm also planning the launch of my property management business in summer 2017.

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge
Taking on too much.  I am a little bit business ADHD and tend to have "shiny object" syndrome.  For the most part I enjoy having a lot of opportunities to work on but sometimes I overload myself, get super overwhelmed/stressed, and have to cut something for the sake of my sanity which I'm aware can make me look like a flake.

Your best piece of advice for others
Just start.  I was young and dumb when I bought my first property in 2011.  I think had I started now, I would get caught up in analysis paralysis (I see a lot of people my age succumb to this). They think they have to be "ready" before launch, but that's the thing-- nobody's ever ready.  I passed the real estate exam but honestly that didn't mean much.. I had to learn on the job. 

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource
Instagram.  If you brand yourself correctly on that platform and authentically engage with users, the leads will start flowing in.  I've met and networked with so many people through Instagram, and even sold houses through it.  It works.
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« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2017, 08:11:40 AM »
Who you are

An early 30s guy with a passion for technology, personal finance, helping others, and my family. Started my own company last year and have been enjoying the ride since.

What you do (commonly known as your elevator pitch)

Provide software development and consulting services on a well known technology platform. This ranges from doing the software development, to leading development teams, to providing architecture guidance to name a few.

Your biggest entrepreneurial/business challenge

Deciding how much I want to grow the business. Am enjoying the work-life balance and being able to spend more time with family. If I decide to try and expand, I have to get better at marketing, promoting myself, and negotiating.

Your best piece of advice for others

Just start like "thedaysisbrave" said. I wish I started years ago.

Your favorite Entrepreneurial/business resource

Your network. Your friends, family, colleagues and others you know will more often than not be willing to help you find business or refer you to people who can help you in different ways.