To help motivate you on your journey to start your own business, I have created an ongoing series called “Entrepreneur Success Stories“. These stories are from ordinary people who have “taken the plunge” and started their own part or full time businesses.
Brief Intro: Dave Nevogt is the co-founder of Hubstaff, a time tracking software that helps with managing remote teams. Previously Dave ran an information marketing business in the golf niche that did well over 7 figures a year. Dave has been founding companies since 2004 with his first success coming at 23.
Brief Intro: I began training in Krav Maga over four years ago to get into better physical condition after years of not being physically fit. Krav Maga (Israeli for “close combat”) is a self-defense system developed for the military in Israel that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from Aikido, Jujutsu, Boxing, Judo and Wrestling along with realistic fight training.
Brief Intro: My name is Renae Justin, and I’m an interior designer living in the Midwest. I’m a stay-at-home wife and homeschooling mother of 4 who also owns and runs a successful interior design business. I’ve built my business, Lasting Impressions Design, over the last 17 years, working to transition it from what was once a service that only the “elite” could afford to a business that has interior design options for all budget levels.
Brief Intro: The main reason we wanted to own our own business was to create a sense of freedom for ourselves. We wanted to take control of our own destiny, both personally and professionally. We enjoyed working at our previous jobs, and we were really good at them. However, something just kept gnawing inside of us because we knew that we could do better.
Brief Intro: In my opinion, there is nothing more valuable than leaving the house or office in the middle of the day and running to the grocery store or taking a three-hour lunch. This type of flexibility is truly one of the main reasons I wanted to get into business for myself.
Brief Intro: Since college I’ve owned my own businesses. I’ve found that great bosses are hard to come by. I’ve always struggled with trying to impress my boss and my customer, because when I worked for “the man” my boss often wanted different things from me than the customer. By owning my own business I could tie my paycheck directly to inputs: if I do things my customer likes they pay me more. If I don’t….I get paid less.
Brief Intro: I think I always had it in the back of my mind that working for myself would be cool, but when I was working full time I never had the guts to take the plunge.
Brief Intro: Most financial firms want this population to utilize cheaper online resources or apps; however, most people are not motivated to make financial changes just using an app or a website. The only way I saw the potential to serve this severely under-served population was to start my own company.
Brief Intro: My parents – as well as my brother – have all owned their own businesses. Entrepreneurship is in my blood. I love the thought of building something from scratch and making it a success. It’s a thrilling adventure for me.
Brief Intro: It sounds so cliche, but I started my own business to enjoy the freedom of doing what I love and creating my own schedule. That schedule is much busier than a standard 9 to 5, but I can also take naps, work whenever or wherever I want, and deal with things in my own time. I wanted to be able to really feel the fruits of my labor.
Brief Intro: I’ve been self-employed for over 4 years now as a blogger…but the funny thing is, I didn’t even realize I had a business until….
Brief Intro: My wife, Nicole, and I live in Omaha Nebraska and have three young children all age 7 and under. I spent about 12-13 years in the financial services industry but knew that something was missing. I had always wanted to work for myself but never thought it was possible.