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: Paul Maskill was able to grow a business to over 40 employees and $400k in revenue in only 4 years. He now works with current franchise owners to put processes and systems in place so that the business can thrive without relying on the owner.
Brief Intro: Taylor Rosenthal invented a vending machine for first aid kits and got offered $30 million for it.
Brief Intro: Todd Tresidder went from broke college student at age 23 to self-made millionaire in just 12 short years. Todd Tressider is a serial entrepreneur who was able to build and sell a hedge fund and “retire” at age 35. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, and NPR.
Brief Intro: Robert Farrington is the founder of CollegeInvestor.com and in this episode he shares how he developed multiple streams of income in his 20’s.
Brief Intro: Interesting in retiring early? Chad Carson shares how he is planning to be financially independent by age 37 by investing in real estate.
Brief Intro: Matt Miller is the President of School Spirit Vending which is on the cutting edge of both the vending and school fundraising industries. Today he share tips on how to make passive income with a vending business.
Brief Intro: Steve Economides is a New York Times best selling author of three books and is recognized internationally as a family finance expert.
Brief Intro: Jeff Goins is an author, blogger, and speaker whose passion is to help people live and tell better stories. He has written 4 books and his newest book is the Art of Work. Today he is going to share how to make a living as a writer and so much more.
Brief Intro: Benny Hsu is the creator of Get Busy Living which is a blog dedicated to helping people create epic lives. Today he is going to share with us how he made six figures selling t-shirts online.
Brief Intro: Austin Netzley is an athlete turned engineer turned investor turned entrepreneur and a #1 Amazon bestselling author of Make Money, Live Wealthy. He is also the founder and host of the podcast and blog, YoPro Wealth, and is best known for retiring at 27 years old.
Brief Intro: Justin Gilchrist is a founding partner at Centurica, an agency dedicated to help entrepreneurs and companies purchase internet businesses.
Brief Intro: Skill can get us somewhere, but paired with a great personality, good relationships and wide social connections, we will often get farther both in our careers and in our personal lives. For this reason among others, it is imperative that we work and invest in developing ourselves to the fullest potential.
Brief Intro: Steve Silberberg is the founder of Fitpacking, a company that guides people to lose weight and get fit through backpacking adventure vacations.
Brief Intro: John Lee Dumas is the founder of Entrepreneur On Fire, a top-ranked business podcast interviewing today’s most successful entrepreneurs. This is a follow up to his first interview on the show.
Brief Intro: Ryan Daniel Moran is an entrepreneur, podcaster and author of “The Freedom Manifesto: How To Make A Million Dollars, Travel The World, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams.”
Brief Intro: Matt Theriault is a real estate investor, entrepreneur and a coach who shows people how to invest in real estate so they can achieve financial freedom. He is also a Desert Storm veteran and the man behind EpicRealEstate.com.
Brief Intro: In this episode of the Well Kept Wallet Podcast we have Jesse Marrus, who is the founder and CEO of Street ID, which is an innovative online financial career matchmaking and networking site. After spending several years in the financial recruiting business, Jesse saw a need for a website that would connect qualified candidates with financial institutions and that is exactly what he created.
Brief Intro: Rebecca Braglio was a public defender for the city of Philidelphia and she got burnt out. She then decided to create a website that she was passionate about called ThePhillyDog.com which is an online resource for dog owners in the Philadelphia area. Because of her experience with creating this site she was able to become the Community Engagement Manager of Pet360 Inc. where she now handles the social media of Pet360.com. Her job is to make the site fun so that people want to come back. In addition, she is a top 100 winner of Start-Up Nation in the “Savvy in Social Media” category.
Brief Intro: In this episode of the Well Kept Wallet podcast we have Steve P Young the host of Mobile App Chat Podcast where top mobile app developers share their stories. He has developed 7 apps that you can download and he started his podcast so that he could learn from successful app developers. He is 60% marketer, 30% developer, 10% designer and 100% hustler.
Brief Intro: Eric Scott is the CEO of Dolphin Micro, a web development company that has done work with companies like Wired, Business Insider, and even AT&T. He runs a 22 person firm that builds custom software for anyone who needs it.
Brief Intro: In this episode of the Well Kept Wallet podcast, we have Dane Maxwell who is the founder of The Foundation, a platform that helps people build a recurring revenue software product in 6 months. Not only that, but within a year or two afterward, the goal is for the people participating to have complete financial freedom. His most successful software company he started with $8,000 and within three years it is now making over $60,000 per month.
Brief Intro: Nicole Dunn is a Creative Television Producer who has done work on the Weakest Link, the Man Show, Split Ends and Dr. Phil’s “Decision House“. She is now one of the owners of Dunn Pellier Media where she is currently creating, pitching and selling unique Multi-platform concepts and projects with Web, Mobile and TV. One of her most notable clients today is Tony Horton who is best known for his fitness program p90x.
Brief Intro: Bonnie Joy Dewkett is the founder of the Joyful Organizer and in this episode she shares why she loves what she does. She is also a nationally recognized organizing expert, author, motivational speaker, & internet radio personality.
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: Jon Neitzell 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.