The world is a confusing place…
starting in it is the hardest part.
At the ripe age of 18 I wanted to own my own business, but I didn’t know what type of business would be profitable and how to get my creative juices flowing. I couldn’t tell you how long it took for me to figure out what I wanted to do. With these uncertainties lingering I knew I needed to dip my toes in the business world to gain experience to reach my goal. Initially, I believed that being motivated, ambitious, and knowledgeable was all I would need to make a business successful; however, that wasn’t the case at all. My first business venture was with a company called VEMMA. Yes, you’ve probably heard about the pyramid scheme. Nevertheless, being introduced to a potential six figure salary selling nutritious products while having two people work below you sounded like a great idea. Boy, did I get a rude awakening.
Finally, after charging nearly five hundred dollars to my credit card and trying to get all my friends to follow suit, I wondered, “what the **** was I doing?” I felt so discouraged by advertisements of VEMMA success stories when after a month no one had signed under me.
Karma in this world has a way of coming full circle. Shortly after parting ways with VEMMA I discovered that many of my coworkers had exited the company. Additionally, the company was sewed after being declared a ponzy scheme. and forced out of business.
This was my first failure, but not my last.
At 21 I started a business with a close friend of mine. Initially successful our business was the buying and reselling of appliances, specifically washers and dryers on Craigslist. We ran the business with what we had; an SUV, a trailer, and a computer. We would buy washers and dryers as a set at a low price and then resell them on Craigslist for two hundred-four hundred dollars.
This feeling of prosperity and accomplishment was short lived. After about a year of conducting business, the market had become flooded with others doing the same thing. My partner and I lacked the skills to set us a part from our competitors and decided to close down operations and move on. This failure put me back into an ordinary job and left me feeling discouraged, hopeless and envious.
People had always told me, “you’re your own worst enemy” and after a year of jumping from one career idea to the next i realized that they were right. While struggling to figure out myself through college, I switched majors many times hoping to find my dream career. Unfortunately, with only a small amount of financial assistance to aid in my tuition costs, I had to make the decision to suspend my education so not to risk falling behind on bills, rent and additional living expenses.
With ten thousand dollars in debt and no degree to show for it I had finally lost all hope for my future. I was clueless in what my next step needed to be and had reached an ultimate low in my career life.
A friend of mine at this time left me with the best advice i have ever received, “if what you’re doing isn’t working, just do the opposite.” Right then it all clicked and hit me like a sack of rocks.
I began using this advice in my daily life. I realized that i should’ve been learning the entire time I was struggling. This new mentality changed my entire plan for success. I stayed focused and saved money all while learning how to program and design websites. With this new outlook on life and new motivation to succeed I formatted the business plan that ultimately became EVAMP-an affordable solution for web consulting.