I am always greeted with how did you become an entrepreneur. It was an Early Risk!
Sometimes the differences between a successful and unsuccessful person is the ability to take a risk. I took one. Follow my journey. It has been told many times, or maybe you have listen to other entrepreneurs with similar stories. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
After a long and successful career in Corporate America, I found myself… married, father, homeowner, and UNEMPLOYED. Not sue how it happen, but needing to find something (to occupy my time and put some cash in our saving account was my primary goal). After a visit to the unemployment office, and being told that the Great State of Georgia would pay for graduate school…I decided to work on my Master. Maybe I could become a college professor. Maybe a consultant. Maybe write a book. Maybe not!!!
Applying to Emory, Georgia Tech, and Kennesaw State…I was greeted with the same responses. The fall classes were full. I would have to wait until the Spring (or January…it was mid-August).
Scotch and Cigar
My neighbor has been layoff a few months before me. Deciding to stop by drink some scotch and smoke a cigar or two…and mean talk our prior employers was my plan. Then the phone call that would change my life FOREVER. My neighbor was fussing with someone. He was truly upset and killing my buzz. Asking what was the matter? He advised his web designer did a horrible job on his site. My neighbor was creating a new start up.
I build websites (man…did I just say that). My neighbor asked to see my latest website. I pulled up my latest project (it was just a hobby site). Expecting to hear laughter. I was greeted with I will pay you $2,500 to finish my site. Okay. Hand shake agreement. JDS WebDesign, LLC was born as well as my life as a web designer.
My story is very similar to most entrepreneurs… took a risk, and worked really hard to make sure my dream became a reality.
If you are looking for a web designer or brand developer, then I am available. I can be reached at 678-718-5489 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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