In 1998, shortly after starting college at 16 at Hofstra University, I became extremely fascinated with web design. I began teaching myself HTML and Adobe Photoshop. I was a bit fanatical. During winter break, while the other students were enjoying time with their families, I returned to campus a month early to work on my designs. This is where my entrepreneurship journey began.
After learning enough web design, I felt confident enough to find paying clients for my newly acquired skills. I felt empowered. I wasn't making much, but it was mine. I'm proud of the fact that I provided enough value for someone to give me money for it.
In November 2000, I launched a web design agency. Four years later, I launched a web hosting business.
Over the years, I’ve worked with Madison Square Garden, WebMD, EmblemHealth, UBM Advanstar, CBS College Sports, Crown Holdings, and Teach For America to help achieve their goals.
In 2008, my wife of 3 years passed away due to complications from Sickle Cell Anemia. Oh yeah, our son was just 2 years old.
So the question became, how was I supposed to raise this boy on my own?
I realized if I was going to be a single parent I needed to get really smart about the way I spend my time and how I earn income. Spending more time with my son became infinitely more important to me.
Fast forward, I'm now remarried, my son is 11 and have a brand new 3-month-old daughter.
Even though this was by far the MOST DIFFICULT experience I've ever had to go through, I've learned a lot. It has helped me be more resilient to pain and allowed me to focus on what's most important.
Living a life that you love, doing work that you are passionate about and spending time with the ones that matter the most to you.
This experience made me look for more efficient and reliable ways of making money that didn’t involve a lot of time commitment.
And boy, I've learned a lot.
1) To help you choose the right business model for you.
2) To help you automate and systemize your business to free up time for the things that matter to you.
3) To help you create a business that supports your family and allows you to live the life you want.
Thanks for letting me show you what I’m learning.