Are you a small business owner? If so, why? Interesting and perplexing, right, especially given how damned difficult it is to own a small business, and we really wonder sometimes if it is all really worth it. With that said, here are a couple of questions that I have asked myself several times over the years:
Why am I a business owner? What benefits do I get from being a small business owner?
My answers are always the same – because I enjoy the flexibility, the responsibility, and the freedom that it affords me. When I do things right and do them to the best of my ability, I can actually make a good living! However, being a small business owner is one of the most difficult things that anyone could ever do. Don’t you agree?
The challenges are immense, and if you are a business owner I don’t have to go into them. But… I do want to tell you about me – so,
Here is my story..
Although I was always interested in being my own boss and operating my own business as a kid (I come from a long line of business owners in my family), I got serious about it in 1982 when at the age of 21 I took over a pizza business with my father’s financial help. For 23 years I ran that pizza business – and learned about the trials and the tribulations, and the rewards, of owning a business.
In 2005 I sold that business and went full time into the computer repair business, which I had been doing on the side for about 8 years up until then. Time went on… and, with the Great Recession upon us in 2007, I sold what was left of the computer business and went to work for a large cable company doing tech support. I really enjoyed making all new friends and learning about the corporate environment. I am still in contact with many of the friends I made from that experience!
In 2010, however, I decided I was done with Corporate America 🙂 I had no job and no business, so I decided that the fastest way to grow a business was to learn how to market a business online. It was a huge risk and with a family to support, I had to make it – I did not have a choice!
In April 2010, after leaving my cushy but rather low-paying job (health insurance WAS a great benefit, though!), I started my computer business from scratch (again) in the Phoenix area. I got my domain name and hosting and created my website, which was really nothing special, but I learned and followed best SEO practices. Because of that, I was able to get my home page ranked on Google in less than 2 months with my brand new domain. Because of what I did, I took my brand new computer business literally from zero to a full-fledged business in about 6 months. It was amazing – I happily discovered that this Internet Marketing stuff REALLY worked!
Since then I have helped countless other small business owners with their websites, SEO, Social Media Management, and Reputation Management as a part of my computer business, helping them take their business to new levels due to the techniques I use and processes that I put in place for them.
In 2017 I decided that I could make a much bigger impact and a bigger difference for small business owners by helping them with their Internet Marketing than I ever could in the computer repair and IT business, so I decided it was time to again change careers. Although I kept the computer repair business for quite some time, the Internet Marketing business was really where I wanted to go. And – here I am.
What makes me different than other SEO and Digital Marketing companies? For one thing, I won’t take on your project unless I am very confident I can help. I don’t want to waste my time or your money if it doesn’t even have a chance to work. Next, I do things in a certain order because I know that doing things backwards will not work. Big companies many times don’t get this – they will do things in a haphazard way because they don’t get it. However, I do.
Also, because of my deep 36+ year background as a small business owner, I KNOW what it takes to do what we do. I KNOW what you go through every single day to keep your business running! I perceive these things and I can understand them, and because of that you will feel COMFORTABLE talking to me about your business. We will spend HOURS together strategizing and figuring out things that will work for your business.
If the possibility of taking your business to the next level with me excites you, then call me personally at 480-272-4488 or 800-590-2085. I will spend the time on the phone with you to come up with a plan to put things in place that will work for you and your business! That is my personal guarantee and I can give you references that will stand behind every word that I stated here. I look forward to hearing from you!