The following is a lengthy conversation on Facebook between a former student of mine and me. His story is amazing. I really encourage you to read through it. I resisted the urge to cut it down because I wanted to capture his voice rather than my own.
Oh, an if you need some computer help, please consider: 2pra-repairs.com.
i looked over your website, i really like your logo. i think the logo tells a lot about what your mission is.
you are heading the right direction on how you believe that students learn best, with hands on and experiencing. (im sure you know that already)
im not sure how much you know about building a business, so if you need help just let me know.. im good at finding the right audience for you.. i can also show you some web designing, im not sure who you are designing through at the moment, but i will be glad to help if you need it.
i see that you are working with Yates.. and a few other people in your team, im sure that if this becomes a success, the standards will change for the future..
look forward to hearing for you..
i may be young, but this brain is full of information and skills
then i opened the cleaning service business, before opening my businesses, i passed some surveys around, this way i know what people want, but dont have. then i make it happen.
hired some jobless people, and made a payroll for them, and did a criminal backround check on all of them… for their security and ny customers.
some time around march, im funding a shop for 1 person vehicles that will be built in nevada.
the computer company itself brings me around 2 thousand dollars a week, so i invest it into other projects.. i really like this.. i think im making a good difference in the world..
Tips: learn to properly advertise, reach the right people (not everyone).. get city council to sign off on ur business… then in your case, u need some presentations, Speeches, like the time that we made YELL, young educated leaders leading [Y.E.L.L. an anti-gun-violence organization I sponsored that led a rally in LOVE Park in Philly].. and i spoke at the conference, and the rally in Love Park.
i have tons of ideas, this email cant explain it all..
How do you think you learned to get businesses started? How did you learn the skills you needed as a business person? Also, how did you learn how to do the actual computer work? (I’m trying to apply these principles to the school we’re building).
Are you saving? If not, get on that immediately (better yet, email my wife about making yourself a long-term savings plan).
Is it cool if I post this conversation on my blog?
with the computers, well, you taught me a lot of it, there were days when i wouldnt leave the computer room we had until 630pm.. as i got older, i started learning the software portion of computers. then when i decided to open my business, i made some agreements with microsoft, and antivirus companies, so i can redestribute the software. i was also granted permission to see how they created their software, now im working on developing my own programs.
with dedication, and learning, you can achieve anything. and im living proof..
from there, i went online and looked up, all the requirements needed to start a business.
then i went to websites that i knew were scams, i read over them and looked at their design, and kept asking myself, how can i tell this is a scam just by looking at it? i compared to legit websites and companies, and learned a lot by looking.
legit websites just have offers on their items, scams try to convince you in this one really long page that their product is real.
this is kind of random but studies show that when a man shakes hands with his palm facing down, hes more straight forward and knows what hes about. palm facing up, means that you want the other person to trust you.
websites are the same way.. one says, “heres what i have, click to buy”, then the scams say ” heres what we have, click here to buy, and if you dont believe us, check these testimonials, click here to buy, and if you dont beleive us yet, we are just like seen on TV, click here to buy.” and they keep going forever..
i on the other, took all those questions i got, and made answers out of them. the internet has a lot of resources to learn how to build a business. just make sure you stay on track, and save everything.
i swear i can type forever on how everything managed to work for me..
and that is what business is about. you cant compete if you are one of a kind.
We should definitely talk about your sites and your work. Would you like me to do some editing for you? Also, I love the look and the design of your sites, it’s very much your style, but the flash is making it really slow. Flash also makes it hard for mobile phone users to visit your site. I would consider making flash-free versions?