yep, i covered a very large area and i had to contact every customer. so i always had the contact info.
i always took people to lunch or bought the drinks when we went out. at times i just had general conversation and people began to open up on a personal level.
I am always thinking way ahead, i just never let it be known. but when i saw that invoice....it did create an immediate longterm plan but i was just afraid to take the step.
I always stayed in touch with people even if just to talk about sports or BS.
the decision makers were invited to my suite for games under the term "team building" that way they hung out to see a game in luxury, free drinks, free food and all eyes on you.
it made them feel special and important and look like ballers to their family and friends.
Did you know you were going to a business owner from youth? Was it your dream job, or did you grow into it the more you matured?
Interesting. The chips were all in place for you to make moves. Also, what you described might be a stretch for some, depending on the personality of the individual trying to start their network, but the end result should be enough motivation.
...The bolded part is huge. It's hard to take that step, especially if you're a person who likes to organize and budget everything. The opportunity cost (money you could have been making elsewhere while working to start your own business) seems too high.
I know you mentioned that you were forced in a way, but how did you overcome that fear? Was that just it, you were forced into it, and that drove you to try and go out on your own?
Last question: How many times did you fail before succeeding, if at all?
i worked in it for four years.
and once i saw one of the invoices by mistake...i knew i was making a fraction of crumbs compared to what the company was making.
my move was made in a kinda crazy way.
like most people i was afraid to go out on my own. but the company forced my hand and wouldnt back down ...so i have to wait until my non-compete clause was up(6 months) then i began my own company. but while waiting i incorporated and begin to contact my massive network i build over the four years.
Yeah that is crazy, but it seems like you were on your A-game and able to counter everything they threw at you. Safe to say you started building your network the minute you saw they were paying you pennies?
What's your advice for building a network from scratch? How were you able to build the network so quick? Was it convenient enough where your job gave you access to a database of clients and you were in front of the "right" people?
First off, respect for doing your thing, I love to see (my) people succeed, and props for taking the time to build with niggas.
Starting from the roots:
How long did you work in the industry before peeping game, and realizing you can turn this into something lucrative? When did you make your move?