The task, start a small business without having a huge debt starting out. I am now the CEO/ President of Stand Tall Recovery Services LLC , but it was not my first attempt at starting a business. I am going to start by saying that failure is not a reason to stop trying. Failure is part of the learning curve to balance out your expectations.
I started my journey to where I am by trying to make a living with what I knew. The problem is that I knew only some of the problems involved and tried to ignore them. Here are some things I have learned from my previous ventures.
Mobile Bicycle Repair
After working for a company that contracted to put bikes together for retailers, I thought it would be a good idea to offer assembly services to the general public. I also worked for Walmart for a time assembling their bikes and other sales items during this time. The lessons learned from this attempt that lasted less than 2 years are ones that have served me well today.
- Don’t start without knowing the market for your services.
- See what others are doing in that area.
- Keep focused and be willing to work a second job when you are starting out.
Zeitler Merchandising, LLC
As the mobile bicycle business was fizzling, I decided to look into helping nonprofits raise funds without all the major mark ups that came with selling candy and other stuff at huge inflated prices. I had two sons in school and both were very much into music. Although a lot of other personal situations posed a danger to survival, I tried anyway. I learned that there was much more to starting a business than just having an idea and moving on it.
- Make sure you have people around you who are interested in what you plan to do.
- Don’t focus on the big stuff only. Look at all the little things that are often overlooked.
- Seek out advice from the local SBA, those who would be customers, and even potential competitors.
Stand Tall Recovery Services, LLC
At the end of 2007 I was spiraling out of control because of a compulsive gambling problem. By late 2008 I realized that I was not alone, but I did have a unique perspective on the problem of addiction. I am a Social Worker (LBSW) minoring in Psychology. This resulted in writing about the topic and doing some speaking for the state contractor that provides training and awareness of gambling problems.
I have learned that starting small and getting some level of interaction can help avoid some of the problems I had in my other endeavors. Also do not be afraid of disabilities holding you back. While I am presently not making a profit and have no employees, I am making progress through moving slow. I have been able to get experience and slowly move forward. I am very limited due to health problems but am learning to work around the problem.