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In our call, I'll give you personalized advice on how to eliminate the noise while you're starting a business and focus on your highest return activities. My goal is to get you started right now. You'll learn how I built a business to over $160,000 in 1 year while working a full-time job, invented a product during college, and exactly how to do this entrepreneur thing the right way.
Naturally, this question is near to impossible to answer without knowing a LOT more about the business in question. However, when a client of mine is starting a new business, the single most important question I ask them to dive deeply into is if their product/service creates a truly meaningful solution to a need in the marketplace. From there, coming up with a realistic estimate of the size of your target market and gauging exactly how motivated they'll be about purchasing is essential.
This is naturally a relationship that you'll want to preserve, especially if this client is a family member, friend, or connection somehow. Your first customer's experience can make or break you as you go out and see additional customers. That being said, in my personal experience, the fact that your first client has initiated the conversation of coming on as an investor, is a very strong sign for your business. There are a lot of factors to consider when evaluating bringing on an investor (place more emphasis on the type of person he/she is, their marketplace relevance, access to funds, and connections they have that can be beneficial to you). If taking your initial investment from this first customer means you'll have a direct line into pitching your services to 10 more similar potential clients, then that could be a huge win for you.
In summation, there's no reason you should be any more careful in taking on your first client as an investor, than you should be careful in your evaluation of any potential investor. I'd be happy to chat this through with you further and help paint a more clear picture with more details on your relationship.
Victor, that's an impressive accomplishment no matter how you look at it. Don't allow yourself to spend much time being upset with yourself for things you could've done better, or for mistakes you made. All of your experiences with Unius will serve to make you THAT much more qualified to get a great job once you decide to make your career move.
Sell yourself and your failure experience. I've learned more from my failures as an entrepreneur than I have from my successes. I've learned which mistakes I'll never make again and that's a powerful lesson. The face that you've gone through the process of creating a business that obtained funding and brought in sales and accolades, sets you miles ahead of most people in our industry. It's time bounce back.
I've been EdTech for the past few years now (in similar businesses to Unius), and would love to give you some insights on how I just landed a major career move for myself.
Ryan and I assisted to CEO Shawn Livermore in the initial stages of Ziptask.com Ryan is an outgoing, highly motivated individual with a wide range of technical & business prowess. He has the true attitude and commitment of a successful startup founder and I can't wait to see what his career blossoms into. Great leadership skills and unprecedented awareness to the happening in the Entrepreneurial world.
Ryan is one of the most dedicated individuals I have ever met. If it was not for his encouragement, I would not have stayed at Chapman University. He is a passionate, altruistic individual who has a deep desire for personal growth and serving others. As the President of Phi Gamma Delta, he was organized, very detailed oriented and communicated well with over 115 members. Ryan has a bright future ahead of him and I can't wait to see all the great things he is going to do in this world.
Ryan started Chapman University's 1st Entrepreneur Club in the Fall of 2011 to help bring together student entrepreneurs, facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration, and fuel entrepreneurship in Orange County. As a student-entrepreneur himself, Ryan has brought a lot of positive energy, startup experience, and creative perspective to the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship, of which he is an Undergraduate Board Member. His passion and driven attitude will leave a lasting mark on the Entrepreneur Club at Chapman
Ryan's leadership of our chapter during his tenure as president was outstanding, and highly indicative of his qualities as an employee, friend, and brother. He deftly managed difficult situations with a cool poise, and mitigated events so that business could continue "as usual." I would absolutely recommend Ryan's leadership skills and work ethic to any company he chooses to work for in the future.
Ryan is a very focued person who is good at prioritizing multiple tasks and delegating to his management team. This allowed Ryan to successfully manage the goals set at the beginning of his term by coordinating multiple tasks with over 100 young men.
Ryan is a trustworthy and earnest man, and worked hard for us at Ziptask.com. We enjoyed his enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit. I would recommend him to anyone.
I can reccomend Ryan Robinson highly both as a student and as an innovator. He has a great future ahead of him in the business world. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if his products and ideas change how we live some day.
Ryan is an energetic, detail oriented person who takes an assignment and works diligently from start to finish, producing amazing results! I look forward to every opportunity I get to work with him on projects.
Ryan is a dedicated student who brings energy and wisdom to the classroom. He has a strong drive to learn as much as possible, and I strongly believe that this same drive will take him far in life. He is the epitome of a team player, and loves to provide insight to any assignment or project.
Ryan takes on heavy workloads and works hard getting things done and on in time while maintaining academic excellence.