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Anyone care to share their story? Part 2.

  • 15-10-2008 3:51pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 6,924 ✭✭✭shoutman


    The other thread seemed more like a how to run your business to try and make it a success type thread so I thought I'd start a knew one.

    I'd be very interested to see where people came from and when, where and what was their first entrepreneurial venture?

    Did people set out in their mind from the off that they wanted to be the boss from the outset? Did you just spot an opportunity you couldn't let pass you by? Or did you just get sick of a regular 9-5 office job?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,097 ✭✭✭Darragh29


    shoutman wrote: »
    The other thread seemed more like a how to run your business to try and make it a success type thread so I thought I'd start a knew one.

    I'd be very interested to see where people came from and when, where and what was their first entrepreneurial venture?

    Did people set out in their mind from the off that they wanted to be the boss from the outset? Did you just spot an opportunity you couldn't let pass you by? Or did you just get sick of a regular 9-5 office job?

    I decided to go out on my own after having a series of completely inept and utterly useless & highly devious managers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,282 ✭✭✭Bandara


    Darragh29 wrote: »
    I decided to go out on my own after having a series of completely inept and utterly useless & highly devious managers.

    lol

    Love the honestly.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 16,659 ✭✭✭✭dahamsta


    He's probably well on the way to employing completely inept and utterly useless & highly devious managers himself at this stage. They're hard to get away from. :)

    Me, I couldn't stand having people looking over my shoulder at my work, I would've done a much better job if I'd been left to my own devices. So I took them out of the loop.

    I'm still here 11 years later, not making millions but happy as a pig in poo.

    adam


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,097 ✭✭✭Darragh29


    He's probably well on the way to employing completely inept and utterly useless & highly devious managers himself at this stage. They're hard to get away from. :)

    Just to clear that up for you. I spent several years in multinationals and the one thing that struck me was how they promote the incompetent. What amazed me was the degree to which the "tap on the shoulder, nudge and a wink" mentality decided who was next up for the promo where I used to work. One place I worked in didn't even advertise promotions. The first you would know about a vacancy or a promotion was when the lad who was working with you on a Friday turning up in work as your boss the following Monday!

    I actually went out on my own for the worst of reasons, because if your not naturally motivated by money, you will struggle when you go out on your own to realise the importance of every cent to your business, you have to learn this as a discipline, as I did, by failing on the first occasion.

    In my case, I just wanted to get away from managers who couldn't lead. People who were walking advertisements for corruption within the workplace. I wanted to insulate myself against this type of corruption and stroke politics which was what I was immersed in when I worked in a large multinational.

    Unfortunately I had to do a lot of "on the job" learning, because unlike others, I wasn't starting up a business to create wealth for myself or to make profit. I had to learn the hard way that it is all about profit, nothing else really matters.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 16,659 ✭✭✭✭dahamsta


    I work for myself because it's what I want to do. The fact that I make a profit, albeit a small one, is simply a bonus. I have a life and I intend enjoying it.

    adam


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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,790 ✭✭✭✭cormie


    I'd sent this in an email to somebody before, so excuse any excess waffle, but this is from the start to present.

    Age 13: Convinced my brother and friend to put our pocket money together and save up £70 each for a CD burner costing £210 to run an underground cd selling business in school. After making a lot more sales then they did, I ended up "buying them out" (giving them back their £70) after a few weeks and I then fully owned the CD burner and built my collection by selling CD's at £5 instead of £10 to anyone who would give me their entire CD collection overnight, where I would then go home and copy the whole lot to MP3 and bring their CD's back in the next day along with a copy of whatever album they wanted.

    This was when MP3's were only young and nobody really knew about them or the technology. This carried on throughout my school years having sold CD's to half the school and being known as the "CD guy". I printed out an updated list and got a hot teacher to let me into the photocopying room with her so I could make a few hundred copies to distribute among the pupils.

    I also imported MP3 CD players (very new technology at the time) from the US and sold these along with MP3 CD's (14 albums per disc, brilliant at the time:)) for a tidy profit. They all had a fault so I had to return them all to the US where they got lost in the mail so a compensation battle ensued and after getting onto the head of consumer affairs and everything I got the money back and refunded everyone, months after having left school.

    By the time 6th year came MP3s and the technology, along with faster internet was getting widespread, so I decided to repent my sins of selling copyrighted material and focus on a more moral business... gambling..


    So at about 18 I went to my first big poker tournament run by the UCD poker society, they made themselves a mint that night, back when people hadn't a clue what a good value poker tournament was. So I instantly saw a great opportunity and at one of our kitchen table poker games at home, I said we should do the same thing, run tournaments and make millions. So I hopped online and www.poker.ie was available to buy so between my brother, 3 friends and I, we all chipped in what we could to buy the domain and I ordered a few hundred poker chips from the states.

    We ran our first tournament in Bray and had about 40 people show up which was great, we didn't really have a clue what we were doing but it went well. At this stage one of the 3 friends had dropped out of the "business" because it was too much and at the tournament both him and our other friend came 1st and 2nd so it looked pretty dodgy, but it was all legit :)

    After this we learned of a few casinos in town and thought there's no way we can really compete with them guys so we went a different direction with the site. Instead of running tournaments we just sent people to online sites and tried to make money off affiliation. It worked well for a while then we wanted to go do a bit more. At this stage it was really just my brother and I putting the effort so we bought the remaining two friends out.

    Since then we have gotten our own poker room software, so people download and play directly with poker.ie. All this was going on while I was also doing an apprentice in carpentry, which I left after 2 years, and then I did a course in furniture design which I finished. Because poker.ie is a business where you put in loads of work and hope for a return in a few years, I wanted to try my hand at an instant money earner, job done, money up front.

    I never really fancied working for somebody else, this wish was strengthened in my time as an apprentice carpenter, having to listen to the same radio station every day, which pumped out the same **** songs and repeated them about 5 times a day. I did attempt to switch on lyric FM to escape but once the foreman came in, he'd switch it back to Spin 103. It drove me mad and I think it had a knock on effect.

    I first considered just something quick like turning my little ford fiesta into a taxi, I mentioned this to a friend on the poker forum and he advised me to stay away and to set up something like he had going, a van business. I gave it a thought and decided why not. I had some leeway because at 21, I still lived at home and could give it a go without too much risk. I was broke at the time because poker.ie wasn't really giving us anything back and we still had to earn enough to pay off my a site redesign and to get our sister site, www.pokermap.com made.

    So I pitched the idea to my brother and my friend, both poker players and then my dad, I managed to get some money off the three of them to invest in a banger of a van I found on the buyandsell. It was left sitting in the driveway for months while I got everything else sorted out to make it look like an attractive business. I wanted the website looking crisp and the business cards to match. So this took from October 2006 till about March 2007 in which time I had a little part time job delivering pizzas for Dominos.

    I had also been planning on moving out of home for ages, since I was about 14 really, I was always buying things that I'd need for when I moved out, my own laptop, bedsheets, towels, so I'd be ready when the time came but the opportunity came around December 2006 when the girl living underneath my friends place in Dun Laoghaire was moving back to Finland so her place was going to be free. If I didn't take this opportunity I could be stuck at home for who knows how much longer, so because I had the money borrowed, I had a bit to give to the deposit so moved in.

    €600 a month in rent plus bills was quite a chunk to be taken from a man already in debt and earning very little a week but I still took everything quite easily and took my time with everything making sure I was always getting the best deals and saving money every possible way I could, from haggling and price comparing with different suppliers to doing everything myself when I could. I don't drink, smoke, do drugs or gamble so I had no addictions to feed, not even tea or coffee thankfully.

    It was around March I got my very first non family/friend job. I was to take Cathy Davey to Cork for a gig, then the rattle started again. A rattling sound started whenever I seemed to go above 70kmph in the van. Hadn't a clue what it was, this was the first long trip so for 3 or 4 hours we were overshadowed by an incessant rattling noise the whole way to Cork. So much so Cathy had to put earplugs in so it wouldn't wreck her for the gig that night. It was so loud. So we got to Cork fine, the gig went fine and all then the next morning, the van wouldn't start, being a bank holiday there was nowhere to buy jump leads but luckily there was a carnival in town so one of the guys went off and borrowed some jump leads off the carnie folk.

    This wasn't the only time the van broke down on a job, I've had customers having to push my van to start it, more than once. So I decided to invest in a new van, with no money. I went to the banks they took a quick look at my accounts and said not a hope. I needed 10K. So I went to my dad, not in a "daddy can I have a new Mini Cooper" way, but more an business plan approach. All I wanted was him to go guarantor anyway, I wasn't asking for money, I'd be paying it all back. So I got the loan and got my new van, 2nd hand of course, but it was good, it was clean and it finally looked like the van I had on my cards, not some rusty banger like I had been driving.

    With google adwords, I was getting a great return on the money I was putting into advertising so it's been going steady since, but the whole plan of setting up this business was so I wouldn't have to work in it too long, I just wanted to be able to set up a business that would eventually run itself. So that's next on the cards. Try and get another van and somebody working for me, see how that works out and then get another van and another worker and so on.

    I do want to get back into the furniture design (as well as carving, wood turning and everything) and I still have cormacosheehan.com for when I'm ready to make a site for that venture. But being what it is, you need to establish a name for yourself, so I just want to take it easy and I had visions of having a little cottage in the French countryside where I could set up a little workshop out the back near the little river that ran alongside my garden, and walk down to the village market every weekend to sell my pieces.

    I've got a few other great ideas too which could be really great businesses I reckon, but I don't want to put too much on my plate at the moment so maybe I'll try them out at a later date :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,541 ✭✭✭Heisenberg.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,507 ✭✭✭jaffa20


    I'd love to take the first few steps to launching my own business but the finances are lacking at the moment :mad: I'll suscribe to this thead though to get ideas and see how it has worked out for others :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,834 ✭✭✭Sonnenblumen


    Well the system programmes you through college, getting better jobs/challenges, itchy feet takes you on to the next level overseas, diverse markets, challenging cultures, before you get near product marketing/development. As experience grows, you begin to wise up, then you're writing articles or even making presentations at trade conferences. People start to refer to as an SME (subject matter expert), if the swelling doesn't get you, the next round will. Gradually you begin to realise your spending lots of time in airports, travelling, living out of suitcases, working hard, but playing hard. Good salary, plenty of perks, but soon perks begin to lose the appeal. Then airports, travelling BC, whatever. As new dawns dawn, so does the urge to find new challenges, different events stimulate different people in different ways. But for me and like so many others I know, to be your boss was attractive, even more so to spending time making money for you and not others even better.

    New challenges so what, if you're fearful, probably not a good idea, but if you do the maths and take conservative calculations, you'll probably quickly determine you could regain status quo in half the time or less.

    Like some have a travel bug, others have a bug to do things themselves, it ain't always rosey, but no two days are the same, but you're the boss and that alone is more than worth a bet.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,924 ✭✭✭shoutman


    Great post Cormie, I'm still in college for at least another two years (probably three), like a lot of people on this thread I have lots of ideas but don't know where to start.
    That said I already have started uber small sending off an email to a company who I hope to become an affiliate of selling their product around College and to my social circle.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,096 ✭✭✭ImDave


    Since I was about 12/13 I have been really interested in business and making money. I've a list as long as my arm of tried and failed very small ventures. When I was in 4th year in school I imported a load of handmade leather guitar straps from a company in the US and sold them through connections and friends to people involved in bands, and made a nice bit there. I've also tried a few web based ventures. I'm currently running a company with a good friend, importing and wholeselling golf products nationwide. In the past two to three weeks we have got a nice few orders, so things are looking up! Hopefully we can see this one through. I'm in 3rd year in college, studing Accounting, Finance and Entrepreneurship, so that is a good help in one way, but it also means that come exam time, it can be very hard to balance the two, but we'll give it a go.


  • Registered Users Posts: 865 ✭✭✭kazzer


    Best post Ive seen on this forum, Cormie. Thanks for the input.


  • Registered Users Posts: 641 ✭✭✭lanod2407


    Grabbing a minute to check the posts - I'm 4 days away from launching an Online Project Management service for Self-Builders at the Ideal Home Show in the RDS ......... I'll take time later to flesh out how I got to here, and how it goes through the product launch and the initial months.
    Suffice to say that life is crazy at the minute, and that this is incredible fun - I guess I'll probably explode the day someone walks in or logs on and buys the service for the first time ........ "9 - 5" certainly wasn't like this ........ but then again there was always a cheque on the way every month!!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 865 ✭✭✭kazzer


    Good luck with the launch Ianod.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,386 ✭✭✭EKRIUQ


    cormie wrote: »
    I'd sent this in an email to somebody before, so excuse any excess waffle, but this is from the start to present.

    Age 13: Convinced my brother and friend to put our pocket money together and save up £70 each for a CD burner costing £210 to run an underground cd selling business in school. After making a lot more sales then they did, I ended up "buying them out" (giving them back their £70) after a few weeks and I then fully owned the CD burner and built my collection by selling CD's at £5 instead of £10 to anyone who would give me their entire CD collection overnight, where I would then go home and copy the whole lot to MP3 and bring their CD's back in the next day along with a copy of whatever album they wanted.

    Was that your application to the The Apprentice?:)

    Good post Cormie


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,790 ✭✭✭✭cormie


    Thanks everyone :)

    Hehe, nope, not application to the apprentice, it was for a program on RTE that never went ahead. They approached me and asked me would I be interested and to send them a brief run down so that's what they got :)

    Isn't the apprentice about working for somebody else? No thanks ;)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 362 ✭✭information


    please tell


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,541 ✭✭✭Heisenberg.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 36 Granty2007


    What great posts and interesting reads!

    I would like to share my story with somewhat anonymity. I know now, I must work for myself the rest of my life.

    I am from a modest Dublin background, with a hard working ‘rock’ of a mother. I realised from an early age the importance of finding a “niche”. At 15 I realised that computers where becoming so so popular but, in 1992 games where expensive, so I set up a computer users club for people to bring along their own Amigas and Atari ST’s and exchange games...that led to a little expansion by opening a shop to sell to the customers and before you know it i was importing blank disks from England and making a fortune.... Before my Junior cert I was one of the highest paid kids...I had tasted money and Loved it!

    Alas this did not last as the “playstations” took over and my era ended. I worked in a bar all the way from 15-23 through collage and learnt about PEOPLE and a very important life lesson..gained more from this, then I did from my degree. I went to work for a major multinational as a tech support phone operator in 2001, so degrading but again..learning curve...kept going for jobs that where “out of my league” and ended up in charge of 14 project managers across the world as a senior manager with a fantastic salary and great benefits...the perfect safe job....but there was a burning in my heart to get out! Everyone said i was mad! But to be my own boss...money....I cant be a number any more....such huge risk!

    The Realisation: In the interim of this 8 years in a multinational I stated my first official company..... similar to the last poster... I jumped on the Online Gambling fad in 2002 and invested heavily in setting up my own online gambling website....(while keeping my 9-5 job)..I was working 18 hour days...7 days a week...I was so sure of my business “success” of before....

    I lost everything! As I write this, I have another 3 €500 monthly payments to clear my debt (six years later).... did I give up?

    No.... I learnt so much from failure. Every mistake was amplified a million times. Every successful person must, and does, fail before trying again...its in your nature. If you are reading this you know the burning inside! Other people don’t understand, pick yourself up and start again!

    I found a new niche. I spent 12 months writing the strongest business plan ever (great tips on this if needed) and while still in the Multinational (climbing the corporate – just another number – ladder). I presented my idea to AIB and got 60k...not enough...went to firststeps.ie and got 25k....still not enough...sold every think I had worked for ....all my shared in my multinational, cashed in every penny from my SSIA...and feckin went for it.

    I resigned from my job in April 2008....and when I drove hope I must have smile for four straight hours... Then the reality. I had to build a business that had never been done before. I had to become the head of HR, Marketing, Legal, Accountancy and everything else....oh my god what have I done!

    As each sleepless night passed I took one problem at a time....but you know what I was the boss now. Work became fun! I Loved it and it became a passion.

    On July 14th 2008, I opened my shop! High street retail (no prior experience). I employ seven people. I LOVE my job! I love the reward I love the challenge.... but remember.... Its not easy! Every decision stops with you.... I am not making money yet.. but each week sales are growing and it brings a smile to my face. I am living a far better life! Take the chance, we only have one run at this game....

    I hope my story helps you find your path and I will leave you with a quote that literally made me hand in my notice and take my life back...

    From Mark Twain.; “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


  • Registered Users Posts: 865 ✭✭✭kazzer


    Superb post - thanks for sharing.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 145 ✭✭duncanb


    Granty2007 wrote: »
    What great posts and interesting reads!

    I would like to share my story with somewhat anonymity. I know now, I must work for myself the rest of my life.

    I am from a modest Dublin background, with a hard working ‘rock’ of a mother. I realised from an early age the importance of finding a “niche”. At 15 I realised that computers where becoming so so popular but, in 1992 games where expensive, so I set up a computer users club for people to bring along their own Amigas and Atari ST’s and exchange games...that led to a little expansion by opening a shop to sell to the customers and before you know it i was importing blank disks from England and making a fortune.... Before my Junior cert I was one of the highest paid kids...I had tasted money and Loved it!

    Alas this did not last as the “playstations” took over and my era ended. I worked in a bar all the way from 15-23 through collage and learnt about PEOPLE and a very important life lesson..gained more from this, then I did from my degree. I went to work for a major multinational as a tech support phone operator in 2001, so degrading but again..learning curve...kept going for jobs that where “out of my league” and ended up in charge of 14 project managers across the world as a senior manager with a fantastic salary and great benefits...the perfect safe job....but there was a burning in my heart to get out! Everyone said i was mad! But to be my own boss...money....I cant be a number any more....such huge risk!

    The Realisation: In the interim of this 8 years in a multinational I stated my first official company..... similar to the last poster... I jumped on the Online Gambling fad in 2002 and invested heavily in setting up my own online gambling website....(while keeping my 9-5 job)..I was working 18 hour days...7 days a week...I was so sure of my business “success” of before....

    I lost everything! As I write this, I have another 3 €500 monthly payments to clear my debt (six years later).... did I give up?

    No.... I learnt so much from failure. Every mistake was amplified a million times. Every successful person must, and does, fail before trying again...its in your nature. If you are reading this you know the burning inside! Other people don’t understand, pick yourself up and start again!

    I found a new niche. I spent 12 months writing the strongest business plan ever (great tips on this if needed) and while still in the Multinational (climbing the corporate – just another number – ladder). I presented my idea to AIB and got 60k...not enough...went to firststeps.ie and got 25k....still not enough...sold every think I had worked for ....all my shared in my multinational, cashed in every penny from my SSIA...and feckin went for it.

    I resigned from my job in April 2008....and when I drove hope I must have smile for four straight hours... Then the reality. I had to build a business that had never been done before. I had to become the head of HR, Marketing, Legal, Accountancy and everything else....oh my god what have I done!

    As each sleepless night passed I took one problem at a time....but you know what I was the boss now. Work became fun! I Loved it and it became a passion.

    On July 14th 2008, I opened my shop! High street retail (no prior experience). I employ seven people. I LOVE my job! I love the reward I love the challenge.... but remember.... Its not easy! Every decision stops with you.... I am not making money yet.. but each week sales are growing and it brings a smile to my face. I am living a far better life! Take the chance, we only have one run at this game....

    I hope my story helps you find your path and I will leave you with a quote that literally made me hand in my notice and take my life back...

    From Mark Twain.; “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

    Inspiring Post.

    Can I ask you the name of your shop?
    Is it located in Ireland?

    duncan


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 36 Granty2007


    Thanks for the comments. The shop is located in Dublin South Side and I would prefer not to name as this was not meant to be a PR push for my shop, just a bit of help if anyone was interested in my story. Thanks again..lets hope i can post here in six months with great success!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,323 ✭✭✭Savman


    Thanks for sharing, some good reads there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,771 ✭✭✭Nuttzz


    Granty2007 wrote: »
    Thanks for the comments. The shop is located in Dublin South Side and I would prefer not to name as this was not meant to be a PR push for my shop, just a bit of help if anyone was interested in my story. Thanks again..lets hope i can post here in six months with great success!

    good stuff, what kind of shop is it out of interest?


  • Registered Users Posts: 641 ✭✭✭lanod2407


    Oh sweet divine, just tell us the name of the shop ............... it'll give the rest of us the precedent to name drop, and a reason to drop in if we're passing through!!!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 34 Neiler21


    basically this is where i am at now in my life,it feels cliche but its a crossroad,
    Im 22 years old and having worked since the age of 15 under 3 devious managers in factorys I decided that i will give it a go myself,Its something i have wanted to do for a long time but the last 6 months ive taken a course on starting a business and am really going gung ho,the recent credit crunch has affected it for now as if all was right with the world i feel i would have my investment now but as ive spoke to my bank,they cannot give anything towards it now,which is a shame but it wont stop me,its a great idea and something sligo will really benefit from i feel,i suppose watching my brother who owns a successful bar and restaurant in sligo town for over 10 years now has made me want it a little more thats not in doubt,but theres a element in me that wants to do better,not to be spiteful or anything malacious its just a personal dream of mine to be very successful in what i do and make my late father proud also,alot of people have asked me "why dont you ask this brother for the investment" well without boring you all silly,my family is very odd,we get on great and always look out for each other but my brother made his success from nothing,and really i mean that,our family home which i still live in with my mother is just your average house in a estate that has the worst reputation in sligo,which doesnt help but ive grown up with good people there so i cant knock it,its my home always,so since my brother never offered me anything and he knows my ideas for this but hasnt offered help as such,i thought "you know what,he did it alone,i will too" so at the moment as banks are a failed option for now,i might look down the road of a angel investor,a guy who will see the great idea and potential for massive profits and help me,thing is,where are these guys lol .. i`ll keep looking and i`ll never stop trying to be successful,who knows i could have a business this year coming,it could be 2010 or ever 2015 but i will one day open a business i can call mine,and not work under any devious inept boss again. Actually recently the sligo enterprise board got in touch with me and said they like the idea and think it will be great for sligo so who knows what will happen,hopefully sooner rather than later eh. thanks for reading if you have and good luck on your own venture,never stop trying,you never know.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,560 ✭✭✭Molberts


    Hi, I'm new here :) Currently running a retail shop and website, while juggling a "real job" (aka one that pays the bills while my baby business grows!)

    My background is DJing, been gigging since the age of 13. Learned lots about selling and marketing a product (myself!), negotiating fees and customer service from it as well as the performance aspect of it.

    I always wanted to run my own business and managed to combine my love of retail/customer service with pets and set up my online store in '06 followed by my boutique in '07. Previously to that I had worked in retail management gaining the necessary experience to go out on my own.

    I love working for myself, I love dealing with my customers and am very proud of my business. I have great staff and I'd like to think a pleasant working environment. It's still a learning curve, my main downfalls are being bad at accounting and delegating, I'm working at improving on both :rolleyes:

    Sorry this isn't more detailed, its been a longggg day :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6 Bren Sheehan


    Hi All,

    My sotry is April 2007 I started my business as a Mortgage Broker, even in the steady decline I was sure it would be successful because of family in Kerry opening an Estate agent.

    Well I got set up quickly but in the market turmoil my cousin decided to put a hold on his plans, cant blame him. AS a result of that it made things difficult for me. As start ups go it has been successful (I guess ; ) but is becoming increasingly difficult to get cases over the line and the banks are changing policy so regularly it is so difficult to give sound advice - very frustrating!!

    At the start of the summer recognising that I needed to change something I approached a friend and have started another Co. to start an online heatlh store, selling supplements, vitamins etc.

    That is going quite well but at the moment we are working very hard and need to make sales quick quick quick.

    I have put just about everything I have into both businesses, to say the least it is very nerve racking but I wouldnt have it any other way ; )

    Bren


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,538 ✭✭✭niceirishfella


    Hi All,

    My sotry is April 2007 I started my business as a Mortgage Broker, even in the steady decline I was sure it would be successful because of family in Kerry opening an Estate agent.

    Well I got set up quickly but in the market turmoil my cousin decided to put a hold on his plans, cant blame him. AS a result of that it made things difficult for me. As start ups go it has been successful (I guess ; ) but is becoming increasingly difficult to get cases over the line and the banks are changing policy so regularly it is so difficult to give sound advice - very frustrating!!

    At the start of the summer recognising that I needed to change something I approached a friend and have started another Co. to start an online heatlh store, selling supplements, vitamins etc.

    That is going quite well but at the moment we are working very hard and need to make sales quick quick quick.

    I have put just about everything I have into both businesses, to say the least it is very nerve racking but I wouldnt have it any other way ; )

    Bren

    Great stories thus far!
    Thanks Molberts - and i know that loooooong day feeling.
    Bren, whats the name of your site - i often order herbal stuff in my local healthfood store and may as well buy it from you!

    rgds,
    NIF


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6 Bren Sheehan


    Hey NIF,

    Yea check it out it is <snip>

    Thanks

    Bren

    [Mod Edit: Bren, just put a link in your sig thanks]


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