Getting Started.

Most of us business owners have a unique story to tell, particularly surrounding how we got started and what prompted us to start the business. But interestingly enough, all our stories are surprisingly similar.

Usually, someone thinks they can do something better than it’s being done or comes across a concept that isn’t being done at all. They get all excited as the ideas start flowing. Then, as the ideas get put down on paper the fear and doubts set it. Ultimately, a few of us put those aside and figure out a way to “go for it.”

I was 22 and had about $6 to my name. Like most other young first time entrepreneurs we borrowed money from our parents. I’m not sure who was crazier them – for lending me the money or me – for thinking I could pull this off! Then, we got some family friends to invest once we had published our first book about a year later. It was tough going but each business owner I talk to has a very parallel story involving the hunt for money or the depletion of a savings account, possibly leaving a career and Oh yah – being told over and over again by the naysayers that it can’t be done. Or even worse, that it can be done…but not by you.

So many business owners start out in their garage ( Bill Gates) or in their dorm room (Michael Dell) or on the side of the road in a little shack with a grill (Ray Kroc: McD’s). And at that time most of them had very little capital and possibly even less experience. But they had passion and an idea, coupled with a naive optimism and that just might be enough to make a business thrive.  Another great example of this would be Paul Orfalea – the one time UCSB student turned curb side copy boy turned mega-millionaire. Amazing.

First Kinko's headquarters in IV: a tiny, 100-sq.-ft. copy shop next door was a taco stand. Founder Paul Orfalea later cut a hole in the connecting wall so he could order lunch without leaving the store. The first Kinko's occasionally became so crowed that Orfalea rolled a copier out on the sidewalk for self-serve copies.

First Kinko's headquarters in IV: a tiny, 100-sq.-ft. copy shop next door was a taco stand. Founder Paul Orfalea later cut a hole in the connecting wall so he could order lunch without leaving the store. The first Kinko's occasionally became so crowed that Orfalea rolled a copier out on the sidewalk for self-serve copies.

I hope to highlight some of the Axxess Advertiser’s stories in the next few weeks and if you have a story to tell please share it with. Because I could talk about Axxess all day long…

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4 Responses to “Getting Started.”

  1. Bob Smith says:

    Bob Smith thinks that Westerlay Orchids, Avia Spa, Movegreen, A&J Limo, Kalyra, Cajun Kitchen, The Palace, Rudy’s, Emilio’s Ristorante, South Coast Deli, Pastavino/Holdren’s, Pizza Mizza, Fresco, SB Chickan Ranch, and Norvell Bass are just to name a few that I think would have some great success stories to tell. :)

  2. Marjorie says:

    Where are photos of the first Axxess office?

  3. Karim says:

    coming soon. although they’re quite scary!

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