Prior to coming to UW my experience with entrepreneurship was limited to practicing amateur street pharmacy and occasionally flipping tech online. When I got here I was bored so I started a YouTube channel to publicly geek out about personal finance and hopefully help a few people learn something in the process. After making about 100 videos just for fun I realized there might be some potential for me to make a little bit of money with YouTube / social media.
I decided to do a bit of research and experimenting on Instagram to see what was out there and ended up growing my personal Instagram to 10k followers in about 6 weeks, grew another account from 0-60k followers in about 8 weeks, and concluded I had developed a new skill. To prove this out I decided I was going to work for free for some of the bigger online creators I looked up to and see if the strategies I had developed would scale.
Turns out they did. Within about a month of deciding to work for one person for free I had 3 paying clients and had made a few thousand dollars doing something I really enjoyed. After a few months of scaling that operation up I was invited on WSUM to do an interview explaining what I was up to. Did the interview, it went really well, and afterwards I decided that I wanted more, except I wanted to be on the other side of the microphone. After googling “how to interview people” I found out what a podcast was and decided I wanted to start one.
Flash forward almost 2 years and 250+ episodes and now Young Smart Money (my podcast) is ranked top 100 on Apple Podcasts in the business category and has allowed me to connect with some of the social media influencers and startup founders that I have looked up to for years. I decided to leverage this network to start a marketing agency focused on building funnels and that just about brings us up to today.
Keep your eyes open,