My name is Kevin Ross, and I have a business all Radio Facts. This is only one of my businesses.
Black Top 10sis a music industry trade publication. In the process of doing an industry trade, I have created other businesses out of it like this one, Black Top 10s. The point is once you create a business, you can create another business from that business and so on. The sky is the limit.
I’ve been in business for 26 years now and I would not have it any other way. Entrepreneurs don’t often get recognized or honored but that’s fine because you’re totally free and there is no award that can compete with that reward.
Once you learn how to run a business you can stop and start and run another business. I would strongly suggest doing so because you WILL get tired of doing a business around the seven-year mark.
You are not dependent on corporations or paychecks but you are dependent on enjoying what you do and as the old saying goes if you love what you do the money will come.
As a matter of fact, the MOST money will come because you don’t have to share it with anybody. Ironically all of my close friends are entrepreneurs and we always encourage each other and have the greatest conversations and have lunch and dinners many times and we’re all successful. Entrepreneurs are in a class by themselves and rarely (truly) understood.
I don’t have a hard time showing younger people who want to get into it how to do it as well as long as they are willing to put in the hustle (not work).
Some people say that everyone can’t be an entrepreneur but you’d be surprised. I started my business out of anger out of being tired of being fired from radio jobs and then I realized I really didn’t like doing radio anyway. I did it because I could do it but not because I wanted to. Sound familiar? That’s what a job is for the most part.
I do love music and the music business but I wasn’t a radio guy. So being mistreated towards the end was actually to my advantage because I wrote about it thinking I was just eliminating stress but It ended up being the best thing I did.
I emailed that letter that I titled “Radio Fax” out to some friends in the industry who unbeknownst to me, sent it out to a lot of other people and many of them agreed with what I was saying and a magazine was born, that’s the quick version and that was 26 years ago.
Are you an entrepreneur? Generally, there are signs and I’m gonna tell you a few of them here. I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts.
You enjoy a hobby that you’re very good at
Whatever we spend the most time doing when we have free time, is generally what we love doing the most.
You may greatly enjoy Blues music, especially classic Blues music. You may even be an aficionado of sorts when it comes to Blues music and you’d be surprised at how many other people, of all ages, also love Blues music in many countries what if you did a podcast about Blues music?
You may enjoy helping older people with shopping or keeping them company or driving them around and spending time with them. Caregiving is one of the most stressful and hardest things for most people to do as parents get older. there are many people who will be more than willing to pay you to help out.
If you enjoy making cheesecakes for example and experimenting with different kinds of cheesecakes and people enjoy your cheesecakes and look forward to you making then this is a potential business.
I once knew someone who charged $75 per cheesecake. He would take them to work at the gas company with people who always look forward to his creations. After a while, he was spending his entire weekend making cheesecakes and he really loved doing it.
But, like most people, he really feared leaving the security of his job at the gas company even though he didn’t like it.
People ask you to do your hobby and they’re willing to pay you for it
Continuing to use this person I was talking about who makes the cheesecakes, his coworkers would ask him if he could try different versions like Peach Cobbler Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Lemon Cream Cheesecake, Pound Cake Cheesecake, and other recipes. He was always curious to see how it turned out they usually turned out very good after a while people were willing to pay him to make certain cheesecakes
It feels like you’re not working whenever you do this hobby because you enjoy it so much
When you see people living in their passion and doing the things they really want to do it’s like to not work at all. You will often hear actors say “I’m so blessed to be working and doing something that I love” if you’ve ever been on the set of a movie or TV show you would see that for someone who doesn’t enjoy it might be boring as all hell hours and hours and hours of hurrying up and waiting but this is what they love doing.
Moreover, I’ve seen people who want to be behind the scenes running their own business as producers or directors or photographers you also enjoy it just as much. But the sky is the limit for them because they are not waiting on anyone to give them a job they are usually fielding jobs especially when they’re really good at it
You can spend all day doing the thing that you love
When you really love what you doing, it never feels like work. That’s how you know you’re living your truth. If being creative is what you enjoy you could do this all day and all night versus putting windshield wipers on cars in a factory which doesn’t take a lot of skill may pay well but it’s not what you really want to do
You find that you’re very relaxed and content and happy when you’re doing this thing
You’re at your greatest peace when you do whatever it is that you enjoy doing. You look up it’s 2 o’clock and it seems like a few minutes later you look at the clock again and it’s 9 o’clock as the old saying goes Time flies when you’re having fun but also flies when you’re doing what you really want to do in life.
You feel like it’s a natural fit for you and it doesn’t take much effort to do this thing
Whatever the thing is that you love to do that you’re very good at it feels effortless like you don’t have to learn much because it’s something that comes to you very easy you may even take advantage of it and people may be in awe at how well you do it.
My mother is a great artist and I remember as a child watching grown men cry when they saw the pictures that she did for them of their mothers or whoever else.
Even though I have been blessed with the same talent I don’t have the patience it was great learning how to be an entrepreneur from here and I don’t think that was even her intention I think she just loves to draw
If you could make a living doing this one thing you’d quit your job a minute. Eventually, she did turn it into a business
Most people are afraid to take the leap and start their own business but at some point, if you’re doing something you really love like another friend who likes to make soap, enough people are coming in saying hey can you make it for me?
Either you’re going to get extremely exhausted, you’re going to realize that there’s an opportunity here for you to start a business and you’ll never have any freedom like you will when you run your own business.
I will not lie, sure there will be ups and downs as with everything but the highs are very high and the lows are not that low.
Having a special skill is not enough, because everything depends on your hustle.
Whatever it is that you loved doing as a child is probably what you’d really be good at as an adult unless it was jumping rope or Breakdancing.
Yeah, that may not fit too well into your schedule if you’re in your 50s but who knows? You could actually start a club or 50+ people who enjoy breakdancing LOL
If it wasn’t for not having money opinions of others or Struggling … You would do it in a minute
Once you take all of the fear out of it if you really give it some thought you probably would jump onboard into the thing that you really want to do without giving it much more thought and it will certainly be a life well lived
Are you an entrepreneur? Well, we will just have to wait and see, won’t we?