Raking Weeds to Fund a $1 Million Dollar Company

Colin Pischke - Should I Just Get a Job?

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Built out of a closet in his parents home, he’s steadily climbing to $1 MILLION in sales.

AND… his company gives LIMBS away to amputees!

 

Colin Pischke is no ordinary entrepreneur.

After a life changing experience, he realized he wanted to help those in need and living in poverty.

To make a social impact and not just be a capitalist.

So he moved back in with his parents, revised his original plan and raked seaweed to fund his project.

Sure, he had his moments,

Should I just get a J-O-B instead of spending ALL my time trying to build this company?

FED is best right?

I had these same thoughts when I started my first business.

…and again when there was a downturn in the economy.

Can you support yourself and/or family with the funds or savings that you have?

Will someone else support you while you do this?

Perhaps you’ll find a way to raise capital to draw a salary…

I’ve been told,

If you want to make it work, you have to be ALL in 100%!

Yes, the vision needs to be big and the desire needs to be STRONG.

**WATCH Colin’s story on doing whatever it took to continue to believe in himself.

Interview Highlights:

 

1:50 – How he figured out that 3D printing was a hot market.

3:00 – How does he primarily operate his business?

3:15 – Capitalist vs Social?

3:40 – Colin’s Enviromaker Initiatives! A non-profit arm that focuses on education, innovation & medicine.

YES! He sends prosthetic limbs to children in need and all over the world to those living in poverty.

7:55 – What he thinks about renewable energy.

8:35 – The challenges to make a living when you are getting started.

9:35 – The eyeopening experience that influenced him to want to have more social impact.

10:35 – Broke! Moving back in with the PARENTS!

11:25 – Starting with $300.

12:15 – The seaweed problem that helped fund his business.

15:00 – Purchasing supplies.

15:30 – Transitioning from an e-commerce model to a hybrid model.

17:20 – Do trade shows bring a lot of potential prospects?

17:59 – How to figure out who your customer demographic is.

19:00 – What you need to learn about Innovate Highschool.

21:00 – The revenue climb!

21:30 – Advice and tips for starting an E-commerce business

23:45 – Darkest Moments (Sigh, this was one of mine)

What was the hardest part?

 

Colin: The beginning.

When your family and girlfriend suggest that you should get a job, you get these hints along the way that make you believe that maybe you should.

This… and the first 10 – 20 initial customers!

Some Tips!

 

1) Consider looking at the Stock market to study what might become or be on the verge of a hot market

2) Get involved. Volunteer.

3) Host events to get yourself out there.

4) Surround yourself with a good support system.

I was really impressed with Colin.

I can’t deny it…

…If you achieve any level of success and find a way to incorporate social responsibility into your business model – I have a soft heart for you.

Thank goodness Colin kept knocking on doors to rake seaweed.

For more information on the giving programs Colin is partnered with, check out Medical Makers and Enabling the Future.

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Jolene Stillinger
Jolene Stillinger

Jolene Stillinger is the Founder & Host of WiseChase TV. She's a creator and lover of writing, marketing, and everything entrepreneurial. She's also the head digital marketing strategist at: https://www.feedfoxx.com

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