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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.
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!
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.