After I posted about my Broncos tickets arriving, reader Jakob quickly notified me to cover up the bar codes on the two tickets I showed in the image. I emailed him to thank him and we got into a pretty interesting conversation about a business he just started. The business is a real estate photo service in San Diego called Rancho Photos. He’s a full time engineering grad student in San Diego, so he’s able to do this while still meeting quite a few other responsibilities. Here are a few interesting quotes from our conversation (republished with his permission):
Getting that first phone call was such a rush. I’m still amazed how easy it was to get this business going. Put up the website, run some adwords ads, boom people start calling.
Maybe [you doing a blog post about it] will get someone else to take that leap of faith and start their business idea. It really is super-easy to get started. You have all these people coming up with business ideas. Why not at least try? Worst case, you’ll learn a ton, have a great story, and won’t ever wonder, “what if”.
He’s a perfect example of just how easy it can be, especially if the company is a local niche service like Jakob’s. Sometimes people (myself included) tend to over-analyze or over-plan. In business, you just never know what will work and what won’t, so the best solution is to just give it a shot with as little upfront time, effort, and money as possible (see my Funding Your First Business post for more).
If it works and generates revenue, you’ve got a business you can grow and expand based on your early experiences (instead of hypothetical “what if’s”). If it doesn’t, you can move on to other opportunities without having spent a ton of time or money.