The Entrepreneur Test
Do you pay interest on a car that is depreciating in value, thereby paying interest, losing $ in depreciation, and paying higher insurance premiums than if you had an older car?
If you see a penny on the ground, would you walk past it without picking it up?
Have you recently purchased a bottle of water or a snack from a convenience store?
If you answered yes to any of the above, most likely you don't have an entrepreneurial mindset. An entrepreneur understands ROI - return on investment. That car is losing value and you are paying interest - not a good way to invest. That penny on the ground is free money that you were probably too embarrassed or lazy to pick up. That snack at the convenience store could have been purchased in bulk from a grocery store and kept in your glove box.
Entrepreneurs know how to grow things. If you answered "yes" to the above three questions, you have demonstrated a pattern of loss. Does this mean that all people who answer "yes" to those questions can never be successful in business? Of course not! Some people inherit money or have saved up enough money to start a business. If you have a few hundred thousand dollars in home equity and investments, then you can certainly withstand such insignificant "losses" - but they are still losses - and losses add up. That being said, many entrepreneurs with money in the bank still fail because they lack financial discipline. On the other hand, the ones that don't fail are often tenacious workers, inspiring leaders, and/or have a great idea that sells itself.
You are willing and able to take an IQ test for this opportunity.
You have a 2nd Tim 2:2 mindset
This is not a job. I am seeking an equity partner to help me with my fast-growing businesses. Compensation is negotiable, on a profit-sharing basis. In one example of a contract that I have in mind, you should be able to earn at least $50,000 from your share of profit in the first year. If you’re a rock star hardworking gifted person, you could certainly earn up to $100,000 but that’s a realistic range $50,000 - $100,000.
As with any business, you will be faced with choices of when to hire – hiring the right person at the right time could make or break your profitability for the year – lasting impact. The sooner you hire, the faster you can grow, but hiring costs $. So that’s why the $50,000 - $100,000 is key factor. If you need that $100,000 that puts a lot of pressure on you to hire LESS – which means you can spend less time developing the business. So hopefully you are comfortable with the low end of $50,000 – more sacrifice capable of more growth. Part of our deal would give you an opportunity to become majority owner in this one business – so I will incentivize you to grow faster to earn your majority share. I want you to eventually have majority share of the company because I want you to have a majority-responsible and a majority-motivation mindset.
I want to help, but if you are in huge debt and financially on thin ice, please don’t apply. I can’t work with someone unless they are financially and emotionally stable – the two go hand in hand. So if you’re not financially stable, unless you’re willing to, for example, sell all of your possessions or do something drastic to hedge your financial stability, it will not work! I would be harming you if I even gave you a chance. Family first! The burden is on me!
You would be working directly with me. I’m a highly driven serial entrepreneur. What does that mean? It means I am a relentless inventor – design, build and develop products, services, brands, systems. I can’t stop. It’s like an addiction. But I’ve been doing this mostly on my own for ten years and I just can’t handle it anymore? Why not hire employees? Employees (especially entry level) require supervision and I’m just not cut out for that. I work well with engineers and deliverables or performance-based contracts – that’s it – engineers don’t really have time to lie, cheat, steal, manipulate, etc. They do what I ask them to do and their results either perform or don’t – it’s simple. Love it. Other types of employees / contractors, in my experience, lie constantly, beginning at the resume, then the interview, and every single day that I work with them. It’s ridiculous. It just has never worked for me. Perhaps a combination of bad luck and just not in my interpersonal (EQ) skill set. For the record, I’m no better than they are. We’re all flawed. I just can’t deal with the inefficiencies. Someone has to. I can help, build systems that help, I can teach, support, encourage, inspire, but I can’t directly oversee people without some sort of buffer or support team.
About me: I’m a devout, Bible-devouring, anti-religious, anti-racist, anti-judgment (wheat and tares) kind of Christian… happily single for the time being, a bit eccentric, hyper-analytical, lived in China three times, well-traveled, poorly educated (academic), conservative, surfer, snowboarder, golf, keto, speak Mandarin, Spanish, don't have much family (just an elderly mother that I can’t see), not many friends, not much social life. Spend around 20% of the year in California and Colorado surfing and snowboarding - these are my means of escape I guess, some might say golden calves, but I really do love surfing and snowboarding and wish I could do it every day. I often feel more comfortable being around non-Christians, i.e., evangelism / missions are more important to me than social or feel-good moments. I sometimes feel that non-Christians are more open and honest and I like that. But I don't mind working with Christians... just sometimes hard to deprogram the truth and hidden stuff which has the potential to compromise my business. I mean, if I'm being honest, I would really love to plow the field with another believer - it's just that if I detect even a shred of BS in your walk, I can't handle that. It's gotta be the right type of person. If you're not a Christian, same same - no BS. But the Christian level of BS is more sneaky and often harder to detect - cloaked in self-righteousness, etc. It's the worst kind of sin, e.g., "give the money to the poor" type stuff if you get my reference? I do strongly believe in assembly and hope to improve in that regard maybe find a local body to serve in. I have not tried hard enough. COVID has sort of inspired me to make some changes so we'll see what the Lord can help me with and hopefully lead me to a community where I can help who knows. I don’t have much money and don’t really care about money except as a means to invest in building what I build. I’m not into material things unless necessary for presentation or some other functional necessity. Get annoyed by people overspending, e.g., a friend buying a bottle of water at 7-11 gives me anxiety – wastefulness. Clearly, I am a flawed human being and prefer to be around other flawed human beings. I do try, but as I have grown older, I guess I try harder to not try so hard if that makes sense. I want to help. Nothing in life gives me greater satisfaction than solving problems for OTHERS. Solving my own problems is boring and not very satisfying - it just gets old doing everything on my own. I need to figure out a way to help others and I understand that, for me, this will require some help from a right-hand type of partner that can plow the field with me. You might be thinking to yourself, "just drop your nets", but I don't think that's what God wants me to do. In fact, I think this job post, in a way, is doing just that - could be wrong, but that's what's on my heart to do - at least to try. I can help people if I just have someone to come alongside me who has a different set of gifts. The past doesn't matter. Right now, what I do today, matters. I want the best for you (even not knowing you) and I want to see you succeed, which may or may not have any relationship with what I'm doing.
So normally the above info about me would be irrelevant for a “job” post, but this is not a job post, it’s a 2nd Tim 2:2 equity opportunity to help YOU and OTHERS. I feel that I have a lot to give, financially, educationally, experientially. If you are a natural leader and a well-equipped manager (which I am not), you could, 1., be a huge help to building my businesses, and 2., be able to help others, e.g. help other people – hire, mentor, success. Should be common sense. Business growth = jobs. Solopreneur = limitations. My primary intention here is not necessarily self-seeking (I prefer to work with engineers, not managing partners like you would be) – I see potential to create jobs and help build up others, which I view sort of as an obligation to society right now. If I do nothing, the multiplicative compounding potential is lost – helps no one. It seems like the right thing to do, given the times we’re living in.
With the right team, I could launch a new product every day. In fact, that’s a realistic short-term goal. It’s not that hard. E-commerce is quite easy and cheap, unlike physical retail. Technology is, however, not easy – to innovate and stay ahead is a challenge, but it drives me. And I love it. My primary focus, other than e-commerce, is a software startup that I’ve been developing with my partner in Israel for the past 5.5 years. So finding a partner to help with at least (emphasis) one of my companies would be a huge help to free up more time to focus on doing what I love.
I own several businesses and brands. This particular business that I am seeking a partner for involves providing “interior maintenance” services to homeowners and commercial clients - light manual labor. It is a niche service business – I pretty much only like niche (unique) businesses. So as a partner, you will learn the business and transfer what you learn (from my time, energy, effort in knowledge transfer) to empower others to do what you have learned from me. It won’t be hard.
Note: I am intentionally leaving out certain keywords in this job post because I don’t want to attract candidates from the industry. Hopefully you can figure out why. If you’re smart, you can figure out a lot about my business on your own from clues provided to you. I’m not asking you to do so, just saying you could. So hopefully you’ll like the business model otherwise every second spent on this opportunity would be a waste of your time – sorry about that. Also, if you can’t work 60-80 hour weeks consistently, you’re wasting time reading this. You can’t build a business unless you fully commit, sort of like 24/7 at least for many people that’s what’s required in business.
I need a managing partner who is a 24/7 mindset “all business” professional, preferably someone with natural talent in business planning and management. I need someone who can find problems quickly and collaborate with me to solve hundreds of problems at a time. If you are not a good researcher then you will always have a difficult time solving problems. For example, if I ask you to build a rocket and you reply, “I don’t know how” instead of “ok, let me investigate the resources and methods of rocket building”, then please move on.
All types of people enjoy being around you and you can have an interesting conversation with a plumber or a business executive. You aren’t nervous around executives because you treat them as an equal, with kindness and respect. You can ask intelligent questions in just about any situation. You are an exceptional listener. People trust you and they tend to confide and trust you. You’re an excellent manager and can build teams without micro-managing or acting on emotions. Note: If you are uncomfortable or inexperienced with landing big contracts, that’s ok. All that matters is that you are not impressed by executive decision makers, such as corporate VPs, and that they are comfortable around you. This would be critically important to your success working with me.
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Pay: $50,000.00 - $100,000.00 per year
- 12 Hour Shift
- Monday to Friday
- On Call
- Excel: 1 year (Required)
- Hiring: 1 year (Required)
- Management: 1 year (Required)
- Carrollton, TX 75006 (Required)
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This Company Describes Its Culture as:
- Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused
- Innovative -- innovative and risk-taking
- Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture