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    Hello, fellow entrepreneurs here goes my introduction. First and foremost im thankful for stumbling across this forum that's blessed me with so much knowledge and wisdom Thank you MJ and all you guys that have contributed.

    I feel bad that I can't contribute as much knowledge as you guys but hopefully I can change that one day when I start executing my progressive thread of achieving Fastlane success! My story im 30 years old from Detroit, Michigan born and raised in what would be considered to many in poverty ghetto neighborhood surrounded by criminals and slowlaners.

    After reading TMF and tons of post here in the forum I've noticed how drug dealing or being a drug dealer is pretty much the same principles of running a business and being an entrepreneur minus the negative or shitty cause and effects of drug dealing (going to prison which i did a year behind bars i know a bad example of commandment of time and getting robbed you know product inventory loss. But the two fields are quite similar let me give you some example it fits all the commandments of need, entry, control, scale, and time. Product sourcing, suppliers, distributors, marketing, accounting, branding, customers are some factors on how the two is similar I believe MJ mentioned this briefly in Unscripted (currently reading).

    Growing up in the inner city you see no hope but poverty and surrounded by slowlaners who never think about living the unscripted life. Until this event happens remember MJ Lambo moment while getting donuts and MJ thinks it must be a retired old person or some type of inheritance money. Nope the answer in the inner city meet your local dealer no alarm clock, no 40 hour work week, living life like the 65 year old retiree at the age of 22. He's an entrepreneur that runs a business like you but didn't file a LLC. The downside so many fall victim to this way of entrepreneurship which leads to either death or jail. Not knowing that they can live unscripted follow the same drug dealing principles and create a legit business or businesses my goal.

    In the process of me becoming a Fastlane entrepreneur I want to document everything and set up a system. Where I will be able to teach other individuals who grew up in ghetto property neighborhoods. How to successfully run and start up a business by taking actions using the steps I created I want to show them there's other forms of making money and living unscripted besides drug dealing.

    Plan: I want to document every action of starting a business from day 1. To the business actually up and running thru a podcast, similar how Alex Blumberg's Gimlet media podcast show "The Start up" check out season 1 great jewels in it for all entrepreneurs. With the podcast documenting how to start a business it will give great value and content which I hope I can get some sponsors that will be a stream of revenue and build a following where i could possibly start a seminar selling my steps. I have my target audience and my story if a guy who is consider a career criminal by the government can do it. Anybody can do it.

    Side note: I had several FTE moments my first was being broke had to make money to live getting a job or dealing.

    My second FTE working a warehouse jobs slaving busting my a$$ and making $7-$10 hr if you lucky you might get a job paying $12-$15 hr working 40hrs a week. When you literally shipped and receive over million dollars a week for that company. Being yelled at for other people mistakes, corns and calluses on hands and feet for standing all day or heavy lifting back hurting. Being told when and when not to use the bathroom you know trading 5 for 2. Wondering why Mr. A gets paid $5 more he's lazy as hell and you guys both do the same job. To receive the same pay couple hours of Fastlane dealing.

    My third FTE being consider a career criminal or "three strikes" a habitual offender. Meaning if a person continues to get caught by the law doing the same crime the minimum prison sentence is 20 years. No brainer why this is a FTE.

    The problem as stated i want to document me starting a business from start to finish im not sure which direction i want to start at but all ideas seem very doable to me. I also want to help other around me by offering them a job from the businesses I create. I have the mindset that I want to build a business scale it to a passive income then move on to the next.

    -Cleaning service: residential or commercial cleaning.
    -Mobile Vechical Detail service: mobile car wash.
    -Window washing business: stores, malls, gas stations etc.
    -Gardening and Lawn service.
    -E-comm, retail arbitrage.
    -Podcast Company
    -Apps: i have two I want to create
    -T- shirt/clothing line: which is dealing with social awarness.
    -Cookies: yes i make from scratch from a family recipe would love to get on a store self one day.
    -Management/Social media company: For artist, musicians help with marketing, branding, booking.

    I know I need to focus on my kinetic execution but I don't know which area to start or which area will produce revenue the fastest to help me I plan to learn skills in marketing, sales, copywriting, coding, drop shipping, Google AdWords to enhance my entrepreneurship. I also want to learn option trading and real estate as well. Im here to be a learner and contributer any advice or words of encouragement is appreciated. How may I service you? If i can I will, im willing to work for knowledge and wisdom.

    Sorry for the long post but I needed to get this out my system. To me this is the first step in my new direction in life. Its something that I've always wanted to do but having no one I could relate to or understand me kept me in the dark and silent for years. Where being a legitimate business man seem far fetched. Where haters and slowlaners never even dream of this freedom. If anybody wants to talk, build or trade information im available.

    Thank you all!
     
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    Welcome to the Fastlane Forum! Congratulations on pursuing a better life for yourself.
     
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    You are at the right place, and at the right time. You can be a huge blessing to many others because of your past- don't forget that!

    Start learning and *doing* at the same time. You may have to unlearn some things- I sure have! Mindset is key, and so are habits. The forums will speed this up.

    There are several threads here to help new people figure out how to make money while they learn how to Fastlane and begin to focus on what they will end up doing. Lots of people here are trying to figure out a product or service, and you mentioned several you can do now. Take some cookie samples around to shops/cafes and see if you can wholesale them (there are regulations on food, you will have to figure this out when someone wants to buy them), or go to people's houses and offer lawn service (that you outsource) while you figure out if you want to do other businesses that would take longer to start. I had a boyfriend in college who financed his entire education and paid cash for a truck, simply by selling lawn service. He didn't outsource the part time labor until after he already sold the service. It's a good business model you can start tomorrow. Dress nicely in a polo shirt and khaki pants, and just knock on doors where they need service. Google how to sell lawn service. Done.

    Also, there is a lot of info here, so take some time to browse and get an idea of the landscape. Read the titles (then content) of GOLD threads to get an idea. Note the forum categories. The knowledge here is vast- you will need to get an overview and then focus fast. Fail cheaply and fast, learn, then keep moving. I'm still a newbie too but wanted to welcome you- because this morning I read something that changes everything for me. The past can be overcome, but only to the extent that *you* believe it can. You have already contributed- your determination alone is admirable. God bless and welcome!
     
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    Thank you for the Welcome!
     
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    Thank you LynetteP for the welcome and wonderful advice! You absolutely right take action and learn as you go and adjust as you take action. I will analyze my gameplan and start next week
     
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    Start taking action asap! That's what the successful people would tell you! And you're welcome. :D
     
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    anything can be possible. for motiation check out Dave Dahl from Dave Dahl (entrepreneur) - Wikipedia Dave's Killer Bread, the only bread I ever eat because of his backstory. You can create something like this too. best of luck in your endeavors.

    The Illustrated, Odd and True Tale of Dave's Killer Bread - Modern Farmer
     
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    Welcome, and congrats on choosing a more productive path to apply your talents.

    Of the options you've presented, I would see a local services business (cleaning, lawn & garden, window washing, etc) as the quickest to revenue. There will always be demand for these services. You just need to market yourself and execute well.

    Highly recommend Googling Rohan Gilkes and checking out his site overthinkacademy.com. He has laid out the blueprint for these kind of businesses after making millions doing it himself and helping others do do the same.

    They also have a facebook group by the same name (Overthink Academy).

    Start taking action now. Best of luck!
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    Thank you once again I'm in the process of taking the steps towards action I plan on documenting everything in thread.
     
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    Wow that was an awesome story and I understand why you support it. That was definitely an encouraging read detailing all his struggles. My next stop at Kroger's I will purchase a loaf of Dave's It also a great lesson in branding, how selling your story is important. Thank you!
     
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    Thank you for the welcome and reply and I'm definitely using your advice and I will pursue my first start up. In the cleaning service business, where will update my progress here. I plan to market businesses but wouldn't mind doing residential if it's a market. Rohan would make a perfect mentor. I will also look at some courses at Overthink Academy as well. Have you used them by chance?
     
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    Hello, Forum I'm back with an update. So I decided to start a cleaning service business mainly because the low cost start-up and the opportunity to learn the aspect of starting a business and being a legitimate business owner. I originally decided to doing window and glass cleaning and market my services to businesses, schools and store fronts hoping to make a route schedule where I can work a different area each day/week. Sounds very feasible right? I thought why just limit my self to business/store fronts and market residents as well. With home cleaning (maid service) but providing several different services such as window/glass cleaning, carpet cleaning, gutter cleaning, trash can cleaning, yard and lawn service, power washing, mobile car washing/ detailing, tile and grout cleaning.

    So here are my fears or the things I worry about customers will they call me for my services. Will I be able to keep up with orders? I really don't have an USP but I'm offering a possible one-stop shop and great customer service. How fast will the work take off? Currently its just me and my aunt who has experience in the cleaning field. How will I be able to scale the business? How should I go about hiring employees or when should I? I have a friend who does house cleaning she said she get paid $15 hr but never works a full 8 hours.

    Another problem I'm facing is pricing what to charge? I dont wont to charge to much to runaway customers and don't want to be to cheap in pricing or I will never be able to scale it or hire employees. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you guys and gals!
     
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    I never been so nervous and exicited at the same time! My emotions is everywhere wondering will I succeed or fail lol. Im currently thinking between weather I should build my website or use a service site like launch27. Im considering in building an app to make it more easily accessible to get in contact with me or is there an app service similar to launch27? Any feedback is appreciated.
     
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    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    -Cleaning service: residential or commercial cleaning.
    -Mobile Vechical Detail service: mobile car wash.
    -Window washing business: stores, malls, gas stations etc.
    -Gardening and Lawn service.
    -E-comm, retail arbitrage.
    -Podcast Company
    -Apps: i have two I want to create
    -T- shirt/clothing line: which is dealing with social awarness.
    -Cookies: yes i make from scratch from a family recipe would love to get on a store self one day.
    -Management/Social media company: For artist, musicians help with marketing, branding, booking.


    1) I know Detroit has some areas that are pretty upscale - but in general, do they want house cleaners?
    I'd be leaning towards - commercial clean, but not even sure if there's a demand for that - you'd have to call or visit the businesses and find out first hand if they do outsource or would consider outsourcing their cleaning or if they just do it themselves.

    2) Erhm - very low entry bro. It would come down to branding and blowing your customers away with the AMAZING customer service & job you did - CONSISTENTLY - not always easy to do when your dealing with employees that want to do the least work possible for the most pay possible.

    3) Meh ...

    4) It does scale - so, I'd consider e-commerce. Again, you want to have amazing branding (barrier to entry) and excellent customer service - AND all the other shit, like a great product, systems etc. (not easy to do, less you have the knowledge or the capital to hire the people/agencies with the know-how).

    5) Meh... I'd need more info. What does a podcast company do? Sell podcasts? To whom, how? Probably a no on this one too.

    6) Need capital ($50k+ for marketing alone if you really want a chance of getting into the top 10 of the app store) + a (COSTLY) team to develop a really amazing app. I'd say - put this on the back burner for now, but def. something to look into.

    7) Can work - if you have the right designs, have a marketing budget and you can get infusers to wear the t-shirt.

    8) I dunno man, you need a way to get into the big stores - a big challenge, and by the time your done adding things to the cookies to ensure they have a 6 months shelf life ... it might not taste the same.

    9) Do you have experience doing this? Can you bring results ? It might work, if you know what you're doing or willing to learn the ropes. You could be the guy that specialises in dealing what that particular niche.

    All the best to ya, take my input with a wad of salt :D just sharing my (biased) thoughts.
     
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    Congrats on the decision!

    Again, I would recommend following Rohan Gilkes at overthinkacademy.com, as he has a blueprint that pretty much answers the questions you are asking so you can just focus on the execution piece.

    I definitely would not focus time, energy, and money on building your own app at this point.
     
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    Thank you @100k for you input and advice I appreciate your time in breaking everything down. I'm already pushing forward with the cleaning service I plan to market commercial and residential. With the hopes of landing a contract with a business so I know I will have at least some guaranteed income which will be easier to scale while I continue to advertise to gain more customers.

    For the T- shirts do you recommend print on demand (which will be cheaper and allow me to have more designs to build my brand) or would you suggest I get the shirts printed myself to maximize all profits.

    A podcast company (NPR, Gimlet media) will be where I host shows/produce on my network. Gimlet media for example founded in 2015 now worth 70 million. Look as it as a record company that signs artist. I will be the distributor and can intertwine with the social media company.

    I've never thought about the added ingredients needed to insure shelf life and freshness but just like anything if you pursue hard enough and research it could be done.

    Thanks once again for the reply.
     
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    Thank you @BrooklynHustle for the reply. It was you who gave me the eye opener to pursue the cleaning service. I will definitely take you advice and start a course at overthinkacademy.com hopefully it help solve some of my problems lol.

    Respect.
     
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    Hard to say what you should do. It seems like you're just jumping in - without a proper plan in place. I personally don't think you'll get anywhere like that, while others swear by that tactic.

    I dunno about your current financial situation, but I'd probably consider getting a paying job - just to cover my monthly expenses, and in my free time I'd spend time reading everything I can read on business, marketing, entrepreneurship and credit. If you don't have a good credit, then sort that out ASAP - get at least 700+ FICO score - then you'll be able to borrow money to get your business off the ground when you decide what you'll move forward with (and you've actually done market research and found out what the pain points are, what the competition isn't doing well and where there's a market gap).

    Those are just my thoughts to be honest. I understand you are passionate and you just want to jump in... but sometimes its better to take it slow and get the fundamentals sorted.
     
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    I'm not asking what to do I have plan intact that I'm pushing forward with the cleaning service. I asked your opinion about the t-shirts because out of my ideas you deemed that one to be feasible. A person can read about business, marketing, entrepreneurship all they want what use is it if you don't put it to action. I believe MJ said business plans are overrated and the best tool for learning is trial and error.
     
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    Feel free to do as you wish bro :)

    I can't really give you in-depth info on that industry - not my niche. Like you said, just go and try and see what works and what doesn't work. But I would have thought on demand would be the way to go.

    Good luck to ya. Keep us posted.
     
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    Thanks @100k appreciate the advice!
     
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    Welcome Ranman, appreciate the introduction and the progress updates!

    Drugs are an easy productocracy because of their illegality and addiction. Not a recommended business for obvious reasons however...
     
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    Found this while searching the threads. I'm looking to start a residential/commercial cleaning service locally. Have you made any progress? Any insights/tips would be appreciated. Thanks
     

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