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This still sounds crazy! Who does this? Especially at my age of nearly 60 yrs old. Interesting that the older we get, the more we realize we have less road in front of us than behind us. In reality, that’s not always true. We never know when this life will end and the next one begins.

My wife and I decided after several trips to Sedona, AZ that we wanted to live there. In the Fall of 2019, we listed our house for sale(after putting in a LOT of work on upgrades for months). We closed at 10 am on February 6th, 2020, and were on the road at 11 am. Everything we owned was packed into our SUV. We had a destination but no time frame. We had no jobs lined up. No business plan. No place to live. We really didn’t know if we’d find a place to live in Sedona, but that was the target.

We were on an ADVENTURE!

The morning we left Michigan it snowed 4”. We dragged the last of our belongings that didn’t sell through the snow for curbside pickup and we were gone.

We headed South with a general route planned out. The snow followed us all the way to Kentucky where we spent our 1st night. We stayed mostly at Airbnb’s. We made many friends and learned a great deal about every town we spent time in.

We visited so many cities and small towns and met so many amazing people. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Walked down 1,000 steps in the caves in Kentucky.
  • Visited Elvis’s Graceland where I talked with Tim, a man who met Elvis several times. I know this sounds a bit woo-woo, but Elvis’s presence was very strong.
  • We went from 70-degree weather up to a snow-covered ski lodge in New Mexico via the longest non-stop cable tram in the U.S. on the same day.
  • Visited family and friends. My brother-in-law passed away after that so this was a blessing.
  • Attended Joel Olsteen’s mega Lakewood Church in Texas. After talking with an usher, he seated us in a roped-off section in the 3rd row next to a professional basketball player. I still don’t know who he was even though they introduced him. Fascinating business!
  • We drove through mountains, forests, and deserts.
  • We visited aquariums, national parks, and the San Diego Zoo.
  • We mediated on a remote part of a beach by the cliffs on the Pacific Ocean.
  • We visited Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, Shreveport, Houston, Dallas, Albuquerque, Sante Fe, Tombstone, Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Scottsdale, Truth or Consequences (it’s real), Yuma, Elephant Butte, and dozens of other towns.
  • We took a private tour of a Tiny House manufacturing plant outside of Dallas.
  • We met with friends on the Forum in Scottsdale and Yuma. So special and very grateful to spend time with them.
After 5 weeks on the road, we signed a lease on a newly built apartment. We were the last ones they accepted as C0VlD was becoming a thing. Two weeks later….everything shut down.
Awe Hell!

Plan A was to buy a house and do Airbnb. Plan B was to buy an online business. Neither happened. Shit!

The Business

Friends of ours were closing or selling their 10 yr old Segway tours business in Sedona. We negotiated but did not come to terms. After a while, I had to do something so after a shit ton of research, we started our own tours and rental business with Segways, Ebikes, and Escooters. We capitalized on what Sedona is known for in an ECO-friendly manner which is very important to visitors.

Sedona Tours & Rentals was born

Under our LLC we started our business. We were profitable our 2nd month and have been since with sales & profitability increasing month over month. By the end of month 5, I realized our proof of concept was solid.

I still haven’t taken a paycheck. I’m living off tips. My Wife took a full-time job with the City of Cottonwood in the finance department. She can’t wait until I hire her. She’s great with numbers and thank God because I suck!

After that 5th month, it was time to get serious. Bookkeeping, tax professionals, and more. Two weeks ago, after advertising for 5 weeks, I have my 1st amazing Tour Guide.

What I learned
  • "Think Big. BIGGER!" I write this consistently to remind myself the only limits I have are the ones I set. There is no "box". No "ceiling". No"spoon" as they say in the Matrix movie. I do not want to be a full-time tour guide or a strapped business owner. I want to be the CEO of many businesses that benefit and betters people's lives. This is the goal. All during this journey, I've been thinking BIGGER. How do I scale this MF'er? I now have a plan to scale one part of this business which I will not reveal yet because of the sensitivity. Whether it works, or not, I will share it on the Insider Forum.​
  • Research. Do not get caught in the endless circle of research without making decisions and taking action! This is key. I don’t make all the right decisions but I do take action.
  • Build an Amazing Team. NOBODY can start or run their business alone. I have an amazing team!
    - Google Ads professional. www.AdvertiserAdvisors.com
    - Website Designer
    - Brand Professional
    - Graphics Designer/Copy Writer who also helps answer the phones.
    - Tax and bookkeeping company.
    - Banker - I have a successful, local retired mentor through the SBA. He’s amazing. And Free!
    ALL were referrals. PM me if you need a referral.​
    My goal is to lift up everyone I work with so they can make more money, be more fulfilled, have more fun, and overall improve their lives.​
  • Know and define your brand. Our company is focused and we know who we are. Our company is a separate entity, like a real person. It has a Personality. I can’t emphasize branding enough. Everything it does from hiring, office design, product design, customer interaction, and more, is consistent. Whatever businesses I start from this point under our LLC will have the same message.
  • Read other companies’ and successful entrepreneurs’ books. LEARN.
  • Get your books, records, taxes, etc. organized as soon as you prove your business is viable. Playing catchup is a bitch!
  • Journal. I have 16 private and business journals. Some of them are not active as they are yearly. I use Penzu so I can search for specific things from time to time. I also store them locally as a backup.
  • Never enough time and always 100 things on my ‘to-do list’. I use Trello to help keep me organized. I also constantly write on yellow notepads. Instead of checking off things, I write “WIN”.
  • Leverage. Use other people asap to leverage your time so you can stay focused on what you do best. Contract or hire people that are experts in areas where you suck. I suck at a lot of things.
  • Don't take anything personally. I have thick skin by choice. I constantly ask people for their opinions and ideas. People are mostly kind and slow to criticize or critique. It’s the criticism I dig for.
  • Experience. Emotions. Feelings. People want to have great experiences, positive emotions, and good feelings and will pay you for these no matter your business.
  • Efficiency. I’m obsessed with making my customers’ experience super easy and my business super-efficient. No wasted clicks. No wasted energy.
  • Haters. No matter what business you’re in, you’re gunna get them. Hell, even The Rock has haters! I received my 1st complaint via letter regarding our training practices at our office and another kind of nasty voice message from a neighbor upset with us giving tours through their neighborhood. I immediately called the owner of the business that received the complaint letter and she was great! We worked out a different area for training and all is good.

    The nasty voice message….She is 78 yrs old and an unhappy person. That’s sad. - Update - I met and had great conversations with the President and VP of the HOA this lady lives in. No call to her!
  • Think. Thinking is hard. Memorizing and learning are easy. I journal about trends, trying to gather data and predict what the future will hold in business. I take quiet time to think about my business currently and in the future. This helps determine my direction.

Personal Note: None of this is about ME. It’s not all about the money. It’s about my WHY’s. It’s about bettering my life situation so I can help others. I am focused on serving people and in return, they pay me and feel great about it.

Starting a business is spiritual. It’s creating something from nothing. It’s art. The Toltecs say we are all artists and the art we create is the story of our life.

Create art. Create your life story the way you want.
 
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Awesome post with some great insights. Marked NOTABLE. Congrats on making a BOLD move!
 

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  • Know and define your brand. Our company is focused and we know who we are. Our company is a separate entity, like a real person. It has a Personality. I can’t emphasize branding enough. Everything it does from hiring, office design, product design, customer interaction, and more, is consistent. Whatever businesses I start from this point under our LLC will have the same message.

  • Leverage. Use other people asap to leverage your time so you can stay focused on what you do best. Contract or hire people that are experts in areas where you suck. I suck at a lot of things.
Great post. Thank for sharing.

These two points are ones I absolutely recommend and am on-board with.
 

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This still sounds crazy! Who does this? Especially at my age of nearly 60 yrs old. Interesting that the older we get, the more we realize we have less road in front of us than behind us. In reality, that’s not always true. We never know when this life will end and the next one begins.

My wife and I decided after several trips to Sedona, AZ that we wanted to live there. In the Fall of 2019, we listed our house for sale(after putting in a LOT of work on upgrades for months). We closed at 10 am on February 6th, 2020, and were on the road at 11 am. Everything we owned was packed into our SUV. We had a destination but no time frame. We had no jobs lined up. No business plan. No place to live. We really didn’t know if we’d find a place to live in Sedona, but that was the target.

We were on an ADVENTURE!

The morning we left Michigan it snowed 4”. We dragged the last of our belongings that didn’t sell through the snow for curbside pickup and we were gone.

We headed South with a general route planned out. The snow followed us all the way to Kentucky where we spent our 1st night. We stayed mostly at Airbnb’s. We made many friends and learned a great deal about every town we spent time in.

We visited so many cities and small towns and met so many amazing people. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Walked down 1,000 steps in the caves in Kentucky.
  • Visited Elvis’s Graceland where I talked with Tim, a man who met Elvis several times. I know this sounds a bit woo-woo, but Elvis’s presence was very strong.
  • We went from 70-degree weather up to a snow-covered ski lodge in New Mexico via the longest non-stop cable tram in the U.S. on the same day.
  • Visited family and friends. My brother-in-law passed away after that so this was a blessing.
  • Attended Joel Olsteen’s mega Lakewood Church in Texas. After talking with an usher, he seated us in a roped-off section in the 3rd row next to a professional basketball player. I still don’t know who he was even though they introduced him. Fascinating business!
  • We drove through mountains, forests, and deserts.
  • We visited aquariums, national parks, and the San Diego Zoo.
  • We mediated on a remote part of a beach by the cliffs on the Pacific Ocean.
  • We visited Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, Shreveport, Houston, Dallas, Albuquerque, Sante Fe, Tombstone, Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Scottsdale, Truth or Consequences (it’s real), Yuma, Elephant Butte, and dozens of other towns.
  • We took a private tour of a Tiny House manufacturing plant outside of Dallas.
  • We met with friends on the Forum in Scottsdale and Yuma. So special and very grateful to spend time with them.
After 5 weeks on the road, we signed a lease on a newly built apartment. We were the last ones they accepted as C0VlD was becoming a thing. Two weeks later….everything shut down.
Awe Hell!

Plan A was to buy a house and do Airbnb. Plan B was to buy an online business. Neither happened. Shit!

The Business

Friends of ours were closing or selling their 10 yr old Segway tours business in Sedona. We negotiated but did not come to terms. After a while, I had to do something so after a shit ton of research, we started our own tours and rental business with Segways, Ebikes, and Escooters. We capitalized on what Sedona is known for in an ECO-friendly manner which is very important to visitors.

Sedona Tours & Rentals was born

Under our LLC we started our business. We were profitable our 2nd month and have been since with sales & profitability increasing month over month. By the end of month 5, I realized our proof of concept was solid.

I still haven’t taken a paycheck. I’m living off tips. My Wife took a full-time job with the City of Cottonwood in the finance department. She can’t wait until I hire her. She’s great with numbers and thank God because I suck!

After that 5th month, it was time to get serious. Bookkeeping, tax professionals, and more. Two weeks ago, after advertising for 5 weeks, I have my 1st amazing Tour Guide.

What I learned
  • "Think Big. BIGGER!" I write this consistently to remind myself the only limits I have are the ones I set. There is no "box". No "ceiling". No"spoon" as they say in the Matrix movie. I do not want to be a full-time tour guide or a strapped business owner. I want to be the CEO of many businesses that benefit and betters people's lives. This is the goal. All during this journey, I've been thinking BIGGER. How do I scale this MF'er? I now have a plan to scale one part of this business which I will not reveal yet because of the sensitivity. Whether it works, or not, I will share it on the Insider Forum.​
  • Research. Do not get caught in the endless circle of research without making decisions and taking action! This is key. I don’t make all the right decisions but I do take action.
  • Build an Amazing Team. NOBODY can start or run their business alone. I have an amazing team!
    - Google Ads professional
    - Website Designer
    - Brand Professional
    - Graphics Designer/Copy Writer who also helps answer the phones.
    - Tax and bookkeeping company.
    - Banker - I have a successful, local retired mentor through the SBA. He’s amazing. And Free!
    ALL were referrals. PM me if you need a referral.​
    My goal is to lift up everyone I work with so they can make more money, be more fulfilled, have more fun, and overall improve their lives.​
  • Know and define your brand. Our company is focused and we know who we are. Our company is a separate entity, like a real person. It has a Personality. I can’t emphasize branding enough. Everything it does from hiring, office design, product design, customer interaction, and more, is consistent. Whatever businesses I start from this point under our LLC will have the same message.
  • Read other companies’ and successful entrepreneurs’ books. LEARN.
  • Get your books, records, taxes, etc. organized as soon as you prove your business is viable. Playing catchup is a bitch!
  • Journal. I have 16 private and business journals. Some of them are not active as they are yearly. I use Penzu so I can search for specific things from time to time. I also store them locally as a backup.
  • Never enough time and always 100 things on my ‘to-do list’. I use Trello to help keep me organized. I also constantly write on yellow notepads. Instead of checking off things, I write “WIN”.
  • Leverage. Use other people asap to leverage your time so you can stay focused on what you do best. Contract or hire people that are experts in areas where you suck. I suck at a lot of things.
  • Don't take anything personally. I have thick skin by choice. I constantly ask people for their opinions and ideas. People are mostly kind and slow to criticize or critique. It’s the criticism I dig for.
  • Experience. Emotions. Feelings. People want to have great experiences, positive emotions, and good feelings and will pay you for these no matter your business.
  • Efficiency. I’m obsessed with making my customers’ experience super easy and my business super-efficient. No wasted clicks. No wasted energy.
  • Haters. No matter what business you’re in, you’re gunna get them. Hell, even The Rock has haters! I received my 1st complaint via letter regarding our training practices at our office and another kind of nasty voice message from a neighbor upset with us giving tours through their neighborhood. I immediately called the owner of the business that received the complaint letter and she was great! We worked out a different area for training and all is good.

    The nasty voice message….She is 78 yrs old and an unhappy person. That’s sad. - Update - I met and had great conversations with the President and VP of the HOA this lady lives in. No call to her!
  • Think. Thinking is hard. Memorizing and learning are easy. I journal about trends, trying to gather data and predict what the future will hold in business. I take quiet time to think about my business currently and in the future. This helps determine my direction.

Personal Note: None of this is about ME. It’s not all about the money. It’s about my WHY’s. It’s about bettering my life situation so I can help others. I am focused on serving people and in return, they pay me and feel great about it.

Starting a business is spiritual. It’s creating something from nothing. It’s art. The Toltecs say we are all artists and the art we create is the story of our life.

Create art. Create your life story the way you want.
Thats crazy. and I love it. Please keep posting your progress I want to read more
 

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Think Big. BIGGER!" I write this consistently to remind myself the only limits I have are the ones I set. There is no "box". No "ceiling". No"spoon" as they say in the Matrix movie. I do not want to be a full-time tour guide or a strapped business owner. I want to be the CEO of many businesses that benefit and betters people's lives. This is the goal. All during this journey, I've been thinking BIGGER. How do I scale this MF'er? I now have a plan to scale one part of this business which I will not reveal yet because of the sensitivity. Whether it works, or not, I will share it on the Insider Forum.
I literally jumped up out of my chair when I read this, this is exactly what I want and it is such an amazing vision that you have so eloquently put down here.

Thanks for taking the time to write this and I'll be looking forward to more updates.

No ceilings...
 

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I literally jumped up out of my chair when I read this, this is exactly what I want and it is such an amazing vision that you have so eloquently put down here.

Thanks for taking the time to write this and I'll be looking forward to more updates.

No ceilings...
No ceilings!!! Thanks for taking time to read it.
 

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I'm glad you enjoyed it. Will do!
The haters can be real discouraging but you just gotta keep going! Although there are some constructive feedback sometimes, most negative remarks tend to be people who are jealous
 

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I have a really great part-time tour guide...but...apparently he misunderstood our arrangement regarding pay. My offer was $25/hr. This is a combination of tips/hourly. So if he gets a $50 tip (not uncommon), we're square. If not, I make up the difference. Pretty fair deal I think. He thought it was $25/hr from me + tips! Ouch!

I'll keep him on until I find someone else. I just placed another ad. The labor market here is so tight that some businesses are closing or limiting their hours of operations because they can't find help. The Governor just ended the supplemental $300 in unemployment benefits which might help a little. After that, the extended unemployment ends in September.

Looking forward I don't see the situation changing much here. The cost of living is very high and the wages won't support people living here. And not just here, but the cost of living is rising in the surrounding areas. Hell of a problem!

I'll figure it out though. It's what I do!
 

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I have a really great part-time tour guide...but...apparently he misunderstood our arrangement regarding pay. My offer was $25/hr. This is a combination of tips/hourly. So if he gets a $50 tip (not uncommon), we're square. If not, I make up the difference. Pretty fair deal I think. He thought it was $25/hr from me + tips! Ouch!

How does this incentivize him to go a better job? It also makes him more likely to unreport tips to you.

I don't understand this pay structure. If he gets a $50 tip, then you basically don't pay out anything and keep the tour revenue as 100% income. If he gets no tip, you pay him $50 out of your pocket. So the better a job your employee does, you make more money, but the employee doesn't benefit.

It's weird to me. Is this a normal way that tour companies structure their pay?

I would think it would be better to say $15/hr + tips would be better.
 

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How does this incentivize him to go a better job? It also makes him more likely to unreport tips to you.

I don't understand this pay structure. If he gets a $50 tip, then you basically don't pay out anything and keep the tour revenue as 100% income. If he gets no tip, you pay him $50 out of your pocket. So the better a job your employee does, you make more money, but the employee doesn't benefit.

It's weird to me. Is this a normal way that tour companies structure their pay?

I would think it would be better to say $15/hr + tips would be better.
Thanks for your input @biophase. It's a structure I came up with knowing the downsides. I spoke with a friend who owns a successful tours company for 13 yrs in Houston and this is what she does. I wouldn't say it's typical. I've researched how other companies structure their pay also.

I've been rethinking this and I will try a different structure. I do think the say $15/hr + tips is a good direction. I've been thinking of ways to structure it as a contract job but this gets really tricky. I don't think it will work for tour guides under the legal guidelines. My wife is an expert in this.

I'm also raising all my prices. We are in high demand with excellent Google reviews. We're getting referrals from high-end hotels here consistently, and travel agents around the country(even from Mexico). We're also in an area where people expect to pay more for everything.
 

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I need more Segways! 6 more to start. This is challenging. I could buy the older, used, re-manufactured style but they're expensive and I'd have to piece them together from different sellers to get 6 total.

China is making them but vetting is challenging. I'm in touch with a company that has boots on the ground in China/Asia that will go to the manufacturer to do the vetting but so far they've been slow to respond.

Anyone have any connections/suggestions?
 

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Ok, how about just googling "segway alternatives" ? I did, and saw that Segway has ended production. I didn't know they did that.

I found an alternative called Roboscooter, and their site says they supply to companies that rent out Segways.
 

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Ok, how about just googling "segway alternatives" ? I did, and saw that Segway has ended production. I didn't know they did that.

I found an alternative called Roboscooter, and their site says they supply to companies that rent out Segways.
This one I don't know. I'll check it out. Thanks!!
 

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This one I don't know. I'll check it out. Thanks!!
I have no affiliation with them, I just found them when I googled what I said above. roboscooters.com

Personally, if I was doing what you are doing, I would look at other alternatives as well. I was watching some videos of Segway fails - it appears the thing can get away from you if you are not careful. If you are renting these to people, maybe limit the top speed, or find some kind of scooters that are a little easier to ride. I'd be worried about liability.
 

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I got an email from Penzu.com that showed what I wrote on 5-25-2017(4 yrs ago). I thought it was pertinent to this thread.


A little backstory first. I was stressing trying to figure out what to do for a business and how to make money while rehabbing. I had major knee surgery from an accident on March 1st that same year(this is a whole other story with many lessons!).

After having an amazing phone conversation with a friend from the Forum. He probably has no idea how positively he affected my life.

Copied from my personal diary:

“The bottom line here is this: For me to make a decision, I have to NOT make a decision. I will explain. I will meditate on things I am considering doing for a business. I will learn to understand what the answers are that come to me. I will let the path unfold in front of me and I will know it, and I will follow it. I have good intentions and I believe I will make enough money to meet all of them.


I have been thinking too much and stressing too much trying to decide what to do. I am worried about the money and the future. I will stop worrying about it and know everything will turn out perfectly.


My injury happened for a reason and I feel it was to take me on a different path. I will meditate on this and find the path.”


It took a combination of quiet time, meditation, critical and introspective thinking. I still do this consistently. Then....I took ACTION. It's not like some people think about the Law of Attraction where things just come to you. You have to do your part....the work!

Funny thing about "paths". If you believe you're on your path, then something happens that throws you off that path, are you still on your path? Yea, let that one hurt your brain for a minute.
 

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This still sounds crazy! Who does this? Especially at my age of nearly 60 yrs old. Interesting that the older we get, the more we realize we have less road in front of us than behind us. In reality, that’s not always true. We never know when this life will end and the next one begins.

My wife and I decided after several trips to Sedona, AZ that we wanted to live there. In the Fall of 2019, we listed our house for sale(after putting in a LOT of work on upgrades for months). We closed at 10 am on February 6th, 2020, and were on the road at 11 am. Everything we owned was packed into our SUV. We had a destination but no time frame. We had no jobs lined up. No business plan. No place to live. We really didn’t know if we’d find a place to live in Sedona, but that was the target.

We were on an ADVENTURE!

The morning we left Michigan it snowed 4”. We dragged the last of our belongings that didn’t sell through the snow for curbside pickup and we were gone.

We headed South with a general route planned out. The snow followed us all the way to Kentucky where we spent our 1st night. We stayed mostly at Airbnb’s. We made many friends and learned a great deal about every town we spent time in.

We visited so many cities and small towns and met so many amazing people. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Walked down 1,000 steps in the caves in Kentucky.
  • Visited Elvis’s Graceland where I talked with Tim, a man who met Elvis several times. I know this sounds a bit woo-woo, but Elvis’s presence was very strong.
  • We went from 70-degree weather up to a snow-covered ski lodge in New Mexico via the longest non-stop cable tram in the U.S. on the same day.
  • Visited family and friends. My brother-in-law passed away after that so this was a blessing.
  • Attended Joel Olsteen’s mega Lakewood Church in Texas. After talking with an usher, he seated us in a roped-off section in the 3rd row next to a professional basketball player. I still don’t know who he was even though they introduced him. Fascinating business!
  • We drove through mountains, forests, and deserts.
  • We visited aquariums, national parks, and the San Diego Zoo.
  • We mediated on a remote part of a beach by the cliffs on the Pacific Ocean.
  • We visited Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, Shreveport, Houston, Dallas, Albuquerque, Sante Fe, Tombstone, Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Scottsdale, Truth or Consequences (it’s real), Yuma, Elephant Butte, and dozens of other towns.
  • We took a private tour of a Tiny House manufacturing plant outside of Dallas.
  • We met with friends on the Forum in Scottsdale and Yuma. So special and very grateful to spend time with them.
After 5 weeks on the road, we signed a lease on a newly built apartment. We were the last ones they accepted as C0VlD was becoming a thing. Two weeks later….everything shut down.
Awe Hell!

Plan A was to buy a house and do Airbnb. Plan B was to buy an online business. Neither happened. Shit!

The Business

Friends of ours were closing or selling their 10 yr old Segway tours business in Sedona. We negotiated but did not come to terms. After a while, I had to do something so after a shit ton of research, we started our own tours and rental business with Segways, Ebikes, and Escooters. We capitalized on what Sedona is known for in an ECO-friendly manner which is very important to visitors.

Sedona Tours & Rentals was born

Under our LLC we started our business. We were profitable our 2nd month and have been since with sales & profitability increasing month over month. By the end of month 5, I realized our proof of concept was solid.

I still haven’t taken a paycheck. I’m living off tips. My Wife took a full-time job with the City of Cottonwood in the finance department. She can’t wait until I hire her. She’s great with numbers and thank God because I suck!

After that 5th month, it was time to get serious. Bookkeeping, tax professionals, and more. Two weeks ago, after advertising for 5 weeks, I have my 1st amazing Tour Guide.

What I learned
  • "Think Big. BIGGER!" I write this consistently to remind myself the only limits I have are the ones I set. There is no "box". No "ceiling". No"spoon" as they say in the Matrix movie. I do not want to be a full-time tour guide or a strapped business owner. I want to be the CEO of many businesses that benefit and betters people's lives. This is the goal. All during this journey, I've been thinking BIGGER. How do I scale this MF'er? I now have a plan to scale one part of this business which I will not reveal yet because of the sensitivity. Whether it works, or not, I will share it on the Insider Forum.​
  • Research. Do not get caught in the endless circle of research without making decisions and taking action! This is key. I don’t make all the right decisions but I do take action.
  • Build an Amazing Team. NOBODY can start or run their business alone. I have an amazing team!
    - Google Ads professional. www.AdvertiserAdvisors.com
    - Website Designer
    - Brand Professional
    - Graphics Designer/Copy Writer who also helps answer the phones.
    - Tax and bookkeeping company.
    - Banker - I have a successful, local retired mentor through the SBA. He’s amazing. And Free!
    ALL were referrals. PM me if you need a referral.​
    My goal is to lift up everyone I work with so they can make more money, be more fulfilled, have more fun, and overall improve their lives.​
  • Know and define your brand. Our company is focused and we know who we are. Our company is a separate entity, like a real person. It has a Personality. I can’t emphasize branding enough. Everything it does from hiring, office design, product design, customer interaction, and more, is consistent. Whatever businesses I start from this point under our LLC will have the same message.
  • Read other companies’ and successful entrepreneurs’ books. LEARN.
  • Get your books, records, taxes, etc. organized as soon as you prove your business is viable. Playing catchup is a bitch!
  • Journal. I have 16 private and business journals. Some of them are not active as they are yearly. I use Penzu so I can search for specific things from time to time. I also store them locally as a backup.
  • Never enough time and always 100 things on my ‘to-do list’. I use Trello to help keep me organized. I also constantly write on yellow notepads. Instead of checking off things, I write “WIN”.
  • Leverage. Use other people asap to leverage your time so you can stay focused on what you do best. Contract or hire people that are experts in areas where you suck. I suck at a lot of things.
  • Don't take anything personally. I have thick skin by choice. I constantly ask people for their opinions and ideas. People are mostly kind and slow to criticize or critique. It’s the criticism I dig for.
  • Experience. Emotions. Feelings. People want to have great experiences, positive emotions, and good feelings and will pay you for these no matter your business.
  • Efficiency. I’m obsessed with making my customers’ experience super easy and my business super-efficient. No wasted clicks. No wasted energy.
  • Haters. No matter what business you’re in, you’re gunna get them. Hell, even The Rock has haters! I received my 1st complaint via letter regarding our training practices at our office and another kind of nasty voice message from a neighbor upset with us giving tours through their neighborhood. I immediately called the owner of the business that received the complaint letter and she was great! We worked out a different area for training and all is good.

    The nasty voice message….She is 78 yrs old and an unhappy person. That’s sad. - Update - I met and had great conversations with the President and VP of the HOA this lady lives in. No call to her!
  • Think. Thinking is hard. Memorizing and learning are easy. I journal about trends, trying to gather data and predict what the future will hold in business. I take quiet time to think about my business currently and in the future. This helps determine my direction.

Personal Note: None of this is about ME. It’s not all about the money. It’s about my WHY’s. It’s about bettering my life situation so I can help others. I am focused on serving people and in return, they pay me and feel great about it.

Starting a business is spiritual. It’s creating something from nothing. It’s art. The Toltecs say we are all artists and the art we create is the story of our life.

Create art. Create your life story the way you want.
Hello Bigguns50,

Loved your story! You got an idea, made a decision, and took massive action! This reminds me of a quote from Basil King:

"Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid."
 

Eric Flathers

Contributor
Feb 9, 2019
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This still sounds crazy! Who does this? Especially at my age of nearly 60 yrs old. Interesting that the older we get, the more we realize we have less road in front of us than behind us. In reality, that’s not always true. We never know when this life will end and the next one begins.

My wife and I decided after several trips to Sedona, AZ that we wanted to live there. In the Fall of 2019, we listed our house for sale(after putting in a LOT of work on upgrades for months). We closed at 10 am on February 6th, 2020, and were on the road at 11 am. Everything we owned was packed into our SUV. We had a destination but no time frame. We had no jobs lined up. No business plan. No place to live. We really didn’t know if we’d find a place to live in Sedona, but that was the target.

We were on an ADVENTURE!

The morning we left Michigan it snowed 4”. We dragged the last of our belongings that didn’t sell through the snow for curbside pickup and we were gone.

We headed South with a general route planned out. The snow followed us all the way to Kentucky where we spent our 1st night. We stayed mostly at Airbnb’s. We made many friends and learned a great deal about every town we spent time in.

We visited so many cities and small towns and met so many amazing people. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Walked down 1,000 steps in the caves in Kentucky.
  • Visited Elvis’s Graceland where I talked with Tim, a man who met Elvis several times. I know this sounds a bit woo-woo, but Elvis’s presence was very strong.
  • We went from 70-degree weather up to a snow-covered ski lodge in New Mexico via the longest non-stop cable tram in the U.S. on the same day.
  • Visited family and friends. My brother-in-law passed away after that so this was a blessing.
  • Attended Joel Olsteen’s mega Lakewood Church in Texas. After talking with an usher, he seated us in a roped-off section in the 3rd row next to a professional basketball player. I still don’t know who he was even though they introduced him. Fascinating business!
  • We drove through mountains, forests, and deserts.
  • We visited aquariums, national parks, and the San Diego Zoo.
  • We mediated on a remote part of a beach by the cliffs on the Pacific Ocean.
  • We visited Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, Shreveport, Houston, Dallas, Albuquerque, Sante Fe, Tombstone, Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Scottsdale, Truth or Consequences (it’s real), Yuma, Elephant Butte, and dozens of other towns.
  • We took a private tour of a Tiny House manufacturing plant outside of Dallas.
  • We met with friends on the Forum in Scottsdale and Yuma. So special and very grateful to spend time with them.
After 5 weeks on the road, we signed a lease on a newly built apartment. We were the last ones they accepted as C0VlD was becoming a thing. Two weeks later….everything shut down.
Awe Hell!

Plan A was to buy a house and do Airbnb. Plan B was to buy an online business. Neither happened. Shit!

The Business

Friends of ours were closing or selling their 10 yr old Segway tours business in Sedona. We negotiated but did not come to terms. After a while, I had to do something so after a shit ton of research, we started our own tours and rental business with Segways, Ebikes, and Escooters. We capitalized on what Sedona is known for in an ECO-friendly manner which is very important to visitors.

Sedona Tours & Rentals was born

Under our LLC we started our business. We were profitable our 2nd month and have been since with sales & profitability increasing month over month. By the end of month 5, I realized our proof of concept was solid.

I still haven’t taken a paycheck. I’m living off tips. My Wife took a full-time job with the City of Cottonwood in the finance department. She can’t wait until I hire her. She’s great with numbers and thank God because I suck!

After that 5th month, it was time to get serious. Bookkeeping, tax professionals, and more. Two weeks ago, after advertising for 5 weeks, I have my 1st amazing Tour Guide.

What I learned
  • "Think Big. BIGGER!" I write this consistently to remind myself the only limits I have are the ones I set. There is no "box". No "ceiling". No"spoon" as they say in the Matrix movie. I do not want to be a full-time tour guide or a strapped business owner. I want to be the CEO of many businesses that benefit and betters people's lives. This is the goal. All during this journey, I've been thinking BIGGER. How do I scale this MF'er? I now have a plan to scale one part of this business which I will not reveal yet because of the sensitivity. Whether it works, or not, I will share it on the Insider Forum.​
  • Research. Do not get caught in the endless circle of research without making decisions and taking action! This is key. I don’t make all the right decisions but I do take action.
  • Build an Amazing Team. NOBODY can start or run their business alone. I have an amazing team!
    - Google Ads professional. www.AdvertiserAdvisors.com
    - Website Designer
    - Brand Professional
    - Graphics Designer/Copy Writer who also helps answer the phones.
    - Tax and bookkeeping company.
    - Banker - I have a successful, local retired mentor through the SBA. He’s amazing. And Free!
    ALL were referrals. PM me if you need a referral.​
    My goal is to lift up everyone I work with so they can make more money, be more fulfilled, have more fun, and overall improve their lives.​
  • Know and define your brand. Our company is focused and we know who we are. Our company is a separate entity, like a real person. It has a Personality. I can’t emphasize branding enough. Everything it does from hiring, office design, product design, customer interaction, and more, is consistent. Whatever businesses I start from this point under our LLC will have the same message.
  • Read other companies’ and successful entrepreneurs’ books. LEARN.
  • Get your books, records, taxes, etc. organized as soon as you prove your business is viable. Playing catchup is a bitch!
  • Journal. I have 16 private and business journals. Some of them are not active as they are yearly. I use Penzu so I can search for specific things from time to time. I also store them locally as a backup.
  • Never enough time and always 100 things on my ‘to-do list’. I use Trello to help keep me organized. I also constantly write on yellow notepads. Instead of checking off things, I write “WIN”.
  • Leverage. Use other people asap to leverage your time so you can stay focused on what you do best. Contract or hire people that are experts in areas where you suck. I suck at a lot of things.
  • Don't take anything personally. I have thick skin by choice. I constantly ask people for their opinions and ideas. People are mostly kind and slow to criticize or critique. It’s the criticism I dig for.
  • Experience. Emotions. Feelings. People want to have great experiences, positive emotions, and good feelings and will pay you for these no matter your business.
  • Efficiency. I’m obsessed with making my customers’ experience super easy and my business super-efficient. No wasted clicks. No wasted energy.
  • Haters. No matter what business you’re in, you’re gunna get them. Hell, even The Rock has haters! I received my 1st complaint via letter regarding our training practices at our office and another kind of nasty voice message from a neighbor upset with us giving tours through their neighborhood. I immediately called the owner of the business that received the complaint letter and she was great! We worked out a different area for training and all is good.

    The nasty voice message….She is 78 yrs old and an unhappy person. That’s sad. - Update - I met and had great conversations with the President and VP of the HOA this lady lives in. No call to her!
  • Think. Thinking is hard. Memorizing and learning are easy. I journal about trends, trying to gather data and predict what the future will hold in business. I take quiet time to think about my business currently and in the future. This helps determine my direction.

Personal Note: None of this is about ME. It’s not all about the money. It’s about my WHY’s. It’s about bettering my life situation so I can help others. I am focused on serving people and in return, they pay me and feel great about it.

Starting a business is spiritual. It’s creating something from nothing. It’s art. The Toltecs say we are all artists and the art we create is the story of our life.

Create art. Create your life story the way you want.
Good for you and your wife. You are never to old to start something new. Thanks for the motivation and your words were well thought out and presented. Next time I'm in AZ I'll look up your business.
 

timbers1

New Contributor
Jul 2, 2021
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This still sounds crazy! Who does this? Especially at my age of nearly 60 yrs old. Interesting that the older we get, the more we realize we have less road in front of us than behind us. In reality, that’s not always true. We never know when this life will end and the next one begins.

My wife and I decided after several trips to Sedona, AZ that we wanted to live there. In the Fall of 2019, we listed our house for sale(after putting in a LOT of work on upgrades for months). We closed at 10 am on February 6th, 2020, and were on the road at 11 am. Everything we owned was packed into our SUV. We had a destination but no time frame. We had no jobs lined up. No business plan. No place to live. We really didn’t know if we’d find a place to live in Sedona, but that was the target.

We were on an ADVENTURE!

The morning we left Michigan it snowed 4”. We dragged the last of our belongings that didn’t sell through the snow for curbside pickup and we were gone.

We headed South with a general route planned out. The snow followed us all the way to Kentucky where we spent our 1st night. We stayed mostly at Airbnb’s. We made many friends and learned a great deal about every town we spent time in.

We visited so many cities and small towns and met so many amazing people. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Walked down 1,000 steps in the caves in Kentucky.
  • Visited Elvis’s Graceland where I talked with Tim, a man who met Elvis several times. I know this sounds a bit woo-woo, but Elvis’s presence was very strong.
  • We went from 70-degree weather up to a snow-covered ski lodge in New Mexico via the longest non-stop cable tram in the U.S. on the same day.
  • Visited family and friends. My brother-in-law passed away after that so this was a blessing.
  • Attended Joel Olsteen’s mega Lakewood Church in Texas. After talking with an usher, he seated us in a roped-off section in the 3rd row next to a professional basketball player. I still don’t know who he was even though they introduced him. Fascinating business!
  • We drove through mountains, forests, and deserts.
  • We visited aquariums, national parks, and the San Diego Zoo.
  • We mediated on a remote part of a beach by the cliffs on the Pacific Ocean.
  • We visited Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, Shreveport, Houston, Dallas, Albuquerque, Sante Fe, Tombstone, Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Scottsdale, Truth or Consequences (it’s real), Yuma, Elephant Butte, and dozens of other towns.
  • We took a private tour of a Tiny House manufacturing plant outside of Dallas.
  • We met with friends on the Forum in Scottsdale and Yuma. So special and very grateful to spend time with them.
After 5 weeks on the road, we signed a lease on a newly built apartment. We were the last ones they accepted as C0VlD was becoming a thing. Two weeks later….everything shut down.
Awe Hell!

Plan A was to buy a house and do Airbnb. Plan B was to buy an online business. Neither happened. Shit!

The Business

Friends of ours were closing or selling their 10 yr old Segway tours business in Sedona. We negotiated but did not come to terms. After a while, I had to do something so after a shit ton of research, we started our own tours and rental business with Segways, Ebikes, and Escooters. We capitalized on what Sedona is known for in an ECO-friendly manner which is very important to visitors.

Sedona Tours & Rentals was born

Under our LLC we started our business. We were profitable our 2nd month and have been since with sales & profitability increasing month over month. By the end of month 5, I realized our proof of concept was solid.

I still haven’t taken a paycheck. I’m living off tips. My Wife took a full-time job with the City of Cottonwood in the finance department. She can’t wait until I hire her. She’s great with numbers and thank God because I suck!

After that 5th month, it was time to get serious. Bookkeeping, tax professionals, and more. Two weeks ago, after advertising for 5 weeks, I have my 1st amazing Tour Guide.

What I learned
  • "Think Big. BIGGER!" I write this consistently to remind myself the only limits I have are the ones I set. There is no "box". No "ceiling". No"spoon" as they say in the Matrix movie. I do not want to be a full-time tour guide or a strapped business owner. I want to be the CEO of many businesses that benefit and betters people's lives. This is the goal. All during this journey, I've been thinking BIGGER. How do I scale this MF'er? I now have a plan to scale one part of this business which I will not reveal yet because of the sensitivity. Whether it works, or not, I will share it on the Insider Forum.​
  • Research. Do not get caught in the endless circle of research without making decisions and taking action! This is key. I don’t make all the right decisions but I do take action.
  • Build an Amazing Team. NOBODY can start or run their business alone. I have an amazing team!
    - Google Ads professional. www.AdvertiserAdvisors.com
    - Website Designer
    - Brand Professional
    - Graphics Designer/Copy Writer who also helps answer the phones.
    - Tax and bookkeeping company.
    - Banker - I have a successful, local retired mentor through the SBA. He’s amazing. And Free!
    ALL were referrals. PM me if you need a referral.​
    My goal is to lift up everyone I work with so they can make more money, be more fulfilled, have more fun, and overall improve their lives.​
  • Know and define your brand. Our company is focused and we know who we are. Our company is a separate entity, like a real person. It has a Personality. I can’t emphasize branding enough. Everything it does from hiring, office design, product design, customer interaction, and more, is consistent. Whatever businesses I start from this point under our LLC will have the same message.
  • Read other companies’ and successful entrepreneurs’ books. LEARN.
  • Get your books, records, taxes, etc. organized as soon as you prove your business is viable. Playing catchup is a bitch!
  • Journal. I have 16 private and business journals. Some of them are not active as they are yearly. I use Penzu so I can search for specific things from time to time. I also store them locally as a backup.
  • Never enough time and always 100 things on my ‘to-do list’. I use Trello to help keep me organized. I also constantly write on yellow notepads. Instead of checking off things, I write “WIN”.
  • Leverage. Use other people asap to leverage your time so you can stay focused on what you do best. Contract or hire people that are experts in areas where you suck. I suck at a lot of things.
  • Don't take anything personally. I have thick skin by choice. I constantly ask people for their opinions and ideas. People are mostly kind and slow to criticize or critique. It’s the criticism I dig for.
  • Experience. Emotions. Feelings. People want to have great experiences, positive emotions, and good feelings and will pay you for these no matter your business.
  • Efficiency. I’m obsessed with making my customers’ experience super easy and my business super-efficient. No wasted clicks. No wasted energy.
  • Haters. No matter what business you’re in, you’re gunna get them. Hell, even The Rock has haters! I received my 1st complaint via letter regarding our training practices at our office and another kind of nasty voice message from a neighbor upset with us giving tours through their neighborhood. I immediately called the owner of the business that received the complaint letter and she was great! We worked out a different area for training and all is good.

    The nasty voice message….She is 78 yrs old and an unhappy person. That’s sad. - Update - I met and had great conversations with the President and VP of the HOA this lady lives in. No call to her!
  • Think. Thinking is hard. Memorizing and learning are easy. I journal about trends, trying to gather data and predict what the future will hold in business. I take quiet time to think about my business currently and in the future. This helps determine my direction.

Personal Note: None of this is about ME. It’s not all about the money. It’s about my WHY’s. It’s about bettering my life situation so I can help others. I am focused on serving people and in return, they pay me and feel great about it.

Starting a business is spiritual. It’s creating something from nothing. It’s art. The Toltecs say we are all artists and the art we create is the story of our life.

Create art. Create your life story the way you want.
  • Research. Do not get caught in the endless circle of research without making decisions and taking action! This is key. I don’t make all the right decisions but I do take action.
Congrats on the bold move and thanks for sharing. I found the point about research especially applicable. I tend to be an over-analyzer. There are advantages to being a heavy thinker/researcher, but it's important to gain some information and make a decision, not sit and run in circles trying to find the perfect "answer".

Thanks again for your insights!
 

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