Goodbye Corporate America. I Resign.Submitted by RobHino on Wed, 04/03/2013 - 20:56
After nearly 6 years, I resigned from my awesome marketing manager corporate job to pursue my entrepreneurial dreams. I will give more details as things develop, but Friday April 5th will by last day of employment...forever.
That is not to say I will not be working, as I plan to work for the rest of my life...rather, I don't intend on getting another job if I can help it.
The difference being, a job is something you do specifically for pay in a national currency. Work is something you do because you're passionate about it, and it makes you feel happy doing it.
I started my first business around 2002. It was called Modern Metal Studio where I sold modern metal wall sculptures on Ebay to help supplement my income during college. Then I started a small grass-cutting business called Student Lawn Services and had about 12-15 clients in my grandma's neighborhood. My next business was fairly successful, and also helped me through college. It was called Well Hung Drapery & Hardware! :D Pun intended! Hah! I did all the drapery installations for Restoration Hardware and some for Pottery Barn in the Quarry Market in San Antonio, TX.
I'd even go into JC Penny sometimes pretending I was looking for drapery for a client just to try to pick up more business. It worked several times! After that I did some web design work. I did the UTSA's Career Services website during my last semester there, and did few crude HTML sites for a few clients.
In June of 2007, after submitting one job application, I got hired on in Corporate America as an inside sales rep right after I graduated from UTSA with an art degree in graphic design and computer imaging. They were grooming me to take over the Marketing Department as the current guy was on his way toward retirement. More on that in a bit.
It was way easier to just show up, sit behind a desk in a cubical, and take orders from other people. The check came every Friday like clockwork, and I became complacent.
I stopped having the creative drive to start businesses. I stopped going above and beyond in my personal life, and I focused on advancing my career like a good, obedient, day laborer does. I worked my way up all the way to the top in only a few months, and eventually took over for someone who had become my good friend and mentor. He was the Vice President of Marketing at the time. Once I climbed the corporate ladder as high as I could, I realized, there was no higher I could go, and my work started suffering.
I became miserable, and I started hating my job...hating waking up in the morning...hating getting out of bed...and hating showing up to a job that I actually thoroughly enjoyed. I mean, I managed a complete in-house marketing/advertising agency for a pretty big, nationwide, family-owned corporation. I got to play on Photoshop and InDesign all day, photograph buildings, design catalogs and brochures, launch new products, and travel the country exhibiting at industry trade shows. How could I be miserable?
I did this for another couple years....and it ate me up inside that I wasn't getting any closer to my dreams.
On a whim in August of 2012, after tossing the idea around for about 2 years, I started a small e-commerce business with $26, Photoshop, and WordPress. www.RevolutionCarBadges.com is where I sell chrome, political car emblems.
I had to convince total online strangers at the Daily Paul and Ron Paul Forums to buy a product from me that didn't even exist at the time. I had come up with a plan to try to pre-sell these car badges, and IF I managed to pre-sell 133 units, I would have enough money to actually manufacture the product. If I didn't pre-sell enough, I would return everyone's money. Keep in mind the failed Ron Paul Action Figure project which made the sell even more difficult.
After a couple months of light sales, a random DPer turned great friend, Tyler Groce, contacted me and asked how much money I need to get this project going, and we haven't looked back! When the badges finally arrived, we sold out in less than a week thanks to Tom Woods posting a link to my website on his Facebook page.
We're working on improving our supply chain, expanding our product line and inventory, and will be doing extensive outreach to online groups, websites and retail establishments who may be interested in selling our products, as well as political candidates who are looking for fundraising avenues for their future campaigns. Hint: Stand with Rand car badge coming soon! Don't Tread On Me and Come and Take It badges too! More details below!
The other business I'm starting is called Non-Network Creative, where I will be providing remote marketing services (graphic design, print and website work, internet marketing, consulting) to small businesses and also in the industry of politics. Upon resigning from corporate America almost two weeks ago, I proposed that my employer award me the marketing contract as an independent contractor, working from home, as my own business for a retainer fee. I'm waiting on their decision, which should come by Friday. I hope to have made them an offer they can't refuse. We'll see what happens!
I've been thinking about this for many years, and finally decided to act after listening to this audio series by Napoleon Hill: www.dailypaul.com/278217/i-ask-not-for-divine-providence-or-...
Specifically, it was during the third video titled, Going the Extra Mile @5:06. Be sure to watch the whole series I linked to above! It just may change your life.
At 5:06, Hill basically says, that sometimes people complain to him that they're in a position that prohibits them from going the extra mile, and that he always gave them the same advice: change positions.
Three days later, I resigned from corporate America.
I have shed every ounce of doubt that has kept me back in life, and I intend on reaching my purpose in life:
To develop several successful businesses, and to help others do the same, so that together, we will have the resources, capital, and networks necessary to help make the world a better place for this, and future generations.
Won't you join me on this journey? Let me know your entrepreneurial goals and how I might be able to help you achieve them.
"I ask not for divine providence or more riches, but more wisdom with which to accept and use wisely the riches I received at birth in the form of the power to control and direct my mind to what ever ends I desire." - Napoleon Hill
- Rob Hinojosa
P.S. Thank you. Each of you who trusted in me to do what I said I was going to do. Each of you who believed in this project, and my dream. You gave me the strength and support I needed. You gave me the inspiration. Thank all of you.
P.S.S. If you want to help me out on my journey, I'm not even going to lie or be modest, the Revolution Car Badges are freaking awesome!!! I need to sell through my inventory to raise money for other designs. I will be ordering this Stand With Rand chrome car badge by this Friday once the artwork is approved. I'm purchasing 1000 pieces, and they should arrive in early May 2013. Be the first one to snag one! Let's please not make this a hate Rand thread! I understand he's got some issues, and that he's not his father. I don't agree with him on everything, but I saw an opportunity, and I jumped on it. If you are going to pre-order one now to make sure you don't miss out on the first production run, please make sure to indicate that you heard about it on the Daily Paul so that the DP will receive 10% of sales. There should be a question that pops up asking you where you suggest I donate money to...please select the DP!
I'll set up the Stand With Rand link on the official Revolution Car Badges Daily Paul page on my website, but I just wanted to do a soft launch and also let you folks know what's going on in my life.
Also, I still have some Don't Tread On Me chrome car badges available. Those should be in stock sometime this month! They've been on order for a few weeks already, and I can't wait! They're going to look sick!
P.S.S.S. I'm doing my first event for RCB! A friend and fellow DPer, KMX has organized a big liberty event in near Dallas this Saturday, April 6th. It's called Standing Together For Liberty, and it's completely free with over 15 liberty speakers and even live music! Here's the DP post on the event.
If you can make it out, stop by my booth and say hi! I'll be flying a DTOM flag, and this banner I just ordered! Hope to meet you there!