Back in 2017 I started my on route of self employment when I made my first post on the Nextdoor App offering work around the house in my neighborhood. Like many people my age, I didn't have time for a real job or the willingness to work for minimum wage.
Over the next 2 years I managed to cover all my living expenses by landing customers through small and inexpensive marketing tactics while also attending school.
In March of 2019 I realized that I was losing too many customers due to lack of time, so I started bringing on students from nearby univerisities to help me as well. I have since given several students the oppurtunity to earn more income than they could anywhere else while working around their school schedule.
In August of 2019 I withdrew from Texas State University where I was pursuing a degree in marketing. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but it turned out to be the best decision I have ever made! In my time since dropping out I have learned so much more than I ever did in my 3 years of college. The real world experience I have gained in my time since has been unreal. One week after my withdraw, I started working with a startup in Austin, Modern Artpads which I plan to stick with for years to come.
Sharing my experience with a customer on what I expected to be my last job ended up in a large realization that...
By discontinuing my services I would no longer be giving an exceptional service to customers at an affordable rate. Moving companies charge high minimums and impose lots of fees, I on the other hand charge a flat hourly rate that is inexpensive in comparison.
This wasn't just my gig anymore, but I am the marketer and I am the one who was landing the jobs. Student debt is currently over 1 trillion dollars and I certainly can't get rid of it, but I do have a grand opportunity to help many students avoid it!! I never suffered through the trouble of relying on loans to get by, but I know plenty who were and in fact I was helping some get through it at this time. I just couldn't stand to give up on the guys who I had already built relationships with.
That customer created a driving force inside of me that day that helped me to realize that Hard Working College Students is much bigger than myself and I can't just give up on it because I am not in school.
To this day I still run many of the jobs that we receive even though I am no longer a college student. I always reach out to the students first and try and assign jobs, but it doesn't always work out. Customers need help all the time, but the student network I currently have isn't always available and I refuse to let a customer go when I know that I can give them an exceptional service that defies industry standards.
I am currently in the works of forming an LLC and obtaining insurance for the moving component of this business. I am also in the process of onboarding more students who represent the company well and as always am building a larger customer base. I have big goals for this company and I hope to serve as many customers and students as possible.
Founder, Anthony Messina