I think everyone has that one person who inspired them to get into business. Mine is @kimoraleesimmons.
When I was younger I was obsessed with the whole culture of hip hop. Mostly its links to entrepreneurship and the attitude of success. Kimora was the first strong, ballsy female business owner I was ever aware of. She had a dope product line, a family, supportive husband and most importantly she didn’t take any shit from anyone. So let’s go back to 2004 and my first foray into being an entrepreneur. I could see in the UK that everyone was getting into New Era fitted caps but they weren’t that readily available here yet. I took the money I had from working at JD sports and invested in a bulk buy of 200 caps from the states. I sold these off online and to friends etc and made a tidy profit. With that profit I invested in my first Apple Mac computer. It was one of those old ones with the transparent coloured back. I bought an old copy of Cubase and started teaching myself how to make beats. I took what I made on that computer to the interview for my music college application and got in. I then used the music I made there and uploaded it to MySpace, landed myself a manager and a publishing deal and got my first advance of 20k. Now in hindsight part of me thinks I should have used that to get on the property ladder but what I did instead was invest in a bunch of studio equipment so I could keep making my own tracks. I must have saved myself thousands in studio fees, plus I could engineer for people and charge them to record at my home made studio. The music I made took me on to do shows around the world. I started my own label and kept reinvesting all the money (not very much haha) into my music career. I was pretty successful but got burnt out and bitter. I quit and started another business and then another using all the marketing techniques and work ethic I’d learnt from music. There’s no one thing that makes you an entrepreneur, it’s just one little hustle after another. Don’t underestimate the experiences and what these things teach you as you go. Everyone thinks everything is an overnight success but each of those little steps got me to here, 15 years later.