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Entrepreneur at a Young Age
For those don’t know me, I’m Jack. I’ve been dead set on creating my own path since I started collecting and selling worms from my parents back yard to the corner market at age six.
In middle school, I started a lawn-care service that eventually had 50+ clients and was making more money an hour than I would several years out of college. I spent most of the money restoring an old Chevy pickup which is a beauty but isn’t great at earning compound interest.
Post College: Real World Kicks In – Debt Begins to Grow
After college, I decided that the best route for me was to put my computer science degree to good use so I entered the IT field where I spent an uncomfortable couple of years trying to “fit in.” I bought a newer Honda SUV and started my decent into the dark hole of debt.
During these first few years out of college, I tried to live up to the lifestyle my roommates, who were making twice as much as I was, the credit card debt slowly climbed.
By the time I was 27, I was still living paycheck to paycheck, had $10,000 in credit card debt, not to mention another $15,000 of student loan on my back. I was also growing very unhappy with my career.
Enough Is Enough: Debt Eliminated + $10,000 in Savings
I read The Four Hour Work Week and quit my job two weeks later. I know, not the greatest financial decision! Some how pieced together $1,000 and went to Costa Rica for a month then had to take an 8-5 job and slowly paid off my $10,000 in credit card debt and the $8,000 I owed on my car.
Next up, I funded an emergency account with $10,000. Financially, I was the most successful I had ever been, but I felt as though my sole was getting sucked from me each day I spent in the cube farm. In 2011, I quit and send goodbye to my steady income.
In 2015, at 34, I found myself in a $HIT TON of debt.
- $40,000 credit card debt
- $40,000 business credit line debt
- $50,000 attorney bills
- $10,000 personal loans
I was paying $800 a month in credit card INTEREST ONLY. The ship was sinking fast!! I was living a very modest life, but there were many months were my income as an entrepreneur was not paying the bills. I also had money tied up in physical inventory in my business that was sitting in a cold warehouse.
It was bleak, so I decided to write about it. Don’t worry. I promise this story has a happy ending.
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