From 0 to $10k Per Month In 10 Months...And Still Growing! - Tucker Ferwerda
Tucker, tell us about what you do and why you do it.
I build businesses with digital marketing.
Why I do it?
I've been playing the game for about 5 years now and I've tried everything under the sun. Growing up I always had the entrepreneurial spirit, and my thoughts on it are because we struggled as a family growing up and that's what drove me. I used to work as a warehouse junky and knew I didn't want to do that for the rest of my life. I didn't want to get paid for my brawn, but more for my brain.
I was working at Frito-lay in the back of a 53' truck loading boxes of Cheetos and Frito's while listening to my iPod. I was listening to business podcasts trying to learn as much as I could to improve myself. As I was listening with one ear to the speakers talking, and one ear listening to the boxes coming down the conveyor belt, I heard something that changed my life... I was listening to people who were not only making six-figures a year, but six-figures A MONTH. My life has never been the same and it's been my absolute obsession to hit my goals. I've tried everything. Affiliate marketing, web design, ecommerce, Amazon FBA, but I always comes back to service oriented work and growing companies with digital marketing.
It's a real privilege for sure. I've been hired and featured by millionaires and multi-million dollar companies to grow their business, I've interviewed people like Neil Patel, I've had the chance to be asked to speak at marketing events and host my own events, and we have taught over 3100 students. It's been an incredible ride and my wife and I are very grateful. It hasn't been easy. Starting off our marriage, I left the warehouse and got a marketing position. We quickly grew and I was promoted to open a sales office out in Minnesota. Long story short, we both got in car accidents within two weeks of each other, making both our cars unusable. We had to get a Budget truck and tow my car behind it. In fact we were so broke at that time, we couldn't afford a hotel. We slept in the back of the truck on our mattress and had to pay for gas with saved up coins. We were blessed to be able to stay with Kara's parents to rebuild. Since then, I've been working on my craft every second I had.
Why did you become an entrepreneur?
I want to have options. Unlimited options. I want to be able to do anything I want, whenever I want and the freedom to do it on my own terms. I want to be able to see a price tag and not even flinch at it. I want to be able to help more people at a mass scale. I want to be able to help improve the lives of others to help them reach their next level. I know I only have so much time on this earth and it's this thought that drives me.
Can you pick out a singular moment on your entrepreneurial journey when you thought you would fail? How did you overcome this?
I honestly would say that fear has always been there and increases and decreases depending on the current situation. It's a natural thought that comes up and I was scared to lose. But I stay as active as I can by doing things that keep me scaling and that's what helps me the most. It was during the time when I was still going to college that i was the most fearful. I was fearful of removing myself from college and from that soft cushion and waiting to hear from my peers that I would fail. But I did it and it was one of the best things I've done.
Was there a moment when you realized that your service or product was going to take off? Tell us about it.
When I hit my first $10,000 month. That's when I knew in hindsight that I was on to something. I always knew I was on to something, but since then it's been even stronger. Look at the way the market shifts and what happens with the trends and you'll see that business is completely different today than it was 50 years ago. It's important to stay up to date on cutting edge information and adapt as needed.
What is your main source of inspiration when things are going poorly? How does this inspire you?
I go to Facebook, groups, or websites of people I know who are doing exactly what I want to do and remember what I want to do. I then start cranking away and little things to get momentum. By this time I've done so much I have to take a break at least once every hour lol.
What are your top 3 pieces of advice for new entrepreneurs?
1. Focus on a marketing skill set: If you're looking to get into the digital space, now is the time. Focus on ONE marketing skill set. This is a skill set that businesses need done. Whether it's Facebook ads (my forte), writing sales copy, email marketing, etc. Pick it and stick it. Learn it and become a master at it. Then go help businesses for free until you get results. Then start charging, then scale.
2. Focus on getting results: Focus on getting specific results in a specific amount of time. For example, I got X amount of X in X amount of days by spending X to make them X. If you can do this over a long period of time, people will come to you. Get as many written and recorded testimonials as you can and create case studies that you can give to potential clients.
3. Stay patient: At the end of the day, we're all on the same path. Be patient with others and patient with yourself. Have fun on the journey and put your head down. You'll do just fine if you apply all of these.
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