I wanted to take this time to fill you in on some my recent business developments. As many of you know, I am working on several ventures with my business partners, Josh and Matt. I made it clear a few months ago that I want my businesses to be case studies. Additionally, a huge part of blogging objective is to provide an inside perspective into the world of young entrepreneurs attempting to make their mark in the business world.
Our current business ventures include:
- infinFX: our web development and hosting operation
- Scottsdale IT: the database & network configuration operation
- The Scottsdale Review: online local business journal (featuring reviews of restaurants, shopping and night life)
We are also working with a local startup developing several hundred web sites for Chinese domains. That is who I am developing the 500 websites this month for. I will be talking more about that a little later.
A few months ago I told you about the benefits of offline business development and one of our new ventures, The Scottsdale Review, which is going to be an online journal for our local town of Scottsdale, Arizona. My plan was to use The Scottsdale Review as a case-study of a business from conception to reality.
Our plan was to hire journalism students from Arizona State University. They would be able to write for us and receive school credit. In turn, we would have quality writers at no expense to us. Unfortunately, we have had quite a few setbacks over the past few months trying to get this business off the ground. The main setback is that the director of the journalism school has failed to return our phone calls despite numerous attempts at making further contact.
Getting in touch with the journalism director is obviously a key component at getting this business started – we are not in the position to be investing a lot of money into it, so we were counting on the students to supply us with original and interesting content for the journal.
We have even gone so far as to contact multiple people from the journalism school and no one has called us back. It has been very frustrating, to say the least. In this situation, facing so many setbacks, many people would just as well give up and decide, “it wasn’t meant to be.” That being said, we have big plans for The Scottsdale Review and are unwilling to throw in the towel.
Despite being very busy with other ventures, we are still trying to contact the right person to get the confirmation that we are good to go. These kind of frustrating situations must be confronted with determination. Every potential setback is another opportunity to become more persistent and see this through. We are more motivated than ever to make this work and we will not let anything stand in the way of this venture materializing.
If you would like to read more about our plans for The Scottsdale Review, you can do so here. I will definitely be updating you with our progress here soon. The moral of the story: never let anything stand in the way of your dreams. Never give up, under any circumstances.