From Debt To Freedom...
Just a few years ago, Jesse Lear was living in his parents basement in rural Ohio when he bounced a check to his friend Jake. It was one of his most embarrassing moments; an event that seemed, at the time, to be a sure sign that he was failing in life.
But what looks and feel like failure in the moment can sometimes be the blessing that changes everything for the better. More than $60,000 in debt and without a job, Jesse did the only thing I knew to do at the time: he moved to a bigger city and took a job selling cable door-to-door.
Before long, he convinced his college buddy Travis to do the same. They moved into a luxury apartment community and became roommates.
That’s when they noticed that, in Midwest apartment communities, recycling and taking out the trash was extremely inconvenient… an observation that, for both Jesse and Travis, would turn out to be life-changing.
If it wasn’t for their early failures, the pair of 23-year-olds never would have stumbled onto the idea to start V.I.P. Waste Services, a company that partners with apartment communities to provide doorstep trash/recycling pickup for their residents as a luxury amenity.
According to Jesse, they started with nothing, had no idea what we were doing, and made every mistake in the book. But they learned. And they didn’t quit.
Working together, Jesse and Travis built their startup from $0-$1Million and beyond over the next 5 years, earning a long string of awards and mentions in popular media including Time, Inc., Fortune, Success, Entrepreneur, and more.
The freedom they experience today is a great example of what is possible through entrepreneurship.
While Jesse still works long hours, there’s a huge difference. Today, it’s by CHOICE. Now, he has OPTIONS. And, for many of us, that’s what freedom is all about.
While Jesse still loves being an entrepreneur, he loves teaching entrepreneurship even more. That’s why we are so excited that you are here right now, on his website. Keep reading, and don’t forget to check out his courses. If you want to contact Jesse with a question or request, you can send him a message here.