Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in finance but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Eric McClellan Jr., Founder of Financial Hawks, located in Dallas, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Financial Hawks is a brand that teaches you how to make money in this new digital age. Everyone will not become millionaires or make 6 figures a year, and that's okay. I do believe everyone can make an extra hundred or a thousand dollars each month, pay off debt, and become financially stable. Our customers are individuals who are interested in improving their finances and finding new ways to acquire wealth in their lives.
Tell us about yourself
I initially started my journey back on the gaming side of YouTube right before graduating from college and thought for sure that was going to be one of my main entrepreneurial pursuits. However, getting into a new job post-college and eventually buying my first home two years later, I became really interested in personal finance and ways to make additional income digitally. From there, I started soaking up a ton of knowledge and becoming a lot more financially savvy, and I got to a point where I wanted to share this info with others and help them make extra money in their daily lives. Gaining financial freedom and building a community that I can also share this financial literacy with are 2 of my main daily motivators to get to WORK!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Great question. I'd say one of my biggest accomplishments is that I'm finally able to make income from Financial Hawks now, considering the first year and a half/two years was pretty much me working for free online and building up a community. But, being able to stay consistent for all of this time with no initial payback feels very good now and makes me happy to continue this to see how the fruition in the future.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Time Management! Unlike a regular 9 to 5, where the boss tells you what to do, here you have to make time yourself for creating content, promotion, etc. This is also more taxing with having full-time work alongside running Financial Hawks, which is within my Indigo Media Management business umbrella.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be willing to sacrifice not making a lot of money upfront. Depending on the type of business you're thinking about creating, be prepared that it may not become huge or make a lot of profit at the start. Things change, and people are fickle and ready to latch on to any new trends and drop the old ones in a heartbeat.
- Don't be scared to transition. You may have a great idea or product; however, it may not be working well for you. Instead of beating a dead horse, be willing to transition your message or product, test new ideas, and don't become stagnant. You'd be very surprised how being flexible can get you a better outcome.
- Believe in yourself because outside of some of your family and friends, no one else will initially.
Where can people find you and your business?
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