Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Andy Magri, Filmmaker and Creator of ProjectGO.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We provide online training, product reviews, and video editing tools for video-makers, specifically in the action camera sector. Our blog and YouTube channel attract thousands of video-making enthusiasts every day who learn how to make better videos of their life and adventures.
Tell us about yourself
My entrepreneurial journey began when I was only 15, by selling guides on eBay to make a buck. From that experience, I learned that it was possible to work and earn online, and I could do it from anywhere I was. At the time, I lived in Italy with my family. Ten years later, after completing my Engineering studies in the UK, I ended up working in an engineering company. I was all day in a dark office solving problems. I knew that I was in the wrong place and something sparked inside of me.
It was an unexpressed desire for freedom and location independence. Photography and videography were my hobbies at the time. I could express myself through this kind of art. Videography slowly became a side job. So I took the risk and quit my "stable" engineering job to pursue my passion for videography and travel. It was the best decision I had made in my life.
Traveling around the world enabled me to get out of my comfort zone and gave me a chance to meet incredible humans. During my journey, I was fortunate to meet and collaborate with entrepreneurs and content creators. That gave me the motivation to start sharing my video knowledge with the world of the internet through my blog and YouTube channel. Then it developed into a fully remote business which still occupies most of my time today.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
To be able to run a location-independent business with a team located in various parts of the world.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
It's hard to identify the hardest thing. When running a business, everything can seem hard at first. In fact, most people burn out because they can't take their heads off from work. Your head spins all the time, even when it's not supposed to. So I think that the most challenging thing for me is trying not to mix business with personal life, which I still struggle to separate.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Action leads to success, not ideas. So start right now. DO IT.
- Be patient and constant, and don't give up. Most likely, you won't see big results in the first few months/years. That's where you need to have faith and believe in yourself.
- Your mindset is what drives everything you do. If you are not achieving the results you want, it's because you have a misaligned mindset. So try to isolate yourself from the crowd. Work on your mindset. Take action.
Where can people find you and your business?
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