I am going to give it to you straight, and I’m not going to waste your time.
Business success is hard, and there’s a lot of BS advice out there. (*I’ll get to that at the end.) That’s why I’m so passionate about helping: because I’ve been there, done that. I’m still in the game today, and my stuff works!
Look, my dad left when I was 14, and and my mom went back to college to get her Masters degree, then her PhD, with us 3 kids in tow. The family went on public assistance as I was starting 10th grade – age 15. I stood in the back of the lunch line with the other poor kids at my school. I hated it.
So, I took control.
The first job I ever had, I lied about my age so they’d hire me to bus tables. I just wanted to make some money. I knew I had to. Soon after, I’d become the cook, then the waiter, and then was driving around my first car – an old, $200 dark red Chevy.
After I graduated high school and did one crappy, directionless year in college, I joined the NAVY, served my 4 years, got out, and settled in San Diego. One evening, as I was walking down the steps at the community college where I was putting myself through school, I had an epiphany: nobody in this world was going to do anything for Rick Day but Rick Day. I had no safety net, no fallback position, nobody to advise me, and nobody to help get me a job. I was completely on my own.
But I didn’t feel defeated, I felt empowered.
The scariest moment in my entrepreneurial career came when I founded my tiny auto-detailing company to pay my own way through college: a business I operated for several successful years and ultimately sold to another student.
I built the company to over $26 million in revenue with 60 people, re-engineered it, rebuilt it, and ultimately sold it in 2009 for nearly $10 million.
In 1992, I founded a little telecom parts business called Daycom Systems. I started alone in a rented back room of a landscaping firm, buying, selling, packing my own boxes, and doing my own invoices. I built the company to over $26 million in revenue with 60 people, re-engineered it, rebuilt it, and ultimately sold it in 2009 for nearly $10 million.
Over that 17 years, I made millions, and got my ass kicked more than a few times. I’ve been sued, I’ve downsized and laid off people, hired and fired, been cussed at, had stuff thrown at me, got discouraged, been told my business wouldn’t succeed, and been ripped off by people I trusted. I’ve made tough decisions and painful mistakes that cost me a lot of money and some friendships. Hell, there were times I wanted to quit my own business and knew I couldn’t!
But I persevered, learned SO MUCH, and am building more today. Because I love to build businesses. It’s what I do and I am good… no… excellent… at it.
After selling Daycom, I served as a business mentor at a local entrepreneurs organization. Today, I am a partner in a yacht dealership and a salon suites franchise, a consultant to several companies, a limited partner in a local VC fund, own a California-licensed financing company, and am on several advisory boards.
Through my work with early stage companies and entrepreneurs, I noticed that many were struggling with similar issues. They had established their businesses, but were cash-strapped, time-trapped, stressed-out, and their companies were just not performing as they had hoped. I knew I could help them.
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Why I started Business by Day
My old, $200 dark red Chevrolet is now a blazing red car from Maranello. My Navy – a forty-foot sailboat and a flotilla of water toys. I have financial and time freedom to spend time with family and friends, travel the planet over, keep my myself healthy, and really LIVE. I am a lucky guy. But I worked for it.
Through it all, my love is the same. I build businesses. I take inventory of the things in my life and I make something worthwhile of it – something I am proud to share with others. And I make room in my schedule to coach those who are hungry, courageous, ambitious, and who are willing to invest in themselves and their business.
My advice is down to earth, plainly spoken, and time-proven. It just straight-up works. Business success isn’t easy and it’s not overnight. But if your solutions are for real, you’re willing to work hard, and you know how important having a great coach is, shoot me a message and let’s see if we can work together.
*The BS advice part: I look around online today, and see business coaches who’ve never built and sold their own business. For many of them, their first business success is their coaching business! How are they going to teach you the REAL stuff? I see podcasters making money teaching people to podcast. Webinar experts charging big $ to teach people to make webinars. YouTube ad people selling courses on how to make YouTube ads. It’s great marketing, but how do YOU make money?
What are you going to do when you need some down-to-earth, REAL, advice on how to scale your business to the next level? To $1 million? To $20 million?