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Starting a Business During an unstable Economy

Starting a business during an unstable economy, a SHTF situation, is the best way to survive an economic shift in the world. Since the beginning of the pandemic, entrepreneurship has never been more important than now.

With so many businesses closing down and many more scrambling to adapt to the “new normal” during this Covid era, it has put an enormous strain on the world’s economy.

This month, I’m starting a new series where I’ll be documenting the relaunch of my company. From setting up the LLC to business development and getting paid. This series will be an inside viewpoint of what it takes to start a business on a modest income and with a barebones idea.

I’ve owned several businesses before. A c-corp plumbing company, a sole proprietorship cleaning company, and few gig-styled enterprises. This new venture (well, Mike Berrios Media has been one of my gigs since 2010) is an LLC.

My experience with my plumbing construction company taught me many valuable lessons that I’m still dealing with today. I’ll go over those down the line.

After the collapse of 2008, I wasn’t too active as an entrepreneur.

I did do the self-employed “gig thing” way before it became a trend. I was a plumbing consultant, a real estate consultant, and a marketing associate for several companies.

Now I did all that with some level success and it helped to put food on the table. But I still felt unfulfilled. It wasn’t my dream business.

After having a company with a workforce that required weekly payroll and all the idiosyncratic nuances that came with it, I definitely didn’t want to go through that again. Enter the home-based business model.

I joined a few network marketing companies with very little success but I learned a great deal. Let me tell you something about failures. They are your greatest teachers.

In fact, I encourage everyone to just go out there and fail as many times as you can. Start a project or a business (small and manageable, of course) in what ever hobby or interest you may have.

Go and make all the mistakes and document the whole process. I use a journal in collaboration with my notes app on my iPhone. I journal all the highlights and the screw-ups that I had that day or week.

Trust me when I tell you that when you fail, it will be painful, but you’ll learn valuable lessons that otherwise you’d have to pay a mentor for.

That leads me to my next advise. Find mentors. I struggled with that then and I still struggle with it now. It can cost you money or time but it is highly beneficial for you to seek out a mentor in your niche.

You can begin launching a new business without a mentor and go out there and fail or find a mentor to cut down the learning curve. Either way you’re going to pay. I just hope you learn something.

Next thing is become a legal enterprise. That means create a legal entity or corporation. I used LegalZoom to establish my S-Corp. I’m not a attorney or accountant so do your own due diligence as to the best type of business structure. Remember, we’re doing things legal.

Using LegalZoom was easy and affordable. Their process was relatively quick and very informative.

Back to the attorney and CPA/accountant. It may seem like a costly expense but it’s money well spent to help you avoid trouble in the long run. But you have to hire the right people for the right job.

In other words, if you need legal assistance for anything business related or after you launch your business, hire an attorney who specializes in what ever business niche that you’re in.

Accounting stuff, make sure that you’re dealing with a CPA that’s knowledgeable of the type of industry that you’re in.

Finally, let’s talk about why you’d want to start a business in the first place.

Starting a business can help you generate more income. Save on taxes. And potentially build wealth. And an extra caveat, help you leave a mark in the world.

Becoming an entrepreneur like an Elon Musk, Russell Brunson or a Tony Robbins will allow you to not only help you and your family; but to also help others. You can become a philanthropist or your product/service could help an underserved part of the world.

What I’m saying is don’t just start a business only to make money. (I know, it’s hard for me say it too) Start a business for a “purpose” and a “why”, that will allow you to “give” to the world or whoever you want to help. By taking this approach it will motivate you get your business started and running right from the very beginning.

Look for the continuation of this series in the coming days and weeks ahead as I document my journey.

If you’re looking for business to start, I recommend affiliate marketing. This is what I’m doing now.

I Just Finished the OFA Challenge and I’m Pissed!

Disclaimer: I'm an affiliate marketer and I will be compensated if you click on a link and purchase anything, anywhere on my site. You've been warned. Ok Let's go. ;) 

Today, I completed the OFA Challenge aka The One Funnel Away 30 Day Challenge and I’m pissed!

I’m pissed off because 30 days just wasn’t enough. I mean I did get to build my funnel (it wasn’t my first but it was a better one than what I had before the challenge) and I learned so much more about the who, what, why and how.

If you’re curious about the OFA Challenge or if you’ve been invited to take the challenge but you want to do your due diligence, I’m going to break down my experience and share my thoughts with you about the program.

An ad for the OFA CHallenge

The program, which is promoted by Russell Brunson and the Clickfunnels team will coach you to creating your first sales funnel that you can use to sell your product or service. If you don’t have a business or aren’t selling anything just yet, that’s ok, cause you can actually be an affiliate for Clickfunnels.

The initial cost for the challenge is $100. When you think about, an investment of $100 for a 30 day training of any sort is considerably low risk. There was coaches available at designated days and hours for assistance with technical stuff. Every day there’s a lesson and an assignment.

So if this was a free program I believe not too many people would’ve stuck around to the very end. By paying the 100 bucks it essentially made you feel like you had a little skin in the game.

I will say that there’s a ton of information and a lot to do within a 30 day period.

While I do have my business, I still work my day job (actually I work midnights) and I’m a full time husband and father. So taking on the OFA Challenge was exactly that… a challenge. Just make sure you can set aside at least 2-3 hours a day. Wake up earlier for about an hour and go to bed later for an hour or two.

Remember if you’re looking to get out of the rat race or you want to start a business, you’re going to have to make some investments and make a number of sacrifices. But take from me, it’s well worth it.

Now I’m not gonna get into all the details because if you’re ready to take the plunge and all you wanted was that little push from someone who took the program. Then I highly suggest that you go take the challenge.

What I will share is that after all the lessons learned and all the assignments, I have a better understanding and a clearer vision of what internet marketing and funnels are capable of doing for any business. All it takes is the desire to make an impact in the world, the right vehicle (funnels) and the right mentoring.

The final ingredient to your success is to have a belief that it will work and to take constant, consistent action.

If you have an idea, a business or a service that you want to bring to the world, I can help you make it happen.

Send me an email to info@mikeberriosmedia.com or go here for more about using funnels to build your business.

I just ordered my copy of “Expert Secrets” 😀

…and I can’t wait for it to ship!

I just put in my order for a FREE copy of Russell Brunson’s newly-revised book, “Expert Secrets!

I’m so excited to get it!

Russell actually paid for the book himself, so it’s FREE! (All I had to do was cover the shipping, which is awesome!)

Here’s the link where I got mine for free:

Claim Your FREE Copy of Expert Secrets 

It feels like the #funnelhacker world has been patiently waiting for FOREVER while Russell re-wrote a HUGE portion of this book…

And now it’s finally available for order, and I’m freaking out!

It’s going to feel like a whole new book!

Inside the book, Russell shares his secrets on the art of finding your voice, and creating a message that will connect with your audience, so you can convert more visitors into buyers, and help the people you’re called to serve…

These are the same scripts and strategies that Russell uses (and that I use) inside each of his funnels and presentations…

You can grab your free copy here…

Claim Your FREE Copy of Expert Secrets 

Remember, the book is FREE + a small shipping fee.

I can’t wait for you to enjoy it!

Mike Berrios

P.S. Also, if you’re the type to LISTEN to books, you can grab the Expert Secrets audiobook as an add-on option. That way, you won’t have to wait for the book to ship. You can download and listen to it immediately! 

Claim Your FREE Copy of Expert Secrets

P.P.S. PLUS, I wanted to share something amazing

[Update] One Funnel Away Challenge LIVE

how was your week?

Hey, real quick. My friend Russell Brunson is
having a live One Funnel Away Challenge.

I did the OFA Challenge. It was great. But it wasn’t live!

You have a chance to attend the event… LIVE.

Hurry and grab your ticket before they’re gone.

I posted about it on my Facebook page

Right here —> https://www.facebook.com/258579170912376/posts/3016481005122165/?d=n

If you’re ever interested in starting an online business, then the OFA Challenge would be the right place to start.

You’ll thank me later.

Have a great weekend

I’ll check you next week.

see you at the top

Mike

P.S. check my post on my FB page. (Yeah I’m a real person just like you.)

[Update] Latest stuff on our Food forest, upcoming plans and rehoming a good dog.

Growing a food forest has been challenging but at the same time very rewarding. From ordering quality seeds to harvesting our crops

it has been an awesome experience, not only to work out there, but to see the investments we’re making bear fruit (no pun intended.)

In my latest post I go over the plans of what’s in store for the food forest project and I ask you, my friends, to help me find a new home for a pet…

[Update] Side Hustle Project

2020 has been the year to forget. With the pandemic and all the other craziness in the world it has become more imperative to take control of my life. I’ve been grinding hard to realize my main goal of freedom.

From growing my own food, to growing my businesses, and building my wealth using investments in crypto, real estate and other alternative assets. Along with all the challenges that the pandemic has presented, opportunities have also been created. It’s up to you to see how you come out of all this.

I posted a new video about what I’m doing to be able to retire from my 9-5 sooner than I expected.

Check it out 👇

Stand Strong

Stand Apart

Hustle Hard Mike

P.S. If you want to shortcut the video and see what I’m doing to be able to retire sooner than I expected then go HERE.

2020 Food Forest

This year we had a better harvest. And an even better experience overall. I’ve planted new veggies and even put in a new raised bed.

“The best time to start a Garden was 20 years ago. The next best time is TODAY.”

Urban Gardeners Republic

2020’s Ups, Downs, And Sideways!

OMG! What a year it’s been! If you’re anywhere in the world you may have had the same type of year as we’ve had in CT. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed just about everything. Kids attending school virtually, people working from home, families using Zoom to do baby showers. Unfortunately, there have been an unimaginable amount of people that have died from the virus. And the many who have fallen ill from COVID are struggling to recuperate physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. It has been a unprecedented time for everyone.

For me and the family we’ve had our fair share of “trying times”. But at the same time we’ve been able to adapt to our “new normal”. My kids have been doing their best to deal with online school. My wife has recently joined the workforce and I’ve taken advantage of some opportunities that this pandemic has created.

Despite all the adversities, challenges, and uncertainties I’ve learned that being a prepper isn’t only for the conspiracy theorists. 😳

Who knew that toilet paper and lysol would be scarce?

With all the craziness, I’m still confident that we will all come out of this with a better appreciation for life.

2020 is almost done (thank God!) but the residuals from the events of this year will be lasting well into the next couple of years.

What have you learned from 2020? What will you do differently for the upcoming year?

Year End Review & Update

2019 is coming to an end in less than week. It was a tough and challenging year for me and the family. But we’re doing good and very excited about the new upcoming year. I pray that you’ve had a good year and that your 2020 is full of opportunities and good health.

I wanna share with you some of what has happened on all things Berrios

Starting with my Food Forest project

We grew various tomatoes and cucumbers. I planted carrots and lots of sweet peas and green beans
Check out those potatoes, nothing beats all organic and homegrown

I followed James Prigioni’s The Gardening Channel on YouTube and did all my planting using my own composting and using wood chips as a mulch. It all worked wonderfully. The soil was covered for about a year and it was pretty fertile. I’m eager to see how much more fertile the soil will be after the winter.

Japanese Eggplant
Spinach, Arugula and Goji Berries!

I pruned my maple tree that’s located in the middle of the yard. So now I have more sunlight for the Food Forest.

I planted a few apple trees, a cherry tree, a couple hazelnut trees, two pear trees, an almond tree and peach tree. I’ll add pics and a video soon.

My mom helping out

I’m planning on planting a few more trees this coming spring and I’ll be ordering a number of new seeds that I’d like plant.

All in all it was a good second season. I’m looking forward to new things to try and more fruits and vegetables to grow and eat.

Berrios Food Forest- Early Spring Update

Whoever said that gardening was easy and enjoyable was only half right!!!

It is enjoyable but it ain’t easy.

I’m having a great time building the Food Forest and I want to share a little update of what we’ve done so far.

check it out! 👇

Don’t laugh cause I’m not familiar with all names of the plants!!!