fbpx
Connect with us

Business

Screw The Side Hustle with Kevin Mills

What’s your backstory? 

Did you ever have an origami folding kick as a kid? I did. At the age of 7, I learned how to make little paper baskets from a book. But as you can guess, I had no need for 100 paper baskets.. What I did NEED was a new toy. Consequently, I loaded all of my paper baskets into a bag and headed to the largest marketplace I knew of at the time. The church my dad pastored! I went up and down the aisles selling them at 50 cents a pop. I was making money hand over fist! That is, until my dad found out!

The older I got, the more I realized the value of building my own companies. It was much easier to get the cash I wanted by building out a product or service that people wanted/needed than it was working 40 hours a week at minimum wage. At the age of 16, my biggest success so far was a landscaping company that my cousin and I built. We consistently reinvested our earnings into the company and new equipment. We were actually doing pretty good! There was just one problem. Landscaping is hot and hard work! 

I landed my first gig in sales at 16. I went business to business selling advertisement for a start-up weather company. I’ll be honest. I sucked at first. But, I kept at it and kept perfecting the craft. At 18, I went on tour across the country delivering motivational speeches at schools.

At 19, I had lived quite a life.. Travelled the country, worked in five different industries, and helped start three different companies. I was primed and ready for the next adventure. On my way back to my house from my honeymoon, I stopped by my brother’s house to drop off a gag gift I had picked up for him at the beach. After talking for a few minutes, there was a knock at the door. A door-to-door vacuum salesman wanted to show them his system. For some reason, I decided to stay and check it out. Next thing I knew, I had bought a $3,000 vacuum and quit my very comfortable job in the industrial electrical industry in order to pursue “Door to door fame”. Over the next 18 months, my wife and I grew our team to the largest in our area at the time, over seven figures in sales, and #1 Recruiter in the nation. I then decided to change things up and dive into the mortgage industry for a change in scenery. I also decided to start my podcast “ Screw the Side Hustle” to share my journey and the journey of other successful entrepreneurs with the world.

What made you decide to choose this career path? 

At some point, I just had a lightbulb moment and realized that I had gotten to the point where I needed to make the decision of whether or not I wanted to be in the vacuum business for the next ten years. The answer was I didn’t. So, I packed up my family in our SUV and drove across the country where my wife and I secured our MLO (Mortgage) licenses. We knew we wanted to be involved in the real estate world, but wanted to be in an environment that we could exercise our sales muscles and maintain a 30-45 day sales cycle instead of the much longer cycle you often see on the realtor side. I also knew that I wanted to begin building an empire and a community. That’s when I made the choice to begin building out “SCREW THE SIDE HUSTLE” . I knew I wanted to knock it out of the park, so I followed one of my favorite quotes. “Only take advice from someone you would trade places with”. I decided to make a very hefty investment for a day in Vegas with Travis Chappell, host of Build Your Network (Top 25 Business Podcast). As they say, the rest is history.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

When I first started in the door-to-door industry is when I really started honing in on my sales skills. I had only been in the business for a couple of months and I decided to take one of my team members out door knocking to “show him how its done” . I hopped out of my truck full of ego and glee, ran up to the door and started knocking. Within a few brief seconds I was met at the door with a shotgun and a very pissed off person holding it. Needless to say, I tucked my tail and ran back to safety all while checking to make sure my underwear was still clean, ha! Moral of the story, no matter how good you are at what you do always be prepared for the unexpected!

What do you think makes your company/personal brand stand out? 

Screw the side hustle is a pretty controversial statement. I think that the only way to really get the success you are looking for is to dive “all in” on your venture. So many people want to “play it safe” ,but they will never see the results they want by doing that. One thing I’m not afraid to do is be controversial. I don’t ever create things simply to cause division and piss people off , but one thing I will always do is stay true to myself, my values, and my ideas.

What’s a quote that you live by? 

“Not no, but how” So many people stop when they hear no. No means nothing to me. As soon as I hear the word no, gears start turning to figure out how to make it happen.

Kevin Mills

Nathan Ray Ortega is the founder of influencer podcasts. Nathan helps those share their great story, by helping entrepreneurs, authors, influencers, millionaires and many more get on podcasts and tv shows around the world, his passion is to help share the stories of the few to impact the lives of the many. Nathan had to overcome many obstacles during his journey, from having 16 different jobs at age 20 to being homeless and sleeping in a car with his pregnant girlfriend, and even changing in public bathrooms for 2 months, but during that time Nathan stayed motivated and listened to many powerful stories that changed his life for the better. Nathan thanks the power of podcasting for motivating him to push further with every episode of entrepreneurship. ''Life is never a straight road, we have to face unknown obstacles, many emotional experiences, and life-changing habits, to get to where we need to be.'' - Nathan Ray Ortega

Join Disrupt Magazine

defi
Become A Disrupt Contributor

Most Disruptive

Real Estate Disruptors1 day ago

From Nothing To The Top 7% Percent In Real Estate With Joe And Lety Torres

What’s your backstory?    (Lety) We both have parents who immigrated to the US from Mexico. We were fortunate to...

Social Media1 week ago

Khaby Lame Becomes The Most Followed TikToker in The World

Khabane Lame was a machine operator but now trending and just became a star from an account he created on...

Tiger_Shroff Tiger_Shroff
Entertainment1 week ago

Meet Bollywood Star Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff has a long history in the film industry, starting before his birth. With prominent parents in the industry...

Amanda Bernardo Amanda Bernardo
Women Who Disrupt1 week ago

Meet “The Pizza Princess” Amanda Bernardo

If you live in or near New Haven, Connecticut, you may be familiar with the hidden gem that is “New...

Shirley_Setia Shirley_Setia
Women Who Disrupt1 week ago

Meet Upcoming Bollywood Star Shirley Setia

Shirley Setia is the little Kiwi that could. Coming out of seemingly nowhere with a hit cover on YouTube, she...

two people shaking hands two people shaking hands
Diversity in Tech2 weeks ago

How the Best Leaders Create and Build Trust in a Modern Workplace

Being a leader in any setting can be challenging but within professional settings, you really are juggling a lot at...

Jay Majors Jay Majors
Executive Voice3 weeks ago

How Jay Majors Is Disrupting The Barber Industry

When we see a successful figure in any industry, learning their story, where they came from, and how they’ve struggled...

Daymond JOhn Daymond JOhn
Executive Voice3 weeks ago

Daymond John Can’t be Stopped

Perhaps you know Daymond John from the wildly popular show Shark Tank. Or maybe you’re familiar with his revolutionary clothing...

Finance3 weeks ago

Ryan Carroll Establishes Wealth Assistants to Serve as a Launching Pad for Hopefuls Worldwide

Countless highly accomplished personalities and established authorities have proven that the pursuit of one’s passion can be a way to...

Business4 weeks ago

Social Media Star, TheBlondeJon’s Journey from Homelessness to Multimillionaire Status

A strong self-belief in oneself is a powerful enabler no matter the obstacles or challenges one faces on a journey....

Trending

Copyright © 2020 Disrupt ™ Magazine - Disrupt is a Minority Owned Privately Held Company

Disrupt ™ is the voice of Latino entrepreneurs around the world. We are part of a global movement to increase diversity in the technology industry and we are focused on using entrepreneurship to grow new economies in underserved communities around the world. We enable millennials to become what they want to become in life by learning new skills and leveraging the power of the digital economy. We are living proof that all you need to succeed in this new economy is a landing page and a dream. Disrupt tells the stories of the world top entrepreneurs, developers, creators, and digital marketers and help empower them to teach others the skills they used to grow their careers, chase their passions and create financial freedom for themselves, their families, and their lives, all while living out their true purpose. We recognize the fact that most young people are opting to skip college in exchange for entrepreneurship and real-life experience. This Podcast was designed to give them a taste of that.