We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Contreras and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
There were a couple reasons that motivated me to take the leap into Entrepreneurship. Growing up I saw first hand how society trains us to Trade Time for Money. Most adults I knew growing up were living paycheck to paycheck, making ends meet, would dread going to work everyday and disliked the people that they were forced to work with.
As I was navigating through the educational system and learning about different career paths and earning my undergraduate psychology degree, I reconnected with an old friend from high school and he introduced me to the Idea of Entrepreneurship. He explained how he was helping business owners in the area grow their business through strategic digital marketing.
There were two main factors that intrigued me.
How he was able to make a positive impact by helping struggling small business owners make more money and enhance their livelihood.
How he was able to make his own schedule, work with whomever he chose, have no income cap, and (the best perk of all) travel! He was running his entire business with nothing more than a Laptop, Wifi connection and a phone.
I began working with him and helping small businesses in the area meanwhile I was juggling my full time college class schedule and a full time job. After a few short months I decided to take the leap and start my own Brand.
My goal was to create a Client Centric Brand that strategically helped motivated business owners leverage their online presence and gain more customers. Since traveling is one of my favorite things to do I decided this career model fits my lifestyle best. I am able to run my entire business anywhere in the world. (as long as I have wifi, a laptop and cell phone)
Fast forward to the present day. A.I.M SQUAD “Achieving Internet Marketing” is a remote Client Centric Custom Web Design and Branding Company that helps over 100 business owners a year.
Making the jump from a broke college student and leaving my stable 9-5 job to running a 6 figure Branding and Custom Web design company was not easy. It has definitely been a bumpy road filled with MANY obstacles and setbacks. I chose to take the route of instability and risk starting my own company with no prior experience or business knowledge and turn down the traditional and stable 9-5 life. I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of my time and invest all of my money to make all of this happen. Missing out on social outings, losing friends, and relationships along the way was something that I had to constantly accept and adjust to in the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey.
There are so many moving pieces when you own/operate a company. You quickly learn that you must assume responsibility for EVERYTHING. (the good, the bad, and the ugly) As you start to grow and build your team you quickly realize that you now have other people depending on you. Being able to attract other team members that are extremely talented and help them see/join the overall vision has been extremely fulfilling and a huge motivating growth factor for me. Properly taking care of the people in my charge is something that I work on improving everyday.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What differentiates us from others is the smooth experience that we provide for our clients. There are 1,000’s of other companies that offer the same services that we do. However, we pride ourselves in making your current business problems our problems. Therefore, our Client Centric approach means we make it our mission to create a custom solution that will amplify your business growth. If you decide to Partner with us you can expect us to be Professional, responsive, transparent, fair, and results driven.
Everyone can attempt to create a website with any of the very common website builders out there. We pride ourselves in creating Custom High Converting Websites. Meaning the websites we create help you stand out from your competitors and increase your online visitor to customer conversion, which in turn drives more sales.
Services we offer:
Custom Web Design
Website Hosting / Web Maintenance
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Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I LOVE THIS QUESTION:
Some of my favorite go to places are:
Laguna Beach to chill by the sand and unwind.
Old Town Pasadena for great food and drinks.
Laker / Dodger Games
Downtown LA Rooftop bars for a nice skyline view of the city and a good Old Fashioned Whiskey Drink.
Finding new hiking trails in LA
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
God has given me the strength to continue my path and pursue my dreams. My parents have been my foundation and ongoing support throughout my Entrepreneurial journey. My custom web design process and procedure credit goes to my mentor John D Saunders. He is based out of the East coast and teaches others how to start their own remote custom website studio. Last but not least, my amazing team members at AIM Squad, they are truly talented and driven individuals.
Books I recommend reading before starting your own business:
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
“The Referral Engine” by John Jantsch
“Start with Why” by Simon Sinek
“Never Split the Difference” by Chris Voss
“Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion” By Robert B. Cialdini PH.D.
IMAGE CREDITS: @IDKERIK