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How Andrew Nguyen Went From Sleeping in a Car to Building Million Dollar Brands

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If you told Andrew Nguyen in 2008 that in 10 years he would be the owner of 2 six-figure companies, he would probably have said you were lying. Back in 2008, Nguyen was homeless and sleeping in his car. Fast forward to 10 years later and he’s now the owner of two successful businesses

The O Agency: a personal branding agency targeting pro-athletes, executive entrepreneurs and CEOs. Most of his clients are worth over $10 million and are highly featured in Forbes, the NY Times, Black Enterprise and
more.

BYOBlive (Build Your Own Brand Inc.): a company that hosts workshops and conferences to provide a place for various professionals in different industries to meet, learn from each other and network.

Andrew built his businesses from scratch and is now recognized as one of the top under 30 years old CEOs. He has been featured in Forbes as well as in the latest book by Gary Vee, a prominent figure in business, crushing it.

Young and Relentless

Andrew Nguyen’s journey to owning his businesses was far from an easy one. In 2008, Andrew was left on his own in the US to figure out his life and dreams. Being the son of immigrants, his parents always wanted him to pursue a career in medicine but deep down he knew he didn’t want that. He was 18, broke and only wanted to pursue dreams that no one else believed in. He decided to quit medicine and try something he felt was a better fit.

Life got hard to the point that he had to beg cafeteria workers for leftovers and snuck into dorm rooms just to shower. He had no home, so he slept anywhere; on floors, couches and even in his car. Eventually, Andrew decided to join the US Marine Corps and sent himself down to Paris Island in order to make money for school and other needs.

Disciplined and Focused

Upon returning to school, Nguyen was always looking for creative ways to make money. His first business was a mobile barbershop where he would go round the dorms giving haircuts to college students for $5 per head. He quickly established himself as the go-to barber for all the men in his dorm and soon he was making enough to keep him afloat. After some time, Andrew identified the next business opportunity when he learned that the current DJ was leaving. He quickly bought speakers and DJ turntables using the money he had saved from his hair cutting business.

Andrew decided to start off by offering his DJ services for free in an effort to build brand awareness and demand. His strategy worked like a charm and soon, he was charging $20 an hour for his services. A few years later, Andrew was dj’ing for $200 an hour, enjoying his job while making some good money.

After graduating from college, Andrew joined the corporate world like the rest of his peers but soon realized he had a different dream he had to chase. In 2013, Andrew saw the next opportunity in marketing and branding, particularly on the internet. At that time, people were still discovering the power of the internet for businesses and he knew there was something there. He started his marketing and branding agency and used the same strategy he had used for his dj’ing business to attract clients.

He started by making logos for as low as $50 and websites for $500. Fast forward to two years later and his company was charging $5,000 for the same logos and $15,000 for websites.

One of the main things that helped Andrew Nguyen turn his ideas into successful businesses is his understanding that growth happens within supply and demand, and pricing adjusts within expertise. He had to start at the bottom but as his skills, expertise, and business grew, he could charge as much as he needed.

The Hard Work Paid Off

Andrew currently owns and runs a full-service content marketing and branding agency known as The O Agency. Some of his notable clients include Tyrod Taylor, Victor Oladipo, Dennis Smith Junior, Josh York, Kam

Chancellor, Nike, among many other people and organizations. His other business, BYOBlive, is a creative platform that helps millennials advance their career and pursue their dreams. The company holds the annual BYOBretreat, which is a conference that brings together more than 1000 diverse entrepreneurs and creators.

Andrew has been able to leverage more than $1 million in revenue and growth from both of his businesses. Andrew’s story is an inspirational example of how far you can go in 10 years if you put your mind and heart into doing something you love.

Quiane Crews is the founder and CEO of LPG Technology, Inc. Quiane found his success in 2016 after partnering up with a friend drop-shipping on sites like Amazon and eBay where he grossed $1.2M in just 4 months. Mr. Crews partnered up with Shenzhen Communication Co. as a founding partner in China that developed smartphones, laptops and other technology. In 2017 Quiane parted ways from Shenzhen Communication Co. and started developing his own technology for his new tech startup LPG.

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How Author Roy Gene Huff Continues To Move Forward

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How will you continue to grow and succeed?

Everyday, I wake up at 4 AM to reflect on my day and accomplish my top two goals. I’m deliberate with time and actions, and reflect on my progress during the week. I have a routine that includes journaling, deliberate practice, exercise, continued learning, and engaging my network of like minded people. I set boundaries, and get enough rest to engage the day and other important aspects of my life outside of work. Most importantly, I believe in expressing gratitude. This makes it easier to step out of my comfort and embrace the unexpected.

Are there any major sacrifices that you have had to make in order to move forward?

Jim Rohn said you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. I’ve limited my associations with those who bring me down. I also gave up alcohol and fast food. I sleep by 9PM most days, so I can get up early and accomplish my top two daily goals.

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“Building Your Own E-commerce Business Is Easier Than You Think”- Peter Pru

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An interesting entrepreneur who I was recently able to chat with is Peter Pru who is the CEO and Founder of Ecommerce Empire Builders. He is well experienced in the world of e-commerce. Pru was struggling with his own business until he found out about sales funnels, then he really took off from there. He realized that many others in the e-commerce space struggled with sales as well, so that is why he created Ecommerce Empire Builders. He is able to make those struggling businesses into “Cash cows”. I asked him a few questions and here is what he had to say:

Can you tell me the story of your prior successes, challenges, and major responsibilities?

I never could make e-commerce work for me. I worked all day at my job and all night on my online business. I made sales, but hardly any profit ever came from it. Until I learned about sales funnels. Using them I was able to start guiding my customers down a sales process specifically designed to meet the customer’s needs and make the business as profitable as possible.

Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up?

I lost nearly $40,000 in inventory when I was banned for false IP claims while selling on Amazon FBA. I was wrecked. The business was doing so well and I thought I had this whole eCommerce and making money online thing figured out. When I got banned I had nothing to show for it. No customer data, no way to sell them again. I realized at that moment that I was building Amazon’s business not my own. Since that moment I promised myself I would not be in control of my business again

What are the most exciting projects you are working on now?

Right now my time is mostly filled with helping my current e-commerce clients build out sales funnels and processes to make their business a cash cow.

I know this is not an easy job. What drives you?

The reaction my clients have when they start to see results. It’s priceless. Especially when I see someone who is completely new to e-commerce make their first sale. It’s a feeling that can’t be put into words.

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Is Vaping Interfering With Your Lifestyle? It’s Time You Meet PHILTER

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I was able to have a quick chat with Amanda Byrd, Christos Nicolaidis, Mitch Mulanix and John Grimm who are the founders of Philter. Philter is a catalyst for necessary social and environmental change and will act as a change agent that dramatically impacts and alters the socially acceptable vaping behaviors. Not only does it help the environment by blowing out much cleaner air rather than the usual vape vapors but it is also a great alternative for smoking and vaping. I asked them how they keep motivated and here is what they had to say:

I know this is not an easy job. What drives you?

“The true beauty of these products is that they give you a choice as the vape user,” said Christos Nicolaidis, CEO, Philter Labs. “Sometimes you’re going to want to blow big, fat clouds. And that is totally cool. But, inevitably, you’re going to encounter situations where your vapor plume might impact those around you. If you have a PHILTER with you and the need arises, you’re immediately prepared to filter your smoke and carry on with your day-to-day activities.”

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? What lesson did you learn from them?

Creating these socially conscious vaping behaviors really only serves to make the shared spaces we live in that much better and to finally start tipping the scales back to a more balanced view of those who choose to vape.

How do you push through your worst times?

Think vaping without producing secondhand smoke is impossible? Think again! Meet PHILTER, the slim, sophisticated personal filters so you don’t have to sacrifice your lifestyle.

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