- Tell us about yourself
My name is Alan Hidalgo, and I would consider myself to be a serial “millennial entrepreneur” by society’s standards, but I find myself a ‘capitalist’ and prefer that term.
I’ve been fortunate to build, grow, and advise several 6 & 7 figure companies within multiple industries. I currently own a successful marketing firm that generates leads for 7 & 8 figure medical and outdoor service companies.
My company also did marketing for several influential NFL, MLB, and NBA players and has worked with names like Gary Vaynerchuk.
I also have a partnership in a SaaS software company and run several offline businesses like an Uber taxi fleet business, ATMs, and Airbnb rentals, to name a few.
Aside from my professional life, I’m an avid traveler who has been to over 28 countries before I was 21.
My favorite hobby is traveling to other countries and cities, and I teach people how they can leverage internet businesses to be able to move around without having to worry about how they’re going to generate income.
I also enjoy politics, entrepreneur educating, and singing.
2. When did you discover you had this skill, and how did it start?
I discovered my business skills when I was 12 years old upon starting my very first business, which was a pet boarding company called “Alan’s Affordable Pet Care,” which went from being just me taking care of dogs to becoming the most successful pet boarding business in my local area.
Using SEO properly, I was able to be listed as the first business in my area for pet boarding services and quickly started getting busy with activity.
I started this business because I wanted to make extra money in the summers since my parents didn’t always buy me things I wanted, I had to be creative and find ways to earn money, which I’m thankful for.
3. Tell us about your company
I run multiple companies, but I’d like to take this opportunity to focus on a new business I launched recently called “Car Fleet Academy,” which is an entrepreneurial education company that teaches people how they can make six figures leveraging Uber and Lyft without ever having to drive a car.
It’s like running your own taxi company, but instead of it being taxis, it’s Uber cars. Imagine having cars making you money daily all hours of the day while you’re sitting at home with the kids or traveling the World. Most people think cars are a depreciating asset, which in most cases, they are because of how people use them or lack “using them.”
In the same way, home or apartment can be turned into an appreciating asset only by turning it into a rental income property; a car can be turned into a daily ATM, which is cash flow positive.
I went from using my car when I was in college to owning 13 cars that generate $3,000-5,000 in monthly profits making money semi-guaranteed. What I mean by this is: Uber and Lyft are always creating money in every city.
There are millions of dollars up for grabs in the rideshare market for anyone that wants it in their city; this is because transportation is a constant market need and will never run out! People always will need to get from point A to point B.
All you have to do is serve those people, and best of all, Uber and Lyft send the customers to you vs. in a traditional business where you have to figure out how to properly market to your customers. You don’t have to worry about any of that with this business model.
Car Fleet Academy has successful students in 50+ U.S. markets, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Australia now. Our average student consists of the everyday entrepreneur, car dealerships, former Uber/Lyft drivers, retired couples, stay-at-home moms, and everybody in between.
4. There are a lot of young people out there who are trying hard to be as successful as you are, what words of advice can you give to them.
I would say get into a business first off that is based on people’s needs or necessities vs. their wants. People will always need to spend money on things they need, for example – food, water, shelter, transportation, insurance. nce, etc.…
These are the industries that are mandatory for one to live in the 21st century. I would say get into a business like this first and build it and scale it up.
The money is also in being a supplier; suppliers will always be productive because people depend on them. It would also make the most sense to hop into a need’s based business where you have some level of interest or passion because that’ll make it feel a little less like work, and you won’t get bored with it.
Live below your means for a while and reinvest your money into suitable investments, and you’ll set yourself up for a very successful future.
5. Do you think you have any exceptional talent that’s a key factor for success in your business?
My unique talent that has brought me a lot of success is probably my persistence. Many people have told me I am the most persistent person they’ve ever met.
And in some ways, that is good or bad, but in business, it is critical. Having extreme persistence is the drive that gets you up in the morning and gets people to give you the time of day.
Everyone’s style is different, but I can tell you for the fact that many doors have opened for me, and opportunities or relationships were created because of my persistence. If you want people to believe in you, you have to do whatever and anything it takes.
People who give up easily or are continually changing their image/approach, don’t honestly know themselves, and they won’t get that far from what I’ve observed. You have to stick with something and go full throttle. Eventually, someone will say yes.
6. Is there anyone you’d like to give thanks for being with you on your journey so far?
Yes, I always like to thank my family for being very supportive throughout my journey and bringing along a unique perspective and support system. I’ve also been blessed with exceptional mentors and business partners that are very loyal to me.
I want to thank God more than all for guiding me along the way and being there during hard times.
7. There’s no business without challenges, what challenges did you face, and how did you overcome them?
Right, that’s very true. I guess for me wanting to increase has been a challenge, and knowing how to have a complete balance so that things develop at a pace that they’re supposed to.
I’ve also had challenges at times with not knowing when to relax a little and let things manifest at the right times due to a lack of patience.
It’s essential to be patient and realize things take time. I’ve been able to overcome these areas by stressing less and trusting the process more. Since then, things have been much better.
8. How long have you been doing digital marketing, and what is your most significant achievement?
I’ve been in the digital marketing space since probably 16, which would have been in like 2012. I’ve always been in love with the internet and would always bring a laptop with me wherever I go since I was a young child.
I started learning the internet at an extremely young age and built SEO for businesses since age 12. I developed a keen eye for online marketing since then and used those skills for many areas in business.
My most significant achievement is probably closing a 6 figure deal in a single day; it was a great feeling!
9. We would love to stay posted on your journey. List out all your contacts.
Learn How Digital Nomad Ksaveras Jancauskas Is Disrupting The Instagram Marketing Industry
Ksaveras Jancauskas is a digital nomad who helps industry leaders and businesses, spanning different countries, to grow their online presence via Instagram and scale their brand.
So far, Ksaveras started and scaled his Instagram marketing agency to a 6-figure firm. The well-known brands and non-profits such as RepresentUS and GivePower Foundation been clients of Ksaveras. The biggest turning point for Ksaveras was when he was able to grow brands to over 221,000 real followers in just ten days!]
In this article, Ksaveras shares how he climbed up the industry ladder and became the successful digital marketer he is today.
If you’ve heard about Ksaveras before then you’ve probably heard of the Instagram Leverage Framework. The Instagram Leverage Framework is the brainchild of Ksaveras and is referred to as a system that helps anyone assert their authority in their industry.
With this system, Ksaveras has generated ten times return on investment (ROI) for different businesses on Instagram. This is why he’s one of the most sought after Instagram experts in the world.
At the start of his journey to success, Ksaveras faced a significant amount of challenges. His biggest challenge was that he trusted a lot of unqualified individuals to carry out his task. Slowly but surely, his brand was no longer sought after by prospects.
“I tried taking shortcuts by delegating my work to individuals who offered cheap prices, but in turn, they gave my clients a lot of substandard results.” -Ksaveras says.
In due time, he learned that trust is a belief that has to be built and that taking words for a fact without testing can prove detrimental to the status of a business. Ksaveras also shares that it’s important to test a product before you sell it. He’s acknowledged the fact that it’s better to employ individuals yearning to learn and improve on their craft every day than to outsource to a third party “professionals.”
Values and Principles
Ksaveras is a proud advocate of the “learn something new every day” movement. He never rests on his laurels and no matter the level of success he attains, he doesn’t get comfortable.
Everyone in his industry learns how to grow Instagram accounts and then complacency sets in. Instead of following the status quo, Ksaveras improves himself every day and according to him, he knows more about Instagram than Instagram knows about themselves.
Garrett Atkins- Making Use of Full-Service Digital Platforms to Serve Others
With the advent of the internet and advanced technologies, many business-minded people are investing in this sector. In fact, the number of people who have become reputed and wealthy online entrepreneurs has surged over the past 10 years. Among the reputed entrepreneurs who have stood out in the market, entrepreneur Garrett Atkins is a class above his peers.
At the age of 27 years, Garrett Atkins owns one of the successful full-service digital advertising companies. He is the Chief Executive Officer of VIE Media, a company based in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also the founder and a major stakeholder in St. Louis Podcast.com, the only and the most incredible podcast recording studio in the region.
What Does Garrett Atkins Advertising Business Focus On?
Through his VIE Media; Mr. Atkins has been working with many household brands that have also taken advantage of his full-service digital advertising platform. These labels include The UPS Store, Better Homes & Garden, Metro Powered by T-Mobile and Sansone Group. Other notable brands include Farmers Insurance and Arsenal Credit Union among others.
For small business owners, VIE Media has been a blessing. Thanks to incredible leadership and guidance of Garrett, the company has been working with numerous renowned start-ups as well as small to medium-sized businesses. The good news is that Garrett has been responsible for the establishment and growth of these relationships that have led to these incredible partnerships.
Significantly, through his podcast recording studio, Garrett Atkins has changed the livelihood of many people looking for a means to share and view content online. His podcast has been using advanced technology such as 4K video recording of the podcast.
Through his podcast, it has been easy for his clients content to be distributed to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and other incredible platforms. Luckily for most of his clients, the content is also perfect to distribute via social media.
The most common platforms many of his clients use are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. This has been possible due to the implementation of high-quality videos.
Garrett Atkins has been an Inspiration to Many People
It is not all about making money when it comes to Garrett Atkins’s endeavors. He is also a motivational public speaker who has inspired many people. He has been using social media, podcasting, and leadership to inspire many people not only in St. Louis but also in many other parts of the world.
Among the great event, he has graced as a keynote speaker is the St. Louis Live2Lead event, an event that focuses on leadership.
Garrett believes firmly that in life, those who do good things will then be rewarded down the road. Not because we live in some type of fantasy land but rather because people take notice of the good deeds you do and people to admire such things. They admire these things so much that they are also willing to work and provide a helping hand to those who are making a positive impact.
What More Garrett Atkins has to Offer?
Mr. Atkins believes in the mantra that; nothing feels better than helping another human being. He is a Board of Directors of KMA Foundation, a non-profit organization that works together with the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The main focus of the organization has been to identify roads where there is a high rate of fatalities and make necessary changes to reduce such deaths. Through this organization, Garrett Atkins and his team have been traveling to many high schools enlightening students about safe driving techniques and sensitizing the importance of safe driving.
The organization has also been offering a scholarship to needy students. Mr. Atkins has been a staunch believer of good relationships and he believes they are the best way to serve other peoples’ interests. He wants to always be recognized as a great content creator, entrepreneur, public speaker, and a devoted philanthropist.
How to Beat the Odds in Life with “Your Favorite Online Trapper” Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams’ success is a classic story of falling on hard times and rising back up by reinventing himself. Before finally realizing his potential. From getting caught in one of the biggest marijuana busts to becoming one of the most promising and successful young entrepreneurs and economists. This young man has come a long way. At 24, Anthony Williams has achieved more than many of his age. His life story has been awe-inspiring, and it was only his determination and perseverance that he has allowed him to overcome all the difficulties that came his way and has become the man of influence and substance that he is today. Let’s take a closer look at his life and the struggles that he had to go through in a little detail.
Anthony Williams – An Eventful Life full of Struggles
Born in the twin cities St Paul- Minneapolis, Anthony was abandoned by his parents while he was still a kid. Raised amidst immense hardships by his grandmother, “Nanny,” he had seen all sorts of eventualities and difficulties coming through. Anthony recalls a police raid at his mom’s residence as his first memory since he was born. He then later lived in a Public Housing Project, called “The Rose” with his Nanny and his other siblings.
The harsh reality of life hit him hard when he and his family were kicked out of the rose when he was 17 and was rendered homeless. This was just before he was about to enter his senior year at high school. He would have perhaps perished in oblivion had one of his best friends who co-coincidentally also goes by the name of Anthony would not have helped him. Anthony, then moved into his friend’s house and lived there for a good five years till the age of 23.
While living with his now extended family, he had too little money to afford to go to a community college and hence had to drop out in less than two months of attending St. Paul Community College. He was forced into the world of drug dealing to make ends meet while working a job, but even that was barely enough for him to survive alongside his newly found family. The worst was about to come in 2017 when a Minnesota Police Patrol team intercepted a truck full of marijuana and had charged Anthony for possessing 50 kgs (nearly $2M worth) of it since he was also in the pick-up truck. He went to jail as well and had to fight a legal battle to beat the case against him. His good friend and an exemplary lawyer Daniel Repka helped him to win the case.
Having seen his life and struggles, let’s look at his success story as well.
Successes and Achievements
Anthony started with day trading in the Foreign Exchange Market initially and kept digging in the world of finance and banking, and after acquiring enough knowledge, he helped his mentor with improving his credit so that he could qualify to buy a Lamborghini SVJ. Since then, there has been no looking back, and he has been named as “The Numbers Guy” or “Your Favorite Online Trapper.”
At the age of 24, he has achieved quite a lot for any 24-year old. He has been successful in creating the first-ever hybrid company involving Finance and Education in Minnesota. His expert knowledge about numbers, money, and the financial markets has made him a sought after name by many independent Financial and Banking institutions. He is an A-list Board Certified Credit Consultant and is FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act), and FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) certified. Anthony has helped clients with institutions as well as the end customers with his expert consultant services. When wearing his suits, Anthony proudly wears his Star Achiever Award lapel pin that he received during his early days in business as a Network Marketer for his exemplary service.
Anthony Williams – The Man with a Vision
With all that said, Anthony makes it pretty clear that he is into this business to help others. Perhaps that is much to do with the deep-rooted pain he had gone through being financially weak in his teens. He envisions, creating a system where people understand finance and the importance of money and how to go about increasing one’s worth, value, and credit through means of teaching financial literacy and investing.
His vision is to continuously create a delightful client and student experience showing that human touch, love, and compassion towards people with their particular financial problems. His purpose is to not only provide solutions to them but also to make them feel the way nobody else can make them feel when handling the sensitive topic of money — your friend in the financial arena.
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