Mark Ford’s Story – The Home Business Owner – Part 3
An article in the Mark Ford’s story series where he shares his experiences of being a home business owner, and takes a look at the various different business models that he has ventured into. Part 1 here – Part 2 here.
Welcome back. Up to this point I have shared with you my childhood years, looking at my education and what made me break into the legal profession within the United Kingdom and how I qualified as solicitor. Also during that time, I shared with you some personal periods of my life that I had to deal with which have ultimately led me to become a home business owner.
Today I want to concentrate on my home business career which all started with “Space Roadshow”.
What is “Space Roadshow” Mark? Well this actually started during my time as a solicitor.
As I mentioned a couple of days ago I was a child in the swinging sixties going into the seventies.
Music often plays a huge part in peoples lives and I was no different. Rock and Roll in the 1950’s evolved music and that evolution progressed with brand new sounds emerging which are the foundation of what music is today.
I became very passionate about music and little did I know at that time it would be the catalyst to my first business venture. When my mum re-married she along with my step-dad moved to Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands and I happened to be over there on holiday with my brother Nigel and a friend of ours.
Mark Ford – The Mobile Disc Jockey
We were out one evening at a club called “Space” and it was there that a seed for an idea was sewn. The idea was to set up a mobile disco, so we agreed on a strategy and when we all returned to the United Kingdom we pooled our resources and got the equipment together that we needed. We then started to spread the word that “Space Roadshow” was in business and open for bookings. We also did some advertising on Yellow Pages and it wasn’t long before the phone started to ring for us to take regular bookings.
Once we found our feet we then started to branch out into event management where we would book additional entertainment acts and handle things like the food and catering. Things we going really well and we grew this business to a turnover of around $1000 per week with some good profit margins as well. One of the biggest events we put on what for the music icon Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath fame, it was his 50th birthday and we held his bash at the N.E.C in Birmingham and in all it was a great success.
This business was a perfect side line to my career as a solicitor as it was predominately in the evening and a great stress relief from the 9 – 5 daily grind. When we started out we had a figure in mind of how many events we wanted to hold, that figure was 1000 and when we achieved that goal we closed the business down, it just seemed the right time which coincided with my father becoming ill and the lead up to quitting my career as a solicitor.
When my father sadly passed away I decided to take a leave of absence from work and during that 2-month period I had the opportunity to take stock and see what direction I wanted to take my life. The direction that I took was to open a brand-new business in a totally different industry. I and a very close friend of mine called Elizabeth Poole formed a property management and investment business which we name Pooleford.
Mark Ford – Property Investor
The business helped people invest in property with low capital expenditure as we would source low value properties and then help to push the deals through. We also started to create our own portfolio of properties which we would let out to people who were struggling at the time to give them a real sense of safety and security. It was a win/win scenario as investors like us managed to secure great properties to make money from and the tenants were able to rent properties for reasonable fees. We built up the portfolio to 21 properties and managed a number of others for our investors. This was back in 2006 when we started, and we are still going strong today 12 years later.
Liz and I are extremely proud of what we have achieved over this time and it is our dedication and mission to serve people which has led to our success.
In 2011 I was looking to add additional income streams as although property is a great investment it is also quite expensive to operate such a business. So while doing research on the internet for opportunities to create an internet business I came across a business model called Affiliate Marketing. Affiliate marketing is a great business model because it has very low overheads as it involves selling other people’s products and services for which you receive a commission each time you generate a sale. It seemed the perfect solution, so I investigated into it in greater detail.
The result was I came across a brand-new platform that had been created by a highly successful affiliate marketer called Stuart Ross. The company was called the Six Figure Mentors and it was a platform that taught budding digital entrepreneurs how to succeed in affiliate marketing and digital marketing in general.
I joined the platform and learnt everything that I could, then implemented what I had been taught. In a matter of just a few months I was earning thousands of dollars every month promoting digital products that taught other individuals how to create their own online business. This is when my company called Nice Money Publications was born and the back story to the name is I was publishing information on how to make nice money either as a second income stream to run alongside people’s full-time jobs or to replace their full-time income by implementing the strategies and taking advantage of the opportunities that I was introducing to them.
Mark Ford – Nice Money Publications
Nice Money publications has grown over the years and I now have a vast portfolio of my own products and services along with a network of websites to help many different types of individuals get out of the corporate 9 – 5 routine. Part of company now involves me offering my services as a professional online business coach and mentor to highly motivated digital entrepreneurs.
So as you can see I have vast experience in running home businesses and have turned my hand to different niches and industries. That is a common trait for successful home business owners, being able to spot opportunities and diversifying into areas which can be out of one’s comfort zone. Then having the willingness to learn new skill sets to compete with other online business owners and being able to adapt at the drop of a hat to new technologies and strategies.
By always being all into everything that I turn my hand to and persevering to achieve success has resulted in creating a wonderful digital lifestyle that gives the freedom and choice to do everything that I love to do in life. Many of the things that I do now would simply not be possible if I had stayed within the traditional and corporate world of having a 9 – 5 career and routine.
This is something that I am going to cover tomorrow when I give you the insight into what my life consists of now and what is possible if you put your mind to something and never quit on your dreams. What I share with you tomorrow will open your eyes and mind as to what is possible and hopefully create a vision of what your ideal life could look like, that will be different to mine but the principles are still the same.
Having the choice and freedom to live your life on your own terms. That’s what is coming tomorrow so please make sure that you take some time out for the next couple of days because at the end of this week I am going to hand you a golden opportunity to become the best version of yourself and create your dream digital lifestyle. The next two days could be life changing for you, so I hope you are as excited as I am. See you tomorrow.