Think BIG, Start Small, Move REALLY Fast!

“I would describe Nick as an internet geek with a high level of business acumen, who makes starting your own business REALLY fun and easy to understand. – Eric Schultz -eBiz Magazine

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I started my first online business in 1999 and by 2001 I was nominated for Entrepreneur of the year and featured in our Maryland local newspaper.

It all started way back in 1999, I was a sophomore at a local college and working for Maryland Public Television, managing a website for a TV show called ‘Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser. It was a great paying job with excellent benefits, but I worked in a small cubicle and the drive was a good 45 minutes from my home, where I stilled lived with my parents. I learned many great skills at that job which I parlayed into a very small start-up of my own; building and managing websites for businesses on the side. At the time, web developers were hard to find and could command a good price for a website build so I took advantage of this and I loved the work. My little side gig grew from word of mouth and before I knew it I was making really good money and growing my client base. I kept telling my parents that I need to quit MPT and work for myself full time, much to their dismay. They said, “stay with the TV station, it’s great pay, great benefits and you will work your way up the ladder, your young!” I digested what they had said but in my heart I was unhappy and I knew this was not what I wanted to do, so I left my two weeks notice and focused all my energy on my up and coming web design company.

Fast forward 2 years later, I started to build small sites for myself while still building sites for clients and small businesses, I was happier than ever and working from my small apartment which I was able to rent thanks to the increase in my take-home pay. Later that year, at the ripe age of 22 years old, I was nominated for The Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year from The Jeffersonian Magazine, and my first ever website was featured on their homepage as seen here.  The phones started ringing and things really took off, Oh and by the way, my parents couldn’t be happier with my decision ;)

The year is now 2021 and I am still happily self-employed in the fast-moving, ever-evolving internet world and learning more and loving every minute of it. In that time frame, I started and sold 4 online business and 2 physical brick and mortar stores. I now spend a good portion of my time with family while consulting with clients on how to get FREE – which is my ultimate passion.

Are you or someone you know looking to break free from your current job and gain more of your life back?

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In 2004 I was accepted into the Baltimore-based ETC (Emerging Tech Center) where I launched several businesses and met great people. I had the luxury of utilizing their facility, resources, and their board of top-level talent at my disposal.

Shortly after graduating from the ETC, I opened up a physical retail brick and mortar sporting goods shop. After running that (and realizing that I STILL Hated retail even as an owner) I sold it to my shop manager and an investor. Even after I cashed out of that business, I still earned revenue from my experience by documenting the process of starting up a retail shop and sold that process and system on StartaSkateshop.com.

After I sold the shop (Stereotype Boardshop) I wanted to sell a high ticket item with large margins. The board shop sold low ticket items with small margins that demanded lots of volume, I was done with that. I chose to sell diamonds wholesale and retail for a couple of years and I thoroughly enjoyed that venture. After that adventure, I started up a service-based service called SponsorSpace.com. That business brought Athletes and Sponsors together, I was very proud and passionate about that business. That business was bought out by a competitor a couple of years after its launch.

I took some time off after that sale and realized I wanted to start a consulting company but what would I consult on? After much deliberation, I finally chose to help people with their online reputation, which meant giving someone a fresh start online. Businesses and individuals would call me to assist them with getting unwanted, negative items removed from the internet on their behalf. This was a very interesting and at the time unique operation, it came with high profits but also a very high level of stress. The demand from clients was immense as their issues were large, complex, and required a high level of expertise and time commitment. I eventually sold that company to a high school friend who still currently runs it.

I took some time off after that sale and realized I enjoyed the process of helping people and wanted to try my hand at helping restaurants with their online image. Many local restaurants had amazing staff and cuisine but they were not actively managing their social media or their reviews online. Most of the restauranteurs were so focused on their day to day, they did not have time to post socially for the restaurant or respond to the negative reviews they received. This business took off, we then added more services to our menu including mystery dining, SEO, and the likes. The digital agency took off and we won several local awards and to this date is my top producing business of all time and still pays dividends.

It’s crazy to look back and think I have not had a boss since 1997 and have been responsible for cutting my own paychecks for 20 years. I have learned so much and now feel I am fully equipped and ready to share this knowledge.


 

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I am often asked how big my company is – how many people I employ full -time. The answers is one.

Most people  lose interest at that point. If someone were to ask me how many people run my network, on the other hand, the answer is different:between 50 and 100.

I am the ghost in the machine

You might wonder what do I do then. I manage my automation and systems that I setup to keep things scaling and running smoothly, as long as I have internet access wherever I am in the world I can perform my tasks 100%. I am not a tollbooth through which anything needs to pass, I am not a micro manager, I clearly layout my instructions and goals for my team and let them perform their job. I act like a police officer on the side of the road who can step in if need be, and I use detailed reports and measured analytics from my team to ensure the cogs are moving as planned. I check reports from my drop ship account sites, I review my affiliate and ad earnings, the health of my sites and services, I check bank accounts online and I then I look for opportunities to grow my business which still excites me and I love teaching people how to do the same.

I don’t build all these sites by myself anymore, I leverage a large network of offshore and US workers using websites like Elance.com, Fiverr.com and the likes. I have been delegating work to a group of freelancers now for near 6 years and have found the magic formula, I share that in my consulting and coaching classes as well. I also have a solid in-house team of professionals here in Baltimore with me and they are part of the Platinum Internet Enterprises.

Each site we build has a specific niche that we fill as well as a specific revenue stream, there is alot of research that goes into preparing a new site to launch but luckily thanks to the CMS system we use the power of the internet the site is quick and fast to get up and running and making money.

My mantra is THINK BIG, START SMALL, MOVE FAST!

I have pretty much worked with every major internet technology, site, service, software and applications. I have built drop ship product and service based sites, blogs, full scale eCommerce sites, dating sites, religious sites, and so much more.

I estimate I have create and helped create near 1,000 + websites and businesses to date.

So you might be wondering what topics I consult and coach on. Pretty much everything I have learned in the past 12 years I am teaching which covers….

Internet Basics
How to search and register your new domain name
How to host your website
How to use CMS (content management systems) and open source software to manage and publish to your site  if your NOT a techy
How to create a popular NICHE and Revenue stream that earns for you with minimal effort
Which Revenue models to use
Internet Marketing basics such as pay per click, organic site preparation and affiliate advertising
How to create scalable systems, automation and much much more.
I get no greater enjoyment than from consulting a client whose goal is to quit there job and work their site they started with me and seeing that dream come to life. I have done it countless times and it never gets old.

Whether your are brand new to the web or an experienced techy I am sure i can help you grow and learn new things for your own company or small business. I have learned so many amazing things in the 12 years that I share with my clients to help them grow and create their small site or network of their dreams.

Whether you have one specific business site or goal in mind or if you want to take your brick and mortar store online i can help. If you dont know what you want but know you want to free your time and earn money by using the web i can also help. I spend much of my free time learning the latest and greatest trends, system, automation tactics, revenue models, new business tricks and tips so that you dont have to and I love learning and sharing it.

I consult and coach via phone, skype, email, live chat, Google Plus hangout or can meet you in person at your location. I am very flexible and very easy to work with. My rates are published on most pages and you can purchase a session via the application if you wish or call for a free consult to learn how I can help you or your organization.

I truly look forward to working with you!

Nick Collins

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