All Startups Are a Risk - Sean Boyle ( Philadelphia Based Entrepreneur )


Sean Boyle is a Philadelphia based Entrepreneur. He currently owns a digital marketing company, Momentum Digital. Momentum provides digital marketing services to small businesses. During COVID-19, Momentum 360, a branch of Momentum Digital which provides virtual real estate content, has been exploding due to the increase in demand. You can learn more by checking out their website at momentumvirtualtours.com 


1. Tell us more about your company and your journey.

I handle mostly the Momentum 360 side of things now due to the high demand. We have over 30+ locations and over 100+ contractors. My journey was based in realization. I realized I wanted to be an entrepreneur but I didn’t know how. While I was in college I met my business partner Mac who founded Momentum, I sunk my teeth in and took extreme action. All start ups are a risk, but if you don’t take the risk, you can never receive any benefit. 


2. How did you come up with this idea and go about executing it?

Mac came up with the idea and concept of the company. I took ownership as his partner this April. It feels pretty good to be 23 and own a company. It’s a lot of exciting work and I wake up everyday thanking god for this life. In terms of executing, its pretty simple. I identify what needs to be done in order to grow and scale. I base all my decisions around growing. If I see that I have something in my calendar that doesn’t line up with growth, I delete it immediately. I’m laser focused and just try to make the best out of my days. 


3. What has been your biggest challenge that you faced and how did you overcome that?

The biggest challenge I overcame was myself. I tried to be perfect at first and that gave me an extremely overwhelming and uncomfortable feeling. I thought that if I couldn’t be perfect, my business would fail. When in contrary, I’m one of the hardest workers I know. I needed to tell myself I’m doing the best I can and go from there. Expectations will kill your spirit, you have to expect nothing and accept everything as they come. The good, the bad and the ugly. 


4. What do you think are the most important qualities of a successful entrepreneur?

This is such a broad question because there really isn’t a secret formula to success as an entrepreneur. It’s not cause and effect. For example, “if you have all of these great qualities, you will be successful no matter what.” It’s not that simple, but, if you had to ask me, I’d say:
 
1) hard work
2) student mentality (always learning and growing)
3) great communication 

These 3 traits have helped me tremendously! 


5. What are some of the most important factors for running a successful business?

You have to stay organized and stick to your schedule. You understand the agenda of the day and give yourself moments to put out fires where you need to. You have to adapt considerably throughout the day. No day is ever the same. That’s why I love this business. 


6. What are your tips for first time and aspiring entrepreneurs?

First and foremost, figure out what you love to do on this planet. Whether that’s art, science or something in between. If you find out your purpose, it makes starting the business so much easier because you’re creating something out of love, not solely out of greed for money. Money will come, but the passion needs to be there first. 


7. How can one overcome a hurdle of lack of funds when starting up?

Bootstrap as much as possible and use free tools like google and YouTube to finesse your way around certain areas. Don’t pay unless you absolutely have to. I believe the best entrepreneurs do this even when they have billions in their bank account! I’d also advise to grow their financial literacy. Learn about money and how it works. A great book to get started is 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' by Robert Kiyosaki.

Interview by - Priyanka 


 

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