Every month, we feature the work of one of our members who range from business owners to artists to nonprofit leaders. This month's feature is Jared Eddy of of www.sitesrealized.com.
Tell us how you/the venture got started. What compelled you to create it?
I started my business, Sites Realized, by seeking the advice of others who had done what I wanted to accomplish. No success is achieved alone, and I am not the exception. I've had the support of wise mentors, fellow Tacoma business owners, and especially from my wife Stephanie. I had always been intrigued by the idea of working for myself, even in college. Working in the corporate world was a shock to my care-free student mindset, and I quickly learned what it meant to work for a living. Not long after I came to the realization that if I was going to work hard for someone's dream, it was going to be my dream. That's how and why Sites Realized came to be. What started as a goal to work less has become an obsession to create a business worth working for.
Who are your customers/community and how do they find you? What lessons have you learned building a customer base/community?
I work with profitable businesses in Tacoma and occasionally beyond the 253. I've built my customer base through network marketing and online advertising. Something I've learned is that you should never underestimate the power of your network. They are your best sales team and they work for free!
Tell us about one of the biggest obstacles you have faced in your work and how you overcame it:
The biggest obstacle for me has been learning to be everything. I am the sales person, the web designer, the accountant, and the assistant. When I'm too exhausted to work there is no one else to pick up the slack. I've overcome this obstacle by seeking the wisdom and help of people around me. Knowing your limits is the first step in growing them, for me that step was a big one.
Where do you see the work/venture five years from now?
5 years from now I expect I'll have given up control of the grunt work to my future employees. Instead, I will focus my attention on serving my customers and the direction of my company.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be successful in what you do?
Customer service, patience, and a curious mind.
What motivates you?
What motivates me is the drive to do something with meaning. We can all get into a routine and only notice years later we never did anything of value or impact on the world around us. I don't want to get to the end of my life and realize I could have done, been, and had so much more.
What made you choose Union Club? What has your experience been like and who would you recommend it for?
I needed to change my mindset from a home based business to a professional business. The location and character of the space really caught my attention. I've enjoyed the people, the space, and the views thoroughly and found that all of them are inspirational and motivating to work harder.
Where can people go to support your business?
You can like my Facebook page or check out my website.