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Episode Info: I wanted to share how I got started and how I built my business.  I don’t claim to be like some of the other guests like Joel Comm or Yaro Starak who’ve had massive success.  But since it’s April Fools I wanted to do something funny. 1. Name: Andy Nathan 2. Industry: Online Marketing 3. Title: Content Producer 4. Job Description: Andy Nathan is the founder of Smart at the Start, a blog and social networking consulting company that helps small businesses grow through bite-sized internet marketing services. He successfully worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in over 75 different industries over the past four years. Start Up Gap Questions 1. How did you get started? So how did I get started?  When I was 25 I was a teacher, and it just wasn’t the right fit for me.  I knew I wanted to do something else with my life and started looking around.  I got into mortgages through a series of classes and connections and networking. One of the things that happened at my first mortgage job really got me started down the path of entrepreneurship. One of the guys mentioned something that was profound to me.  He said, "If you buy ten properties now and pay them all off by the time you retire, you will never have to worry about what you do once you retire." That idea was kind of mind blowing to me at the time.  I was like, what?  It’s like I have to work 30 or 40 years, but the reality was – what he was talking about – was look, if I spent the next 5 or 10 years just trying to pay off one property, and put all my time and energy into that one property, I can have a rental property and then I can buy a 2nd property and then a 3rd property and then a 4th property and so on.  By the time I retired in 40 years he said you’d have everything you needed. I didn’t like the idea of having to wait 30 or 40 years to retire.  I wanted to make more money than that.  So I started looking into how to build a business.  I looked into real estate, and I bought a property in Schaumburg.  I rented out the room there, because I lived there and rented out the other room. What happened was, a few years down the road, I said this is nice but let’s pick this up some more.  I want to do more with this.  This isn’t happening fast enough, so I bought a property in Arlington Heights. Then I bought a property in Florida and 8 more properties in Indiana.  And it was nice.  You’re a property owner and you have all of these properties, but unfortunate
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