Part of me was pushed into this position but another part of me knew that I had to and ultimately I know that the decision is the right one. I had to leave and this is the why and how.
I was bored. I would get home after a school day full of honor classes, maybe write a blog post and that was it. After a couple of conversations and late nights thinking of how it was going to work I decided that I was going to launch detaro.com (when looking for a name I looked through a huge list of available domain names and detaro.com caught my eye but since you could pronounce it a couple ways I went with daytaro.com for simplicity). At the time I could make a Facebook page and post on it but that was about it. That’s all I needed to know, what I really needed to have was the drive to learn and do what I needed to do to make this simple idea become a reality.
One thing lead to another, we started making websites in addition to managing Facebook pages, I met a couple fantastic people and now we are on track to make $30,000 this year. Two things to note with that statement, first, I was never in it for the money. I didn’t want to work a typical teenage job so earning that money was nice but the knowledge I gained is infinitely more valuable to me than the checks. Second, when we first started our price was $20/month for us to manage your Facebook page so one client was $240/year + $20 to create the page. At the time I thought that was a ton of money, so in other words I was easy to please from a financial aspect.
As I wrap up with my last client and give the Daytaro boat one last push until they are on their own, I find it somewhat difficult to know that it is over, that the year and half long roller coaster is coming to an end. I was always excited to get home from school and work on a new client or send a couple hundred emails just to get our next client. I learned how to work long and hard to accomplish the goal and how to keep going even though I had to go to school in a few hours. I experienced what it’s like to say yes when I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. The subsequent short term learning and paranoia is what kept me going, it was exciting.
And as my role went from doer to manager, I didn’t know it at the time, but I was preparing myself for the next step on my career path. In my new position I have to manage a small team and keep the companies goals in mind and make sure we accomplish them on time. If I didn’t start Daytaro, I wouldn’t have learned how to code, I wouldn’t have met the people I met, I would have the resume I have, I wouldn’t have the skills I have now and I wouldn’t have the job I have now. Setting myself up for success is what I strive to do everyday. I’ve heard all the cliche lines that teach us that there is no such thing as a free pass through life. Now I have experienced that first hand. To be successful, I need to work hard and build the road that I want to drive on.
Was Daytaro a success? Yes. At the beginning I was happy just to have 1 single client and that was a success in my book. Heck, with that one client we were profitable (which is one of the main reasons why I decided to start it, cheap is too expensive of a word to describe how little I paid to get this all started). At the end I can still call it a success for multiple reasons. From a financial perspective, our expenses for the first year was 2% of our income and for the second year it went down to .4% (this doesn’t account for wages as we weren’t generating enough to have salaries or hourly wages). I learned more than I could have ever dreamed. Some of the people I met a year ago, I am still talking to and working with. And sure we had our fair share of failures. Clients terminating contracts, poor performance, and missed opportunities were seen but that only made me work harder to get the next client and give them the service they deserved.
I would do it all over again time and time again if I had to because every second was worth it. I haven’t ‘made it’ yet but I still know that Daytaro is my starting platform and anything that I am currently doing and or will do would not happen if I didn’t start Daytaro.
There are few times that I am now bored thanks to Daytaro.