Back in 2017 I started on my route of self employment when I made my first post on the Nextdoor App offering work around the house in my neighborhood. Like many people my age, I didn't have time for a real job with my school schedule or the willingness to work for low wages.

Over the next 2 years I managed to cover all my living expenses by landing customers through small and inexpensive marketing tactics while also attending school.

In March of 2019 I realized that I was losing too many customers due to lack of time, so I started bringing on students from nearby univerisities to help me as well. I have since given several students and young individuals the oppurtunity to earn more income than they could anywhere else while working around their school schedule.

In August of 2019 I withdrew from Texas State University where I was pursuing a degree in marketing. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but it turned out to be the best decision I have ever made! In my time since dropping out I have learned so much more than I ever did in my 3 years of college. The real world experience I have gained in my time since has been unreal. One week after my withdraw, I started working with a startup in Austin, Modern Artpads which I plan to stick with for years to come.

Sharing my experience with a customer on what I expected to be my last job ended up in a large realization that...

  1. By discontinuing my services I would be doing a disservice to my community because of the lack of small moving solutions. Moving companies charge high minimums and impose lots of fees, I on the other hand charge a flat hourly rate that is inexpensive in comparison and do even the smallest of jobs.

  2. This wasn't just my gig anymore, but I am the marketer and I am the one who was landing the jobs. Student debt is currently over 1 trillion dollars and I certainly can't get rid of it, but I do have a grand opportunity to help many students avoid it!! I never suffered through the trouble of relying on loans to get by, but I know plenty who were and in fact I was helping some get through it at this time. I just couldn't stand to give up on the guys who I had already built relationships with.

That customer created a driving force inside of me that day that helped me to realize that Moving Up (formerly Hard Working College Students) is much bigger than myself and I can't just give up on my team or customers.


To this day I still some of the jobs, but I outsource most of the work to those in need of earning good money. Customers need help all the time and in all areas so even though I may not be the face you are seeing I can assure you that the work done will speak for itself.


Moving up is the win win solution. By going direct to the customer you get the best price and the best work possible, while we keep 100% of the earned income. Support our local, youth driven business today and you won't regret it!


Founder, Anthony Messina