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 universities to help me as well. I have since given several students and young individuals the opportunity 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.
Sharing my experience with a customer on what I expected to be my last job ended up in a large realization that...
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 I do even the smallest of jobs.
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 with whom I had already built relationships.
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 run a lot of the jobs, but I outsource some 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