Andre Smith, founder of High Tech Solutions, got started in entrepreneurship later than he would have liked.
"I started when I was a younger teenager building PCs, but could never get a job in a computer company," he said. "I started doing it on my own around the church I attended. As I started getting older and wiser and reading more, I started to develop more skills, but yet no one would hire me. During the economic downturn when jobs were scarce, I decided to take matters in my own hands after being laid off as the manager of an Arby's. I spent all my unemployment money on starting this business. I got my business license, got certified, launched this company and hoped for the best. If I'd have known it was that easy, I would have done it many years ago."
Now in mid-2017, Smith's company has five employees and offers retail and repair on many technology items including computers, printers, scanners, faxes and mobile products.
"We offer the most reliable service, products and advice for the lowest price for all needs," Smith explained. "We're known for our friendly service and we work with our customers to find best solution for them. We're not going to recommend the most powerful computer if you're using it for nothing more than surfing the internet because that wouldn't be the best fit for your needs."
Smith's advice to aspiring entrepreneurs sounds simple, but can be quite difficult. "Never give up," he said. "Sometimes you have to go all in to find out your niche. Many times, it's just taking a chance. Put your heart and soul into it."
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