Hey everyone! My name is Mike Martinez, I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. From an early age I knew owning my own business was in my future. One of my earliest memories indicating this was my mom hosting a family get together at our house. I organized my room into a “store” stocked with all the old toys and various posessions that I no longer wanted. I notified all of my cousins that the store was open for business and to bring their wallets with them. My mom quickly caught on to what I was doing and shut my store down!
My dad also helped in my journey. When I was young he owned his own mobile auto body business. He would repair paint, dents and chips from his van. I’m not sure why, but this venture didn’t end up working out. He then went on to work at an automotive place specializing in transmissions. While doing this, he also operated a garage at home in his spare time. At any given time I remember there being at least 4 cars ready to be worked on. He instilled upon me that if I wanted something I had to work for it. I quickly learned not to just ask for money, I had to ask what work was available for me to make money. I would help with oil changes, brake jobs and shop cleanup. I feel this changed my mentality about money and helped prepare me for my future.
In my high school years, I had two major interests: Computers and Car Audio. Most kids my age had no clue what they were going to do with their future. Not me, I knew without a doubt that I was going to start one of those businesses.
A brief run down of my history, which I will delve deeper into in later posts:
- Computer Repair business
- Automotive Lock-Out Service
- Construction Contracting
- Retail/Ecommerce Smoke Shop