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The Journey

Bassanio Peters

4:45am the sound of the slow rise ring tone on my iPhone prompts me to crawl out of the bed. The first few steps every morning are painful (plantar faciitis from my collegiate basketball career) and I have to quickly make six of them to get to my phone. I rush to turn off my alarm, and avoid waking up my wife and two year old son who has made it abundantly clear that this is his bed. I tip toe down the hall past my daughter asleep in her bedroom (where my son "should" be sleep) to the bathroom, brush my teeth and head downstairs. After I drink two glasses of ice cold water (helps stimulate brain functions & increase metabolism) and begin brewing my coffee. I open up Joseph Campbell's "Hero With A Thousand Faces" which helps me put my journey and life into perspective. At about 6am I change gears and read Foundr or entrepreneur magazine, then, suddenly, a hurricane of noise (my two toddlers) makes it's way downstairs. That's my cue to head up and begin tackling my daily list of tasks. It's 6:30am, 7am at the latest and I am ready to go!

This is the grind. The grind I started in April of 2013 and continues to grow. I am a morning person and feel I'm more productive first thing, but let me tell you another reason why every day I choose to get up before the average person. This all started because I was working for a company and felt like I hit the ceiling. No upward mobility, stagnation, but more than anything I just felt like I had a higher calling. You see I had been working in the engineering and manufacturing industry for over 7 years and along the way I made a lot of really good friends. I am an extrovert and most engineers I know are introverts, but I became close with many of the people I worked with. When the economy took a turn for the worse in 2008 many companies started sending engineering and manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico, because it was drastically cheaper. I witnessed first hand what this did to local economies and unfortunately seen a lot of friends and people I had worked with lose their jobs.

Then, something started happening. These same engineers who were out of a job and feeling a sense of desperation, started doing contract work. They were living contract to contract, day to day, and barely getting by. A few months went by and I checked in with several of them to see how things were going, and if I can help in any way. To my surprise, they were happier then ever. No more punching the clock, no more meaningless meetings, just their passion, which was to design and engineer amazing products. Six more months go by and these same people who were desperate a little less than a year ago are now picking and choosing which contracts they work on and are hiring staff. This inspired me to take action and begin to make certain sacrifices, so I can have this same feeling, and and help others in the process.

In April of 2013 I started a consulting company and what we did was help contract engineers find work. According to HBR 75% of freelance work still comes via word of mouth and considering engineers aren't what I would call "social butterflies" I figured I would have a market / problem to solve. They have the skills necessary to create amazing products, but lacked the business development experience to find consistent and sustainable work. So I embarked on this entrepreneurial journey, which at the heart of it, was helping people chase the dream we all have, being our own bosses. I still had a full time job, but I figured out a schedule that allow me to get started, and help me grow my business:

  • 5am-7:15am work on my business
  • 8am-5pm work as an employee
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm family time
  • 8pm-10pm my business
  • In bed by 11pm

My schedule gave me four hours a day to focus on building a sustainable business, but the greatest benefit was discovering the pain engineering contractors faced not only with finding the work, but collaborating with companies in real time. This prompted me to create my current startup (Assist 2 Develop) which aims to solve these problems.

We are set to release our beta version in a few short weeks and you can find out more in the link below: 

So the reason I still wake up at the crack of dawn every morning is to continue to help others free themselves of the corporate shackles, and live life on their terms. The best advice I can give anyone who feels like they want more out of life is START NOW! Even if you only take baby steps. Anyone can start with an hour a day, then when it makes sense, make it two hours, and then four. Next thing you know you've sustained enough business to cut down to part time at your job, or even quit all together, and that my friends is a great start to your journey. 

You Need Talent to Capitalize on IoT Market

Bassanio Peters

The global Internet of Things IoT market is expected to increase by more than $5 trillion over the next six years, according to IT research agency, International Data Corporation (IDC). The big takeaway from CES 2015 for me is the fact that we have barely scratched the surface of what's possible. We have the opportunity to improve energy & operational efficiencies in cities, homes, and various other areas that we frequent. The question I hear from numerous customers is "how can small businesses capitalize on this opportunity?" I will do my best to answer this question and give you some suggestions in a couple of blog posts.

In answering this question the thing I want you to understand is that small businesses have a competitive advantage, agility. The ability to innovate quickly, because of the lack of bureaucracy and corporate structure is where startups & small businesses have made their mark. Meanwhile innovation within large companies is often slow and ineffective. Part of this agility is remaining flexible and adaptable to change.


The challenge for any small business is bringing the right talent together. It's rare for a single company to have all of the engineering, programming & manufacturing expertise under one roof, because hiring and keeping top talent is expensive for any small business. The good news is you have options and in my opinion freelancers are an attractive one. 

The economic downturn caused droves of the generation Y tech enthusiasts to explore new ways to make a living and many turned to freelancing. As a matter of a fact in terms of trajectory the independent worker, (Freelancers) category is expanding faster than the overall labor force. So, in theory you could build a freelance team (each having the necessary skill set) and give them the tools to collaborate and work together on your IOT product. 

Anything to add? Share your thoughts in the comments section. 

Want To Do Freelance Work? You & Everyone Else

Bassanio Peters

Freelancers / Solopreneurs / independent workers have it pretty good these days. A recent study published in Harvard Business Review suggests that 2.7 million independent workers make over $100K a year! That helps explain why flocks of people are leaving the corporate world behind and pursuing their own ventures. According to the MBO Partners the independent worker category is growing faster than the overall labor force. 

So what can you do to get your piece of the pie? Start by identifying what type of pie you enjoy most and take small bites. Try picking up some freelance work on the side, see if you like what you're doing, and most of all provide value. 75% of freelance work still comes via word of mouth, so you have to be knowledgable and passionate about what your doing if you want people to work with you. 

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