Manny Campoli is a serial entrepreneur who, unlike other entrepreneurs who come up with one single big idea, he comes up with several big ideas in succession and pursues them with dogged determination, allowing for massive success in a short period of time. Manny is a highly motivated serial entrepreneur who never rests on his laurels, but always seeks to improve upon what he has done before, using the lessons he’s learnt to create even more success stories.
Manny was kind enough to take some time from his schedule to answer a few questions about what drives him and the current projects he is working on.
Manny, what was behind your decision to become an entrepreneur?
What a great question. There are 5 things behind me pushing me to become an entrepreneur.
The first reason is kind of a silly one to some, but a big one for me. My desire not to wind up a ‘yes’ man, and answer to someone else above me in my field of work.
My second reason is that working a normal 9-5 job is just very boring to me, a daily routine that I couldn’t wait to finish.
Thirdly, I am a very creative and excellent at problem solving, which is a key foundational block in becoming an entrepreneur. Why wouldn’t I use these great skills to better someone else’s business and not my own?
Fourth, I am very passionate about learning and constantly bettering myself to learn every day, and I don’t just say this. I try to read a book every week and pick up or learn new skills that interest me.
Lastly, one of my bigger reasons that pushed me to start the being an entrepreneur was that I wanted to change the world, and if I don’t reach my goals of changing the world then I want to make positive impact around me, as in my immediate family and close friends lives. What I mean by this is whether or not their life has simply improved because of the work I generated for them in a job, or a bigger salary with less working hours, then I am content.
As for my family, they are all 9 to 5’ers, and it was one of my main checklist items to make sure they did not have to do this to live pay cheque to pay cheque, and that they would have more financial freedom and more money for the things that they wanted, but didn’t necessarily ‘need’.
Can you tell us a bit about what you are currently working on?
Right now, I have a few endeavours in the pipeline. My biggest one is my General Contracting company “Brute Construction Services LTD also known throughout the GTA as BCS Construction”, which has now been in operation for only a young two years and is doing exceptionally well and growing every day, with a team of 12 full-time employees.
I’m currently also working on opening an innovative and trending bubble tea cafe in Yorkville Toronto. Alongside that, I’m also heavily occupied with growing my investment real estate portfolio to five properties by the end of this year (I’m currently at three). I also own a Hero Burger and a new fresh innovative Pizza joint called Pi Co.
When I can find a moment to breath, I’m working on playing the stock market daily, and pretty much anything that pops up that I can make a profit on!
With everything I have learned and still learning, I implement in my business and demonstrate to my employees every day. I try to be more of a co-worker then just as the ‘boss’. Customer experience and satisfaction is the most important aspect in all my businesses, because without the customers we cannot exist and thrive.
Serving customers whether it’s in building their home or building them a pizza from my financial district Pi Co is something that anyone can do, but it is how you do it, with a certain type of energy and drive that will rub off and reflect to my customers or clients which they greatly appreciate. This makes them feel pleasant in exchanging their money for one of my products or services.
Second is quality and consistency, which are both very important to me. We would not be in business today, if it were not for the high standards we put on our employees and craftsmanship. It is for these reasons, and these reasons alone, that I am in business with such amazing clients that keep returning.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when starting up your own business?
My biggest challenges in becoming an entrepreneur consisted of a handful of things.
The biggest one was taking the biggest leap of faith in my life to leave a six year long professional career working in the custom home business with a very well paid salary to leave behind working and growing someone else’s business, to starting one of my own.
The biggest struggle for most entrepreneurs is taking that first scary big leap. Figuring it out as you go is one of the most fun and rewarding parts of being an entrepreneur. Just do it.
I realized that I could not work for someone else because I am the type of person that when I do something, whether its big or small, I put 100% into it, and make sure it’s done to the best of my ability. I am very competitive, and this is why I can say it has gotten me to where I am today.
The second biggest challenge for me was that I tried to work very hard to try to become and overnight success. This did not happen. I had to make sure to work exceptionally hard and to keep at it every day, even on the weekends.
It took over a year for me and my businesses to start to get noticed and have clients start reaching out to me before I had a chance to reach out to them, which felt like a dream to me. Back to what I said earlier in this interview, consistency is key.
What are the most rewarding aspects of your career?
Being a serial entrepreneur is very rewarding. I have my own but very strict work schedule. My day usually starts off with waking up around 7, going for a 45 minute to one hour bike ride, coming back home, reading the news/checking the market and then head off to work and start my day.
Once returning home around 5, I settle in and try to get a quick 10 minute meditation in, eating, and finishing the day off with a few emails. I then do some reading before bed and repeat this whole routine 6 days a week, with Sundays just being an email and phone call only day from home or the office.
Another very rewarding experience is the fact that I control and monitor my growth and development. I watch myself very closely to always make sure I’m constantly improving myself even if it’s in the smallest ways possible. I’m a very confident and straight to the point individual. This development happened while going through the growing pains of becoming an entrepreneur.
Lastly, of course why everyone thinks they want to become an entrepreneur is for financial freedom. I can confidently say for my age of being 25 at the time of this interview that I am very well ahead of someone I would say about 10 years older than me, if not more. Since becoming an entrepreneur, I went from working a 9-5 and making $80,000 a year, to working on my own time and more than double that two years in, and my goal isn’t anywhere near to being close to finished.
What are the most exciting developments currently happening in your field of work?
Everything about my field of work is exciting. Meeting new clients every day is one of my favourite things. Some of these clients turn into friends and become like family. This is a very beautiful and rewarding feeling. I strive to make all my clients, whether it’s in the food or home industry, as satisfied as possible with the service that I provide.
Do you have any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
My words of advice for anyone becoming an entrepreneur or already started entrepreneurship would be these few things that I live my day to day life by:
- Never underestimate the power of being persistent, this is the key!
- Don’t wait to do it, and don’t say you’ll start tomorrow. Start today, start now!
- And my personal favourite, don’t get comfortable. Getting comfortable and losing your motivation is one of the worst things I think can happen to any entrepreneur.
I’ll end my interview with this, “hope for the best but plan for the worst” and find what drives you and use that to fuel your journey to the top!
Thank you Manny for your time!
You can follow up with Manny Campoli at www.bruteconstructionservices.ca