How I started my business

by Jeremy Schoemaker on August 12, 2005 · 33 comments

How I got started with my successful business.

I say successful business because I have been trying to run my own business since 1994 when I founded a company called Netassasin. Yes I know it’s not spelled right. (I didn’t know at the time though). Anyway I did some web design and consulting while in college (which I never really went to).

In 2002 I was working for Wells Fargo Financial in Des Moines, Iowa. My title was Lead UNIX System Security Administrator. Basically I just audited UNIX (Solaris) systems for security violations and worked with government auditors who would check our infrastructure and operations for things that may violate existing acts and stuff like that..

So while working at Wells Fargo I came across a company called Redemtech.. When wells Fargo acquires a bank chain or has problems in the field they do not keep the merchandise. They call this Redemtech Company and they come and pick the stuff up then resell it to people like myself who then either sell it locally or on eBay. Redemtech pays for the equipment from Wells Fargo by weight so a new state of the art computer that weighs 25lbs vs. a 10 year old puter that weighs 50 lbs the 50 lb computer actually costs them more… weird eh?

Anyway so I made some contacts through Wells Fargo to get in touch with a rep from Redemtech and my account was setup. My first purchase was 2 computers labeled “p3 desktops working�?. I bought them for 30$ apiece. I had no idea what they were at all. Just that they were p3 desktops. When the computers arrived I was TOTALLY SHOCKED to find out they were actually dell precision 530mt.each with 2 32gb 10krpm scsi drives, 512mb ram, and the best of all A MATCHED PAIR OF 1GHZ XEON p3 processors with 1mb of cache on the die.

Now to some this may not seem like much but THIS WAS THE JACKPOT to me. I quickly called my Redemtech rep and asked him how many of these “p3 desktops�? he had and he said about 200 or so.

I knew I could sell the processors alone for about 600$ a pair all day on eBay because of the 1mb cache and they were matched. The big gamble was that I didn’t have any clue what these other p3 desktops were… could I be so lucky they were all this configuration? I had to come up with some CAPITOL!!

My girlfriend’s mother had previously made some offers of loaning me capitol if I needed it for a business venture. I called her up and she said she would loan me 5,000$ but I needed to sign some contract that said that if I defaulted her daughter (my girlfriend/fiancée) would have to pay it back. That was an interesting clause but made sense. My mother-in-law is a very smart person.

So I bought my 5000$ worth of computers and ended up getting several more dells and tons of great equipment. I ended up getting about a 25,000$ return on that 5k after all expenses and still had TONS of extra parts and new equipment for myself in the deal. Now of course I am married and Susan (my mother-in-law) is my business manager and works for me fulltime. I do a lot different business now but that is how I got my start.

Here is a pic of my dining room from my first bulk order.

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1 Summer

WOw! Interesting. I got my start on Ebay too. Selling whatever I could get my hands on. God I love the internet…;)

2 Daed

Finally an update eh! You should update this blog more often :) More power to you on the 25k return on 5k investment. It’s finding deals like that to begin with that makes it so hard to be that successful, but I’m sure with endless searching I’ll finally hit a jackpot myself.

3 FunCareers

Ha! Funny how things start. Back in the 80s I worked at a recording studio and the owner used to hand over recording tape(1″) like it was free. Turns out he had a room full of it. I bought reels of tape from him at 3 pounds (UK) each and sold them at 16 to 25 pounds each, easy as falling off a log. A year later the stock ran out and I never did find another supply…. those were the days :)

4 Ian

Alway looking for that ace Ebay five-bagger

5 Ken Savage

Where the pic?

6 JB

If they were $30 a piece then why did you need 5k , or did you mean $300 a piece?

7 ch

200 x 30 = 6000

8 Ahmad Uzair

my future is not bright as yours.

9 Bo

Had a similar experience back in 2000, but my bulk order came half water-damaged.

10 web design

There always has to be the “thing” that starts the chain, in your case it was the computers that you paid 100 time less than what they were worth ;)

11 Harish

good post shoe.I hope you’ll succeed

12 laugh it off

Does this company still sell this stuff Shoe?

13 Around the Kitchen

There are other things you can do in a kitchen, but that would be one of the more tasty recipes. Do you still buy and sell on eBay, or is that now a thing of the past?

14 Kristina

Wow, you look very different shoe!

15 fas

Smart there. Does nt it pay off to take risks some times.

16 Donovan Crow

This was very helpful – I will surely recommend this to my friends.

17 web design egypt

nice article , and i am intersted in reading your business life :)

18 Kathern Breckel

You have great info on this site… I think it’s phenomenal! Thank you!

19 Adnan

How to get maximum clicks on sponsored ads…??

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