Entrepreneur of the Week: Ray Meyers of Evil Genius
How long have you been an entrepreneur? What did you do before?
I have been working as a computer network analyst for over 20 years. I held a variety of jobs before that. I worked in retail, restaurants, landscaping and installing sound systems.
How did you get started as an computer network specialist?
Ever since I was a kid I enjoyed seeing how things work. I loved to take apart and fix all sorts of electronic devices; I was really passionate about sound systems. People would routinely ask me to wire their homes and business. Working at Staples I advised people on the kinds of hardware and software they would need for their particular situation. People would grow frustrated and ask me if I would do the installation for them. I eventually got so many requests that I decided to start my own business.
How did you learn?
My curiosity kept me up to date on the latest changes in technology. However, I still like to take classes to make sure I am working efficiently. There are “many ways to skin a cat” in this industry, the last thing I want to do is waste time. I am a big proponent of education.
a business comes with a lot of responsibilities. I wear a lot of different hats as the owner. I am in charge of managing employees, marketing my company, making sure clients pay bills and actually installing the computer systems. It is not easy to manage my time.
What do you enjoy most about working for yourself?
I like having flexibility with my time. I also really enjoy helping people. It is great to see the look on a client’s face when I fix their server or provide them with a solution to their problem that they did not know exists. Being my own boss also gives me flexibility with clients I decide to take on. I do not have any clients that I do not enjoy working for. Most of my business comes from word of mouth and referrals. This is great because I know something about them and they know something about me before we ever get started. It is great to have common ground with people before starting a job.