“Some people don’t understand that freedom is a mindset,” said Edwin Poncious, 21 year old entrepreneur and Founder of Fast Work Online. “That is where it all starts.”
Edwin was born in raised in Uganda. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a pilot, yet the life of an entrepreneur felt more befitting:
“I come from a lineage of entrepreneurs starting with my farther, who owns a private transportation company and used to own a private school in Uganda. My uncles in Africa are businessmen who have traveled the world and have inspired me to be that kind of person. In my country, you either sell or you are sold. Everyone thinks business because there are very few job opportunities. I grew up with this kind of mindset and I like it better.
In addition to being a young entrepreneur, Edwin is a networker and web designer. His idea for Fast Work Online stemmed from the latter. “I had designed a couple of websites for my friends, and I realized how fast they needed their projects done. If people can’t wait 60 seconds when a video is buffering, how do you expect them to wait months, weeks, and days to have their online projects done? I wanted to make my projects fast and available based on what and when the clients need most.” He feels confident in his business because the website development field is growing and thriving. “I was reading an article from adweek.com [that said] an estimate of $1.2 million is spent every 30 seconds on ecommerce websites alone.”
Here is the logo for Fast Work Online.
Procrastination and the lack of support have presented themselves as struggles for Edwin, but he has pressed onward to launch his business. “Fast Work Online is an online marketing business that I designed to help fast-developing entrepreneurs raise their business’ online profiles. We help clients have an impactful online presence and create strategies that will enhance their competitiveness and produce measurable results on the internet.”
Edwin admitted that there are constant hardships that emerge in his life as an entrepreneur. “There are only 3 difficulties that keep coming and going: time, money, and skill. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to build and manage at the same time.” He leverages his priorities and time by outsourcing work to others, which helps him remain levelheaded and afloat. “Sometimes you have to spend more than you earn, but that’s the real definition of an entrepreneur. We take risks, right? There is always more to learn. The day I realize I know it all will be my downfall.”
His faith in God has helped him through the more difficult parts of his journey. “What helped the most was understanding that I am loved by the great and all mighty God through his son Jesus. When you understand that and it sinks into your heart you can face any kind of rejection.” His faith coupled with his experience as a phone telemarketer has made Edwin rejection proof. In his stint as a phone marketer, he made 800 calls daily. “It didn’t matter what someone else thought about me, but it mattered how I thought about myself and my perspective to what I do and provide.”
Edwin wanted to close the article with the following advice:
“Everything takes patience. You may have money, time, and skill, but if you have no patience you give up.”
Check out the Fast Work Online website and Facebook page.
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