We had the good fortune of connecting with Dan McVey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks at this point in my career is the only thing that has allowed me to live the life that I want. I had barely enough savings to justify quitting my full-time job two years ago, but I took a risk because I didn’t like working there, and I left. Two years later, I’m still working for myself. I’m taking a risk every day simply pursuing my career path, because it’s currently not predictable or financially stable. But in the end, I am more fulfilled because I get to do it the way that I want. Risk taking is not comfortable, but when we’re comfortable, we’re not growing. I’ve grown quite a bit.
What should our readers know about your business?
I went from doing $100 edits to $2,000 retainers. In a nutshell, this happened with a combination of putting in the work, knowing the right people, and providing an amazing customer experience. Without all of these, it’s hard to have a successful business. And I wouldn’t even call mine that “successful”. My biggest issue finding clients that would pay me what I was worth. It took a minute, and I’m honestly still not quite there. But it’s all about the value that you’re giving them and your customer service, and I think I’m finally starting to dial those things in.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being on the Northwest side of Denver, I love Old Towne Arvada. At Elvtd Seltzer you can get diet-friendly drinks and good american fare. The Arista neighborhood in Broomfield (where I live) has a few amazing local spots, including the pizzeria Protos and my favorite coffee shop and European cafe, Vinca. If you’re looking for a quick but delicious bite, CDs wings has some amazing flavors. My favorite fancy spot would have to be The Melting Pot. There are several branches around the metro area, but we live nearest to the Louisville location and they kill it every time!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Several people in my life have given me encouragement and well-wishes on my path to where I am today; family, friends, business acquaintances, and my partner Madi. I also want to thank three of my greatest clients for providing me with steady income; Jason A. Polk of Colorado Relationship Recovery. He provides relationship counseling for struggling couples and does it with love and humor all the way. Brian Grimm of Luxe Living Real Estate trusts me to create amazing branded real estate videos for him and has stuck with me since the first one. Team Vivi Real Estate was a huge developmental client that allowed me to learn what it was like to be on retainer with a client, managing multiple projects at once, and working with an amazing team.
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