We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Sheridan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
So back when I was about 12 or 13 I started my own small landscaping company. As part of my weekly chores I would cut the lawn and tidy up mulch beds, trim trees etc (my parents ran a tight ship). As time went on and neighbors continued to drive by, occasionally they would stop and ask if I was interested in cutting their lawn or laying down mulch. Fast forward a few years and I turned the operation into a small business that had 25+ weekly lawns in addition to other paid landscaping gigs. I was even able to hire a few friends! It wasn’t till much later that I realized how much I enjoyed being an entrepreneur.
After that I found myself working through my Mechanical Engineering undergrad at NC State. It was around this time that these devices called “drones” started coming out so I figured I would purchase one. After a few months of practice and obtaining my commercial license I decided it was time to start making a few extra bucks by starting a new side hustle. Business #2 focused on providing aerial video and photography for real estate listings. In a hot North Carolina market it worked out great.
Business #3 didn’t begin until after I resigned from my first job and moved West to start a new life with my wife. In the same year we: got married, moved across the country, and started new jobs. By stockpiling cash over the past few years we were able to purchase our first rental property. We were now landlords and the rental wasn’t even in the same state we were living. Albeit a rocky start as we refined our systems and processes the real estate was so profitable that we were able to buy another rental the next year.
Business #4: Sheridan Events, LLC. So remember how we just got married? Well, for the wedding shower we built a champagne wall and it was a hit. Once we were all settled down in Colorado I just knew that these walls could become popular as well.
So to answer your question, my businesses have always been biproducts of different areas I was interested in at the time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think what sets me apart the most from others is my drive and focus. Since graduating college I have been hellbent on self improvement and development. I also love trying new hobbies because I get the chance at learning new skills.
I got to where I am today by busting my ass – plain and simple. I live by the motto that if you want something then go get it. No it wasn’t easy. There have been countless days where I questioned whether it was worth it but I just put my head down and remained focused.
My main lesson learned is that learning to be effective (getting things done) and efficient (getting the right things done) is the quickest way to the top.
I want the world to know that Sheridan Events is a brand that is built and not bought. Our products are made from the highest grade materials on the market. Also, we do everything humanly possible to make sure that our customers are beyond satisfied. We also pride ourselves on feedback which we use as part of our continuous improvement process.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well I live in Parker so we would start with the Cherry Creek Dog Park and bring my two dogs (goldendoodle and bernedoodle). Then move on to walking Main Street and drive to Fuzzy’s Tacos to drink some beers and eat Tacos as the sun set in the distance over the mountains.
Depending on the time of year we could then go to Chatfield Resevoir to do some wake surfing or drive up to the White River National Forest to do some camping near Twin Lakes.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents have definitely been my biggest support system. They always backed my ideas up with encouragement despite just how dumb some of the ideas were (I didn’t mention the numerous ideas that never took off).
I also read a lot of books. My favorite is titled “The E-Myth” and is all about developing systems in your business so that your business runs like a machine without you.
For real estate the website “BiggerPockets.com” has also helped me learn a ridiculous amount of real estate investing knowledge in a short period of time. Oh and its free!