Brent was the inspiration for Celebrate EDU and his entrepreneurial journey is the definition of awesome. Learn all about it:
Tell a little bit about yourself and how you got started:
My name is Brent Anderson. I am a person with autism and I am an entrepreneur, public speaker, and humor aficionado. I tried to get a lot of different jobs after high school, but I never got any interviews. Eventually, I got a job coach that convinced a grocery store manager to hire me. I worked there for 6 months and I hated it very much. So much, that my mom and I decided to work together to write a book called Unintentional Humor and eventually I became a public speaker.
What are your books and presentations about?
My books are about how I take language very literally. They’re full of cartoons and short stories showing what I thought when I heard different things like idioms, homophones, and slang for the first time. My presentations are about why it is important to explain things to people with disabilities and also why humor is important and how it changes as you grow.
What made you decide to do your own thing, be an entrepreneur?
When I learned that I could start my own business and do something I was passionate about in my own way, I was really happy about that, and I have never been happier.
You went through The Spark Program to help you with your business. Can you tell us more about that and what you learned?
I learned quite a lot of things that I didn’t know about business, like competitive advantages, why competitors are important, how to manage profits, prices, and revenue. It was very easy to understand and helpful that I could go back and go over things that I was learning.
Do you run this business on your own?
I have a Support Network. My strongest supporters are my mom and my sister, but I also have staff members and other people who help me when I need it.
What is the most challenging part of being an entrepreneur?
Staying motivated to keep it up. It took a while for my business to really take off. I had to be patient because it is not a quick process to get where you want to be as an entrepreneur.
What is your favorite part of being an entrepreneur?
I found something I was passionate about and made a career out of it. I love what I do for work so it doesn’t really feel like work. It is satisfying to feel like I am doing something that I love and sharing it with other people.