What is your Company? How did you come up with the idea?
Bangerbuddy is a college lifestyle brand with a 4 Million follower fanbase on Instagram. The idea started as a failed iPhone app startup, the iPhone app failed due to lack of funding and knowledge about apps and the Instagram page for the app was converted into a college content page.
What is your backstory? Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Junior year of high school I thought of an app that would be basically a social media platform that revolves around parties and events, so basically you would follow all your friends and public figures and see what events and parties they are interested in & will be attending. The app failed miserably and all I was left with was a page on Instagram (@bangerbuddy) with about 10,000 followers. At that point in time, people were not really making money off of social media and I had no idea that I would ever make money off an IG page, but I continued to run the page all day and night and post epic content and months later it became a full-time source of income for me and after 1 semester of attending university I decided to drop out and pursue my IG page full time.
What gave you that Entrepreneurship spark and drive when you started? Tell me about the day you decided to take this on as a full-time venture.
After Highschool the page really took off. I had over 100k followers and was making solid money for an 18-year-old student. What really changed my life and motivated me to pursue this full time was starting a Shopify store. Sean Kelly from Jersey Champs invited me over his house during the winter break between fall & spring semester and for almost a week straight taught me the ins and outs of Shopify. With my knowledge of Shopify, I managed to make more money in one month than I have ever made in a year from selling promotions on my page. After seeing that taste of success I stopped attending classes for the spring semester and sat at Starbucks every single day growing my website and brand.
Where do you see your company 5yrs from now?
In 5 years I see my company being the biggest college lifestyle brand out there. Providing everything from college news, media, clothing, music, you name it. In 5 years that is very doable.
Do you have a mentor?
I have a few mentors that really give me solid advice for my day to day operations. Most of them I cannot name, but one mentor that has really given me help from the start is Sean Kelly. Sean and I text all of the time and always give each other any tips or knowledge we ever come across.
What’s the most valuable advice you’ve received that contributed to your personal or professional success?
The most valuable advice I would say I ever received was to be smart with incoming money. Reinvesting a lot of your income back into growing your business is key, as well as putting as much away in savings as you possibly can for a rainy day. Especially in the social media industry, things are super volatile and you never know when the plug can be pulled on you or a simple algorithm change can shut your business down.
What is your Daily Routine?
I wake up around 7-8am, drink my morning coffee every single morning, then I draft posts and find content for the rest of the day’s postings, and finally, I start to book ads for the day and evening. Once that is all completed I leave the rest of my day for meetings, phone calls, & social life. Social life is key, you do NOT want to only live and breathe your business. You must leave time for doing things that don’t make you money but make you happy.
Which person or company do you most admire and why?
I really admire Mark Zuckerberg and his success with Facebook & Instagram. I think he created one of the most amazing platforms we currently have and really admire his ways of performing business.
What have you sacrificed for success?
I sacrificed a whole lot of free time & my college education for my success. Not that i regret leaving college so far, but it is obviously risky to not have a degree to fall back on.
Full Name: Bangerbuddy (Real name Nick Filchy )
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