The road to entrepreneurship is often a treacherous one filled with unexpected detours, roadblocks and dead ends. There are lots of sleepless nights, plans that don’t work out, funding that doesn’t come through and customers that never materialize. Jeremy Ray is a 20 year old entrepreneur with a mindset to always win.
Can you tell us about yourself
Jeremy: My name is Jeremy Ray Holst, I’m currently 20 years old. I grew up in Portland Oregon
How did the idea for your business come about?
Jeremy: I started ecommerce when I was 15 and since I started it completely changed my life, it allowed me to do things I never thought were possible for me, my family, and my friends around me. The feeling that I got from being successful in ecommerce is something that changed my life forever and is a feeling that I believe everyone should get the chance to feel. I knew that this process of starting and building a successful ecommerce brand was very easy to replicate and so naturally I got the idea to start coaching people and managing influencers and that’s how Crystalline came about. We started by focusing on creating content and managing influencers and their personal brand. This company went from an idea to a reality very quickly and has been amazing to build every step of the way.
What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?
Jeremy: The ability to live freely and do things on my own terms, support my loved ones and work towards things I’m passionate about on a daily basis. I also love traveling and knew that if I had my own business I would be able to travel and spend time wherever I wanted.
How did you come up with the name for your company?
When thinking of names I try to think about the vibe of the company and build a name based on that. I always go for clean, simple and easy to understand names that way customers can see your name and know it’s you!.
How did you raise funding for your venture?
I started when I was 15 by finding things at goodwill that I knew I could buy for cheap and sell for more, then buying stuff from goodwill and listing it for more on craigslist and Offer up. But honestly no matter what you have to start with In ecommerce there’s tons of ways to make money even if you only have $50-$100 to start.
How do you build a successful customer base?
By being transparent with your customers, taking pride and believing in your business, and most importantly providing a very good and quality product or service that you believe in, Also building a good community is key with your customers and making sure everyone of your customers knows how much your company values them.
What kind of culture exists in your organization, and how did you establish how you market your business, and which tactics have been most Successful?
By using Tik tok, Instagram and Youtube influencers and being 100% transparent
What kind of culture exists in your organization, and how did you establish it?
We focus on building a big environment that’s fun to work in/ be a part of, creating a place where people can network, grow and think of ideas/create freely.
How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
By focusing on impact over profit, we focused and based our business on having an impact and becoming the most quality program on the market.
How do you advertise your product/service?
Tik Tok, Instagram, and Youtube • Partnerships
I have a business partnership with Cameron Howard on Crystalline Media
What does being an entrepreneur mean to you
A person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.