Creating One of The Biggest Car Key Websites Online today While being a Single Parent: My Success Story!
Hello, today I wanted to share my success story or better yet the past 7 years spent of my life in the locksmith industry and how I ended up building a car key website with over 50k pages that is still growing to this day and owning 7 locksmith storefronts and a Phillippines office with 6 fulltime employees. First, let's get through the important parts needed, bare with me.. It gets kind of boring. Who knows, maybe you’ll think my entire story is boring. But, you won’t know until you read it, and honestly with covid going on and this crazy election.. What do you really have to lose, other than time? LOL!
My name is Skyler.. No, unfortunately, I don’t have some cool name like Mark Zuckerberg (Bug-Eyed Arsehole) I have been in marketing for over 10 years. I started off doing marketing for a few different blue-collar industries for an extremely low price. I was taking on anything I could, to gain more experience. I had quite a bit of luck with my first couple of clients after spending hours and hours on them for a measly $150 a month LOL! Man, but were those the days though.. I remember working my Arseee off for practical pennies for those first few “Real” clients. (Some of which are still with me today!)
I was 21 years old at the time, I had just moved into a 6 bedroom house by myself (I convinced myself I needed this fancy house because I was going to work from home lol… It was my think tank. Just like on silicon valley the TV show but much bigger and I lived utterly alone it was most certainly out of my budget and I had no idea why this family picked me out of all the other candidates to live there.. I was extremely desperate to get out of my mom's house that I had just moved back to due to a breakup. Side note: My family suffered from addiction problems and it wasn’t a good place to be. But in retrospect, this is where a lot of my ambition to succeed came from. I had to get out and I would stop at nothing to give my son the absolute best life.
To this day, I am incredibly grateful for that couple that believed in this nerdy, awkward young guy (ME)I literally moved into that house with just a suitcase and my computer. I remember sleeping by the fireplace the first night because I hadn’t got the gas turned on yet in my name while I waited for a client to clear an invoice. But honestly, on that first night of being in my own house without my Ex-girlfriend or any roommates and spending literally every dollar I had for a down payment and my first months rent.. Watching a movie I had downloaded on my computer in pure silence by a fire Was one of the most calming and rewarding feelings I have felt in my life. I hadn’t quite realized what I was doing yet but looking back on it.. I was investing everything I had, into myself. Not on some job or someone else but into MYSELF. I wasn’t going to let the world defeat me regardless of what had been thrown my way I knew if I just kept working as much as I literally could bare I could afford to pay my rent and continue to inch towards having literally just a car again.
Let’s fast forward 6 months.
I had been working nonstop on a computer for about 6 months now while also taking care of my little boy and not knowing yet but about to enter a major custody battle with my Ex as she was starting to be more and more controlling with our little boy. There were times that I wanted to give up soooooo bad. I barely had money to eat. I remember still being in love and thinking maybe If I was more successful she would love me back, she would want to be a family again. (BOY WAS I WRONG AND SO GLAD I WAS) I would work and work and work and work and do everything I could in order to just be able to pay to survive. When I say there were times I wanted to give up… I mean it to the fullest.
I was starting to envy those that just woke up and went to a job and got off a set time. But, I was already in it this far… I had to keep going. I was watching the “Love of my life” slowly slip away from me and dealing with her dropping off my son with hickes and basically being a built-in babysitter /slave for her to dispose of me however she pleased because if I didn’t, I wasn’t able to see my son, she would hold him from me etc, etc.
I remember being so broken and so upset. (Side note: LOL, Before this sounds anymore miserable. I have joint custody today and we co-parent great now, I share this because maybe that one person that might need to hear this will be going through similar situations and about to give up and this inspires you to continue to fight and keep going! Don’t let the world eat you! You’ve got this, everyone told me I was going to fail!!!!!)
Let’s skip forward another 9–12 months
I haven’t seen my son for a few months and I have never been more determined at that moment in my life to be successful to fight and get to be able to see my son again. Because of this ambition, I had started to make a pretty healthy amount of money. About 4–5k a month profit with some months starting to make more. I had been working with an indian based web design team that ultimately lead me to hiring my own virtual assistances and paying them money to do projects for me under my leadership. I had partnered up with a guy that taught me a lot but unfortunately ended up screwing me out of around 30k right before Christmas. I will never forget that night lol.
Shortly, after possibly one of the top 5 worst nights of my life so far I get an offer to start a locksmith company in Texas. I had never been on a plane before and this client of mine who wants to partner up suggested we meet in Las Vegas to go over the details of how I could open a storefront and make it rank. I had figured out that locksmiths ranked better with stores and had this amazing idea.
I meet up with this said client in person after literally missing my flight and having to spend an extra $100 to catch the one that was leaving an hour later lol. Long story short, I instantly knew this individual was a very special person. I had spent hours speaking to him on the phone previously and it was only more special meeting him in person. I knew he would have a major impact on my life and he did. (To this day he is still my partner with all my locksmith stores and my Buy car keys online website )
Let’s skip forward another 9–12 months because I know Y’all aren’t trying to read a book.
I had successfully ranked the first locksmith store that we had opened. I was learning how to do locksmith because of the number of jobs I had started to generate and I was living in between Texas and Utah while still battling my EX in court.
I had dedicated the majority of my time to my new found locksmith career lol. I was making decent money as a technician and a % from the company profits while doing the SEO and work for some other clients. We had decided to launch the 2nd store and I was confident I could get it to rank as well and make more money.
Well, as my custody battle was coming to an end and being from Utah I was getting my arse kicked… Suddenly everything all changed. My ex got a DUI and child endangerment charge. I WILL FOREVER THINK GOD HIMSELF DID ME THIS SOLID. Well, Long story short, I got full custody for a while and had all the cards in my favor. I’ll save you the details but ultimately I did the right thing and during mediation decided on joint physical and sole custody of my son because I felt that was what was the best option for him contingent on a few things set in place like random drug tests etc to ensure my son's safety.
Let’s skip forward more.. cause well.. Yeah, not a book.
I had just launched a location in Utah because I couldn’t really be in Texas anymore due to the fact I had my son 50% of the time. I brought an employee that I had grown extremely close with from Texas to Utah with a promised higher-paying % and a small % of the Utah location. There was some amazing accomplishments made within 3 months. I really threw everything I had at that store and we were working hard early morning to late at night.
We eventually were able to hire more employees and I invested in opening 3 more additional locations in Utah while also investing in a physical office for the guy that had been with me for years at that time in caygen de oro Philippines. I may have moved a little too quickly and bitten off more than I could chew at times but that same motivation that I had to excel and not give up kept me in the fight and this time, I had partners and people that believed in me that kept me grounded.
Skipping forward to early 2020… COVID19 STRIKES & THE GREAT SHORTAGE OF TOILET PAPER!!!! :(
I had been having the Philippines team working on the car key duplication website and some other projects that I had invested into like flipping a house and starting an Air duct cleaning company along with some other stuff while also maintaining our Utah locksmith operation.
We had barely scratched the surface as far as building out the car key database for every single vehicle made. But, news of covid had struck and those first few days I remember being a little nervous because we had guys sitting at home and pretty much came to a complete stop. I had acquired a good amount of overhead and couldn’t bare the thought of having to let anyone go in the states or in the Philippines. I made some risky investments to get me enough capital to hold me over to yet again roll the dice and invest into myself and my team.
I self-funded my phillipines team to build out www.carkeyduplication.com because I just didn’t have the time to deal with web design clients and I didn’t want to take on the overhead of paying someone at that time to deal with web design clients and SEO clients at that time, because honestly, it was extremely slow anyway. I mean the entire country had shut down and it was very uncertain as to what was going to happen next. We finish the website and launch it in early July. Allowing customers to replace car key by Vin Number Online as well as buy car keys online.
I had made the coolest additions to our website by building out a page to allow customers to order car keys when supplying their VIN and it seems to have really been a hit so far. I’m still investing and making it bigger and better but have accomplished seeing ROI on this website and have one of the biggest databases in the industry today with some of the best prices. I am watching competitors become angry because I am changing the industry standard right in front of them and there is nothing they can do about it. THAT’S SUCCESS & REWARDING!
Moving forward It’s November 2020, Donald Trump is fighting the Election outcome (It’s SCARY TIMES YET AGAIN!!)
Here is where my story stops because obviously, I am not a time traveler. But to be upfront at first, I simply started off writing this post just to promote carkeyduplication.com as we inch closer to ranking #1 for some crazy keywords. But, I figured I had already gone this far so I might as well go all the way to the current time in my life. I figure it will be cool to look back and possibly add on to this post as things continue to grow. (If the apocalypse doesn’t happen LOL!)
I have worked extremely hard to be in the place that I am in now. My son is now 7 years old going on 8 in March. We have all the things we could need in life and have some cool toys and fun hobbies that we do together. I still feel the pressure and stress of every day but I like to remind myself of where I have come from and how much worse it really could be. I am truly blessed and believe because of sacrifice and hard work that god has rewarded me.
Donald Trump has just lost the election. They have officially called it for Joe Biden a couple of hours ago I watched his live speech… Honestly, I was quite disappointed. I personally like Trump and was really hoping he would win because I believe he would make the economy BOOM back to where it should be precovid. I also am extremely suspicious of Joe Biden and “Khamila Harris” Something about them gives me anti-christ vibes. LOL! No, I’m really not that religious but I do acknowledge God. I just don’t actively attend church or dedicate myself to one religion.
Not to mention Joe Biden wants to raise taxes. At this moment I am still hopeful Trump will be able to overturn the election because a lot of weird things happened this year with the count and overall support that I personally witnessed.
If you have managed to make it this far, thank you. My rambles can be hard to keep up with. As a reward if you need any car keys replaced or car keys cut by vin please check out my website and if you find a product that could be beneficial for you. During Checkout please enter Skyworkz2020 as your coupon code to receive free overnight shipping and 20% off your entire order as a reward to dedicating however long it took you too read this.
I want to leave this ramble on Fingers crossed we as Americans overcome the trials we face. I am hopeful we will and I will be able to come back and add to this story. Remember; if you are struggling don’t let the world eat you. Continue to fight and fight until you can no longer fight. I believe in you!
Thanks again for your time.