When the market crashed in the Great Recession of 2008, I was running a Jeep dealership in Park City, Utah.
We could still sell Jeeps but we couldn't get financing for anyone. The frozen market cost me everything. After declaring bankruptcy, I moved in with my parents in Washougal, Washington.
My mom asked if I'd clean her windows. As I did, her neighbor walked across the street and asked if I'd do hers.
A light bulb went on. "Hey, I could do this."
With $2,000, I bootstrapped the business from nothing to thousands of satisfied customers today. It's allowed me to raise my boys and pursue my passions: travel and the art of Vincent van Gogh.
You can learn more on my personal website. It may not exactly be the all-American dream, but hey, it's been close enough for me.