Amazing.com is trying out something truly exciting today! Starting August 7, 2015, Amazing.com will start hosting Startup Fridays – a full work day where Amazing.com employees are encouraged to start and work on their own businesses using the courses produced by the company.
As entrepreneurship is exploding around the United States, Amazing.com is doing its part to get people into working for themselves and their own businesses, instead of working for someone else. Amazing.com believes so strongly in this mission that they are not only encouraging every employee to start their own business, they are also putting way more than just their money where their mouth is.
Amazing.com is letting any employee take one of their business-starting courses, giving them every Friday free to work on growing their business while still getting paid to do their regular job. The founders of the company are going way beyond that and even offering to mentor the employees to help them get their businesses off the ground and running.
And to make sure the employees can give this a real go, Amazing.com is even offering angel funding for each employee to invest in inventory or marketing to help grow their businesses.
Jason Katzenback, President and co-founder said, “Not only do I believe that this unique opportunity will help foster employee engagement and productivity, but I believe we?ll also discover more opportunities to improve our courses and platform.”
Amazing.com made the announcement to employees a few weeks ago and officially kicked it off today in their downtown Austin office with the inaugural Startup Friday.
Here’s what Matt Clark, CEO and co-founder of Amazing.com had to say about Startup Fridays:
“We teach entrepreneurship. Our employees thinking like entrepreneurs is going to help the business. Our unique thing is that if people are doing all that and they’re learning how to build businesses, the company benefits because they’re actually using and understanding our products that teach entrepreneurship. I figure it’s definitely worth a try to encourage our employees go through our own products to build their own businesses. Either they will want to continue to work here and contribute to the training and tools that are going to help them build their own business, or maybe they’re going to end up transitioning out. And if so, we will have a great success story of somebody who came here as an employee and became extremely successful because of our training.
Many of our employees have already built businesses before or already own a business, and they’re working in dark corners and trying to hide it from everybody. Why not just put it out in the open? Why not let people go through our courses and our products, and use our software and community? We’ll spot so many more issues that could have taken us much longer to find without them going through it themselves. It also will allow our employees to better understand where customers are coming from and what they go through.
I think it’s going to open their eyes to what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. There’s a lot of hard work involved. There’s going to be a lot of other uncertainty along the way that people are going to have to figure out. That is the nature of entrepreneurship. Opening our employees? eyes up to what that takes, I think will make them more effective at their roles here at Amazing.com and will also help them understand what customers are going through.”
Brynn Jacoby, Community Manager at Amazing.com said:
“I’m so incredibly excited and grateful to have the opportunity to start this business. I created my product opportunity list the day I found out we could start Amazing Selling Machine! Not only do I see everyone’s success daily in the community, but I’ve been watching my step-dad build his own ASM business since April 2014. I think it’s fantastic that Amazing.com is enabling us to become entrepreneurs. Now I’ll truly understand exactly what our community is going through – both the good and the bad.”
Katie Klingele, Amazing.com Member Support Team Member, exclaimed:
“I am so excited to participate in Startup Fridays because I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. Growing up, I was always coming up with new businesses, and when I started working for Amazing.com, I was so impressed with how we help people achieve their goals of becoming their own boss.
Now that I get to try the program out myself, it will help me better understand customer issues and help improve our courses by going through the motions myself. I feel empowered by this company, and I love it! The fact that they are willing to open their courses to us and encourage us, is in fact AMAZING! And to provide their knowledge and support is just icing on the cake.”
Matt Clark is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Amazing.com, a serial entrepreneur, and investor. He’s been featured on Forbes, CNBC, and Entrepreneur.com.