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Wes started Modern Workspace in 2013. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Modern Workspace?
When I started Modern Workspace, I didn’t have any sort of fascination or expertise with office furniture. I spent a lot of time on a blog called eCommerceFuel and the recurring theme there was "niche down".
I settled on office furniture and medical carts because I have a healthcare background and it made it easier to leverage the power of my old network.
In addition, my uncle ran a technology furniture business that specialized in videoconferencing. In the early days he let me dropship some of his products before I discovered World Wide Brands as a source for dropshipping suppliers.
For me, I was in an extremely precarious financial position. I had a six-figure income working for a medical company and I walked away to start my own business.
Actually, I came home from work one day and told my wife that my boss was so stupid, and I hated my job. She said, "If he’s so stupid, why is he the one signing your paycheck?" That’s when I realized that I could run a better business than my boss.
I lived off of my savings for a year as I built the company. We hit our break even point by about month 7 of that first year. This is rare, and I should warn that you should plan for 12-18 months before you break even, depending on your product and your network.
If I could do it all over again, I would have stayed at my full-time job and done Modern Workspace as a side hustle, and this is what I recommend to entrepreneurs that I coach. At least until you are earning enough to jump ship.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story