My name is Mike Pietila and I have a business-starting addiction.
I’ve always been obsessed with entrepreneurship and business. I started selling pencils, erasers, and toys out of my desk in the 6th grade. My parents bought my inventory so the margins were awesome.
I started a web design company during high school. That started strong but I couldn’t keep up with the workload due to class and soccer and work and family and stuff. I also drove 45 minutes one way to high school so I was just overall exhausted. The industry changed a lot when I was out of college too. No one uses Microsoft Frontpage anymore for some reason… weird.
I started a lawn care company with a friend but sold my ownership interest after the first year. Our inaugural season was a success as our loss was less than $1k after buying a vehicle, brand new equipment, and accounts. Cutting lawns is actually fun to me… I miss it oddly enough. I decided to depart to focus on another company I had already started called the Mortgage Beyond Network.
The Mortgage Beyond Network was started after I originated home loans for a couple of years. The industry is terrible and even the innovative companies tend to lack true creativity. The Mortgage Beyond Network didn’t necessarily make home loans exciting because they’re still boring but the goal is provide some unique ways to help out borrowers and competent professionals. At this point, I only accept referrals. I’m in the midst of adding a ton of features, tools, and layers to make this truly innovative. Every member previously seemed to experience benefit but I wasn’t a big fan of the model. The CFPB constantly changes their viewpoint on marketing service agreements so I constantly had to have my attorney review my process. I was compliant every time but those expenses add up fast and I’m cheap. Our new model will be easier and more beneficial for all of our stakeholders moving forward. I might even make mortgages exciting! Probably not but whatever, I still find them interesting.
The Mortgage Beyond Network initially grew so well due to my personal relationships within the Lutheran community. I then realized there is not a strong way to professionally connect within and throughout the LCMS congregations. Therefore, I was required to start the Lutheran Business Association. We act as a Chamber of Commerce & Directory. We’ve had the opportunity to be very innovative with this concept too. I initially wanted this to be a 501c8 but there is so much red tape and paperwork, I’d rather just donated one-third of my revenue to LCMS organizations and pay taxes. The LBA has been incredibly fun to grow over the past year or so.
Oh yeah, I started another company too because I’m a bit of an idiot. It’s called Promad. It’s like Air BnB for professional meetings. I’ve been busy so this project has not received the attention it’s needed so far. However, that has been changing during the midst of writing this blog. This “game-changing” idea has been incredibly positive thus far and I’m very excited to see where this goes.
In the meantime, I’ve been asked to help or consult on a variety of start-ups over the past year as about a dozen people have approached me. I plan on helping them while pursuing other ideas I have too. I’m not going to do all of that today because I haven’t figured out time travel or teleportation yet but I’ve created a system to handle the growth and development of any concept brought my way and therefore will continue to fuel my addiction to starting new businesses. Yes, that’s a very long sentence but I’ve spent too much time writing this to really edit it.
I’m starting this blog to provide my insights and “expertise” on certain topics related to business. As I’m closer to becoming a credible businessperson, I feel the time is right to share my entrepreneurial side a bit more. This is more of an introduction but I hope you keep an eye out for my future blogs as they’ll be posted weekly. If you ever want to get to know me more, pick my brain, or even utilize one of my services, don’t hesitate to reach out. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call me at 586-703-7226. Be sure to have a tremendous and productive week. I appreciate you reading and God bless!
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