The human mind is always on the move with no rest. There are many ideas that come to mind. some are brilliant and attainable while others will be better to be kept in the brain. The majority of people don’t give these thoughts a second thought and pass them by however, there are a few people who take these ideas and make real opportunities out of these ideas. For instance, there are Scott Hughes, who took the chance and made his dream a reality. Scott Hughes is the sole proprietor and the president of Onlinebookclub.org which is a forum on the internet that is dedicated to book enthusiasts and readers to discuss books. It is completely open to the public, is free and accessible from any part of the world.
“Opportunities don’t come gift-wrapped. It is important to be willing to take risks”
Two fathers children, Scott Hughes has proved that he’s a man who lives by his words when he made the decision to create a business on his own. His website has earned the trust of readers around the world and has now surpassed the two million visitors. He is constantly working to enhance and expand the site, improve users, and compete against other platforms.
The Boss His Own
Born and raised from Manchester, Connecticut, Hughes was raised in a modest family. Inspiring by billionaires and businesses that had been successful, he also, dreamed of owning his own business. He wasn’t a fan of the standard and monotonous routine of the office and had always fantasized about being a self-employed worker.
After High School, Scott started working at small jobs to help pay for his expenses and live an independent lifestyle. Being a native in Connecticut, Hughes was aware that his school district was home to one of the largest schools this meant that there was always a demand for books. Hughes saw a gap and saw an ideal opportunity to become the boss of his own.
“Start at the point you’re currently. Make use of what you have. Use what you have” Arthur Ashe Arthur Ashe
In the era of Internet was in a boom, Scott Hughes was struck by the notion of taking books online and establish an online community for books. The goal was to create the possibility to talk about books with anyone who belonged to any part of the world. It was a milestone accomplishment for Hughes since platforms such as Kindle were not available and ebooks were restricted to people who were tech-savvy. As a tech pioneer in this field, Scott Hughes laid the foundation of his enterprise in the year 2006.
Being a voracious reader his own, Hughes put his heart and soul into this venture. In order to fund his dream and make it a the reality it is, he would work in local establishments or worked as bartender and kept developing websites as an additional business. The shaky period was from 2006 until 2014 when he made the decision to dedicate himself completely to the venture.
The Success is Slow
“The most beautiful view is after the toughest ascent.”
It’s never simple to create something new, particularly when you’re your own team. Scott Hughes was in a similar situation, because he was the sole one who was a believer in his ideas and worked every day to bring them to life. He was adamant enough not to get overwhelmed by the challenges that he encountered during his journey and instead, he held tightly and was consistent in his work.
Since the concept was new and not had been tested prior to that, Hughes was skeptical about the idea. However, thinking on the future, and constantly evolving technology provided him with optimism. He remained committed to his plan until it was realized and was pleasantly surprised by the result. Onlinebookclub.org being the first in its field at the time, experienced a remarkable growth. Everyday, he would wake up to a greater number of people from all over the globe. Hughes was able to see his dream becoming a reality.
Since its creation Scott’s business venture has undergone numerous changes while retaining the initial concept. In addition to managing the website Scott released four novels including ” 10 Step Plan to Market your Book” (2015), ” Achieve Your Dreams” (2015), ” Justice: A Novella” (2016), ” The Banned Book about Love” (2016).
The fact that he built his business from scratch has allowed Hughes to gain an abundance of experience in the industry. Alongside being an entrepreneur full-time, Scott volunteers at the Board of Education of Manchester, Connecticut. His story is a great illustration of how hardwork commitment, persistence, and perseverance will lead to achievement.