This Is What I Learned From My First Business, Which Went From Broke to $500,000 in Sales

I still remember it like it was yesterday.

I was 19 and a broke college student at the University of Washington — so broke I had to drop out. I got a job, but still couldn’t pay my rent and basic expenses. Suddenly, I had an idea. It was simple, delicious and had the potential to earn me some much-needed extra income.

This idea is what got me back into school and became a $500,000 business. It was my very own rags-to-riches story. (More on that later.)

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