Bill Michelon is an accomplished internet entrepreneur. Like many that grew up in the digital age, Bill has created and sold many internet companies online to investment firms and other entities. “When the opportunity is there,” Mr. Michelon says, “strike while the iron is hot”.
Michelon’s entrepreneurial spirit started early when he was in his teens selling marketing services door to door to local businesses to build them websites and map out their presence on the web. He took to computers and technology easily; gravitating to the creative aspects of designing, building, and optimizing websites.
He owns and operates his own site, BillMichelon.com where he shares his thoughts on life and business. Lately, Bill has pursued an interest in philanthropy; giving back to local communities, charities, and mentoring youth business startups for students in high school entering college.
Do you know what “Steez” is? How would you describe your steez?
Style with ease! Yes, I know it. My style is very actionable. If you didn’t know me, you’d think I wouldn’t be thinking about anything. But if you’re in my inner circle, you would know I’m always thinking 10 steps ahead. I would say I’m calm and contemplative but I do know how to have a good time!
When you were younger, what was your dream occupation?
When we’re young I think we always dream of being a famous athlete or heroic character. I was no different. I wanted to be a star football player. Through middle school and high school, I played a lot of football and soccer. But I ended up finding another passion.
Who or What inspired you to get into your current field?
I think the ability to create something from nothing is what led me to this digital realm where opportunities are endless. When I first learned how to build a website, I was amazed when the final product came together. I built it for myself – I didn’t even have anyone to show. That’s when I knew it was going to be an opportunity that could bring in income and just open the doors to whatever else is out there.
Fast forward to now, I’m still being inspired every day from what I learn on the internet. From new technologies and services to innovative social platforms, it keeps me busy!
What’s one current trend that inspires you?
Cryptocurrencies have caught my attention lately. Coins like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple (and others) can really change the world more than what we can imagine. I don’t think that we’ve seen their final impact just yet. More and more companies are starting up this year (2017) and offering new coins to the public which all have different purposes. I think it excites me so much right now because I see the potential to get creative and build something new out of virtually nothing. It’s a new opportunity to change the world.
What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?
From a business stand point, selling my first company was my biggest accomplishment. There’s really nothing like it!
What are your thoughts on social media? Has it made an impact on your career?
Social media is invaluable. If you operate any kind of business, whether it’s brick and mortar or digital, customers usually connect with you on social media first. They check reviews and get a feel for trust, believe it or not. In some cases, people will even message your business over Facebook to ask questions about your product, services, or for customer service issues. Having your business on social media is an absolute must!
I even operate my own Facebook page for myself – it’s always a good idea to treat yourself as a company these days.
If you had to start over again, would you do anything differently?
I don’t think I would do much over again. If anything, probably acquire a mentor early on to guide me in the right direction and help with hard decisions. I did most of the decision work myself and it was nerve racking at times.
Can you share some good advice for our readers?
Don’t let failure stunt your growth. Learn from mistakes. Mistakes happen, failure happens – it’s all unavoidable. But the winners just keep chugging along like a freight train. Try not to be emotional either about your business – make decisions based off whether you’ll benefit in the end.