What’s up, mentors collective community? In this episode, I have an exceptional guest for you. He went from a delivery driver in 1996 to owning six brick and mortar pizza empire locations and beer. He now has over 250 employees. He’s the author of the book that pizza equation and host of a weekly podcast, the business equation. Nick bogus, thank you so much for joining me today. It’s an honor to have you on the show.
So not many of my guests are brick and mortar owners, but 250 employees, many of my guests seem to be an online business. And I think many people are listening right now who are interest in going your route, figuring out what they’re passionate about, and opening up stores that reflect that. So I would love to hear a little bit about your journey as an entrepreneur how you started as a delivery driver. And what were those steps that you took to go ahead and open the pizza empire stores that pizza and beer places of your dreams?
Pizza Empire with Nick
Yeah, I love to tell a story. It’s, you know, it’s one of those things That I grew up in a family of four brothers. We always loved sports. We still were out cutting grass, lemonade stands, baseball card shows, whatever we could do to make an extra buck. I think the entrepreneurial bug started early; Started delivering pizzas because one of my friends told me that the tips are better than washing cars, which I was doing at the time.
I fell in love with the team atmosphere of the pizza industry. You have this product that people love, no matter where you go to the door or baseball field, wherever it is, you’re delivered a pizza everybody’s happy always to see the pizza driver.
And I just fell in love with the team atmosphere that somebody’s answering the phone. Somebody’s making the pizzas fast I can somebody grabbed out of the oven. And then off to the driver goes off to the races. So I fell in love with it. And then, you know, I was very young 1718 got married very early.
I didn’t go to college because I had a wreck a few cars became a manager at the pizzeria. So I felt like piranhas 1920 years old, why do I need college? I’m already a manager. I’ve got this thing made and then started a family super young. I realized, I have to work a little harder and become a general manager. So I worked my way through the different chains.