Trapped (in a 9-to-5)


Step-by-step checklist for starting, marketing and running successful basketball camps.

Initially, I appreciated and was grateful to have a 9-to-5 job.

Highly motivated and determined to be in the top 1%.

After a few years, major strides were made. Moving forward, I decided NOT to continue progressing at the pace I was going. Working that job wasn’t as important to me, as there was no passion towards it.

I felt trapped in a 9-to-5!

I wanted to do something totally different. Entrepreneurship over employment was where my heart was.

From 1993 – 2008, I went on an entrepreneurship journey, and literally bootstrapped multiple company-types: music management, online computer training and Internet consulting. Through this process, I made lots of mistakes. It was trial and error. Then, I stumbled onto something that touched me: offering basketball camps!

For me, offering basketball camps was a perfect fit! Number one, I love coaching basketball. Number 2, I could offer basketball camps while still at my 9-to-5. And number 3, basketball camps were profitable.

From this point (2008), it was balls to the wall. I put everything I had into this. Starting out, it wasn’t peaches and cream, but over time, the impact and cash flow was beautiful!

The company I founded is called Youth Hoops Basketball Camps ( Youth Hoops has consistently generated significant income over the last 15 years.

If you’re looking for a great side-hustle, part-time gig, or full-time venture, offering basketball camps is a great option!

About the author 

Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.

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