Dropout is such a negative word. Young entrepreneurs all across the country and world are ‘dropping out’ of school, but not because they are failing. Aaron George may have dropped out of law school, but it wasn’t to take a job or because he couldn’t handle it. He left law school to focus on something he was truly passionate about – lawyers. But why work with lawyers if you don’t want to be one?
“Find a problem that you’re really passionate about solving. Once you find that, the pieces fall into place and your able to make it happen if you really care about it.”
Aaron may not have wanted to become a lawyer himself, but after experiencing the problems that both lawyers and people who needed legal services faced in the current market, he found his calling to offer a solution to both sides of the equation. Aaron is co-founder of LawKick, which he describes as “an online marketplace aiming to revolutionize the legal industry by making it easier and more affordable to get legal help.”
LawKick allows users to post what they are looking for from an attorney. Attorneys who are qualified and vetted can then view the information posted and respond with a quote. The app helps people find reliable and affordable attorneys while giving those attorneys increased visibility and the ability to compete for jobs. Gap, meet bridge.
The company was founded by Aaron George and Michael Chasin in October of 2012 and has raised over $200,000 to date.
Aaron says that he’s “always been creative and a problem solver,” but he never considered it as a possible career route. He started a few blogs and websites while in college, but it wasn’t until apps started taking off when he got hooked. Aaron founded AppVentorous, which he still works on today alongside LawKick, which is his primary focus. AppVentorous created apps include Bloody Knuckles, Shadow Quiz, Sound Pop Quiz, and Word Play Games.
Asked what the most rewarding experience of being an entrepreneur has been so far, Aaron replied, “it’s rewarding to see something that I created out there in the world and see other people using and benefiting from it.”
Although he may have dropped out of law school, there’s no giving up for Aaron George – only passion and dedication. Kudos to Aaron for recognizing that his academic path wasn’t getting him closer to who and what he wanted to be, but stopping him from getting there. If everyone could dropout from what they hate to pursue something they love, the world would be a much better place.
Get your kicks by listening to the full interview below!
- How the co-founders went from the idea stage to launching the business.
- An unexpected customer acquisition hurdle the company faced and how they dealt with it.
- How LawKick is acquiring end users through providing quality content.
- In response to the end goals with LawKick: “Of course every entrepreneur wants that exit, but it can’t really be all about the money. It’s gotta be the passion, solving the problem, and making the world a better place.”
- Career as an entrepreneur: “ It’s a journey, not a destination. It’s all been rewarding. A lot of ups and downs.” “The entire process of being an entrepreneur is rewarding in itself.”
- How many hours do you spend a week working on your ventures or other entrepreneurship related projects? “At least 60-80 hours. Definitely the majority of my time.”
- How much sleep do you get a night? “Probably 6 or 7 hours every night.”
- What do you do in your free time to relax? “In the little free time that I do have, I enjoy snowboarding a lot. Hanging out with girlfriend , friends, beach, relaxing, sports.”
- What is the worst business idea you’ve ever had? A ‘Hot or Not’ like mobile app. Aaron came up with the idea and started to push forward as fast as possible to get it going. Apple rejected the app. After changes and a lot of additional time and money invested in the app, it was still rejected. Aaron “found out there is no get rich quick scheme in entrepreneurship.”
- If you could add one entrepreneur n the world to your team at LawKick, who would it be and why? “Elon Musk would be my #1 guy. He is someone who tackles these huge problems. He is an inspiration to me.”