I have written this book to show that entrepreneurship is a great way to build wealth. I have always strived to earn money by doing what I love. Mowing lawns, shoveling snow, and delivering newspapers as a kid was the start of my entrepreneurship journey. Between the pages of this book, I shed light on how barbering, cooking, catering, and decorating helped me provided for myself and my family. I hope my story inspires people to pursue their dreams. One thing of which I am sure is: if one thing does not work, another trade or idea will.
My name is Matthew Stokes, and I am a Chicago native, painter, decorator, artist, and author. I have lived and raised my family in Chicago for many years. Over the course of my career, I have worked on and completed several projects for a clientele that grew through mutual trust and respect. Because of my ability to deliver excellent quality and customer service, I received numerous referrals, which all contributed to an additional source of income outside of my regular job.