This is a brand new endeavor for me which I am ecstatic to be able to bring to all of you here. I wanted to talk to people that have gone through hardships and still remain inspirational and motivational throughout it all. I believe that even if seeing someone else pull through the struggle helps at least one person then it’s all worth it in the end.
Everyone has a story, what’s yours?
An Interview with Marketing Firm Owner and Manager, Eric Saroza JCE Marketing Firm
I’ve had the chance to, not only work with, but also share time with some amazing people in my lifetime.
I am ecstatic to have had the chance to sit down with a long-time colleague, friend, overall hard worker that I met close to 17 years ago. Eric Saroza is a motivated, self-starter who is the owner and manager of JCE Marketing Firm located in Miami, Florida, which strives to deliver top notch marketing for your business or brand.
The Actual Work
GA: Could you introduce yourself and give us a little background on your company?
ES: My name is Eric Saroza, 31 years old. I was born and raised in Hialeah, FL. Husband and father to 3 wonderful kids, youngest of 4 and my parents have been together for 46 years. I am the founder, owner/manager of JCE Marketing Firm.
GA: What inspired you to get JCE Marketing started?
ES: It was March 2017 and I was scrolling through Instagram and came across a post from a friend of mine who was struggling to get clients. I decided to do some research on his business (without him knowing) and searched for those who would be more likely to use his services. All I did was repost his post with the research that I found, and just like that he ended up getting 5 new clients. By one single post. At that point I realized, that its natural for me to help other people, to see them succeed. So, I ended up taking courses and became a Certified Social Media Marketing Agency and expanding what I have done to friends and family and spread it across my hometown to see everyone grow. After seeing other agencies charging so much money, I know the area I grew up in might not have the luxury of spending so much money, so I made it my mission, to fight and help businesses succeed at over half of the cost of what the market charges. I did not open this as a get rich quick scheme.
GA: Seeing and helping people around you grow. I like that. I believe that is the key to self-growth as well.
GA: What has been your greatest professional success and biggest setback you have faced?
ES: Up to this point, my greatest professional success was receiving my certification on marketing and opening up my own company, especially after having to drop out of school at such a young age.
The biggest setback has been the lack of funding. I have been growing JCE all on my own with no outside funding. And growing up poor, I never received a hand me down. I continue to work my regular job so that little by little I can continue to fund my business to help other businesses grow.
GA: What are your day-to-day responsibilities as an owner and manager?
ES: Waking up in the morning and ensuring that my clients are taken care of. I run through all of their businesses and brainstorm the next step in being able to grow their exposure. I research every moment that I have. When marketing online, it is a consistent rotating wheel, and you have to remain relevant. I do everything the business owner SHOULD NOT DO. My job is to bring customers to my clients, while they service them. I help my clients bring VALUE to their customers. My goal is to make sure my clients are doing what their competitors are not.
GA: What are some of the challenges of being a business owner?
ES: Having to do everything myself. And honestly getting used to the fact that I am a business owner. I have always been one to take orders and help someone else chase their dreams, now I am chasing my dream.
GA: Chasing your own dream. I feel like a lot of people are scared to fail that is why they stay stuck in the same routine, working for someone else’s dream.
Career / Job Information & Advice
GA: What is the best advice you’ve received throughout your career?
ES: The simplest advice when working, ALWAYS WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN. As humans we “think” we can remember everything, even as simple as signing into a program, but to be safe, write everything down.
GA: I cannot agree with you more. If it wasn’t for notes and reminders I’d forget A LOT of things.
GA: What does success look like for you?
ES: My humble success is seeing my kids smile and happy. Business Success to me means being able to achieve a goal that I have set in place.
Inspiration & Advice
GA: Where does your inspiration come from?
ES: Growing up, I did not have much. I remember one of the houses we lived in, was infested with roaches and rats. I remember my sisters roof had a hole in it, the foundation in the bathroom was sinking, where you can literally see the light from the outside. The bathtub was sinking, roaches and rats everywhere. All I want to do, is be able to provide my kids with a better upbringing than I had.
GA: Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on your life?
ES: My wife Militza Saroza and my brother Eduardo Saroza.
GA: What are you known for?
ES: Known for always trying to remain positive no matter how bad ANY situation can be.
GA: We as humans need more positivity in our lives. It all starts with your mindset and how we perceive ourselves and the world around us.
GA: How would you convince someone to do something they didn’t want to do?
ES: I would advise them, that life truly begins outside of our comfort zone. Society has our minds programmed to not do anything that takes us out of our comfort zone, but life truly begins when you step out of your comfort zone. Open up your mind to new things. You just never know, that something you didn’t want to do, could ultimately be a blessing in disguise.
GA: What are you currently reading?
ES: The Shadow Effect by Deepak Chopra
GA: Any prior books you’ve read that you recommend?
ES: The Alchemist (One of my favorites) The Power Of Now, Just Breathe
GA: DC or Marvel?
ES: I have to say I’m a Marvel Man!
GA: Top hero and villain?
ES: Being that I truly did not have a normal childhood where I followed super heroes, and would be able to collect toys and comics, one Hero in my eyes that was my favorite was Spawn. Oh yeah and the Power Rangers lol. Villain, going back to not really following so many shows and comics before, is going to be Rita and Lord Zedd from Power Rangers. That probably had to be the last series I followed as a child.
GA: What were you like in high school?
ES: Quiet and to myself. As a freshman, I started working to help my parents with not having to worry about being able to provide for me, so I did not really have many friends in school. I skipped school to work until ultimately, I dropped out.
GA: Do you feel that dropping out at such an early age helped or hindered you to a certain degree?
ES: To a certain extent, at first I felt it was going to hinder me and I was going to turn out to be a loser in life and even worse, dead because I was getting into trouble and associating myself with people who were not the best influences. I did not receive the proper education that I “thought” I needed at the time so I was going to become a nobody. At 31 years old, I see that my decision was the right decision, and that I would do it all over again. I am able to now be my own boss and do things the school system did not provide.
GA: Top 3 musicians?
ES: Trick Daddy, Lil Wayne, and MUSIC in general. I am a fan of ALL music. Music was my getaway growing up when times were bad.
GA: What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
ES: LOL! I ended up watching “The League” because fantasy football season is around the corner!
GA: Speaking of football, are you big into sports or have any hobbies?
ES: I absolutely LOVE football. Every Thursday, I get together with a group of friends and play flag football. Growing up I played I flag football leagues with my oldest brother where we were able to travel around playing other teams in different cities. The greatest thing about my love for football, was being able to play in a national championship game in Las Vegas Nevada.
GA: Do you have any motivational tips/words/advice for our readers?
ES:My advice for readers is to truly never give up on your dreams. Life is hard, work is hard, but being able to breathe everyday is a blessing. Nothing is going to stop me from being great. Not growing up less fortunate, not dropping out of school, and not even trying to take my own life. We need to go out everyday as if it is our last, and give our 110% no matter what it is. You work at McDonald’s, be the best cashier, or food handler, you work as a bus boy, be the best at it, walk around with a smile on your face at every given time. Do not let something bad that happened for a few minutes dictate the rest of your day. We can all live such an amazing life as long as we let love control us. I am 31 years old, and I am still fighting for my dreams. And I will never quit because I control my own destiny.
We would like to thank Eric Saroza for taking the time from his busy schedule to answer these questions for us and our readers.
If you have any questions of your own please feel free to drop them in a comment. THANK YOU!
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