Hey there, I’m Ben Carlson, and I build stuff.
I’ve worked baling hay on farms in Minnesota, as a burger flipper at McDonald’s, as a machinist, travelled extensively for Carl Zeiss, worked for a failed startup during the dot-com bust, built a $900k/year ecommerce retailer into a $36MM/year site over nine years, restored, and built custom motorcycles, built hot rods, worked as technical architect on a number of ecommerce sites including Condé Nast, Fox Head, Nintendo, Toshiba, Sur La Table, and others, was Director of Managed Services for an ecommerce consulting firm, and am currently part of the operations team of my friend Vince Vachio’s company Vachio Solutions Group.
In January of 2015, I embarked on The $5k/mo Challenge which is a personal challenge to come up with a business that will bring in $5,000 / month. It’s not so much about the money, as it is proving that some of the methodologies I’ve been reading about work, when applied. In addition, it’s about proving to myself that I can do this!
My personal life is crazy and makes all of the above dwarf in comparison… I’m a single father of the most awesome seven year old boy you can imagine. No, actually, he’s better than what you could possibly imagine! I have sole custody, so it’s a full-time job, and I love every. single. minute. of it! He’s the only thing that matters when I wake up in the morning, and when I go to sleep at night. Everything I do is to give him a better life, and to show him you can do whatever you want if you just work a little bit.
If you’re looking for outdated info about me, you can read more here: http://about.me/benjaminc