Traditional 9-to-5 jobs are the most common way to support yourself and your family. However, this path isn’t made for everyone, especially those with the entrepreneurial spirit. Some people feel the need to break away from the constraints of that lifestyle and strike out on their own. Wally Sajimi is one of those people, and he’s gained great success in his new career by never looking back.
Wally Sajimi’s first jobs were traditional 9-to-5 endeavors. He worked at Morgan Stanley, United Bank of Switzerland, and Salesforce but he didn’t feel like it was the right fit. “I wasn’t passionate about these jobs, but I always wanted to work at big corporations and gain insights into what they’re doing at a high level,” Sajimi said.
In 2016, he quit his job and started a company called Endorsify. It’s an influencer marketplace that helps brands price user-generated content on social media platforms. Although starting a service from scratch is incredibly hard work, he was able to set his own schedule and focus on the things that he liked to do. “I think how much productivity you put in, that’s what you’re going to get out. If you do absolutely no work nothing will happen.”
In July 2020, he sold the company and its assets, which included over 10,000 female influencers and content creators, to Her Campus Media. Sajimi also created Nietzsche Labs. It’s a technology development company that works on websites and apps. They work to make their customers’ products and services stand out on the digital side and take a different approach to things. They’ve worked with fashion brands like Nasaseasons, PsychWorld, Young Thug’s Spider Worldwide, and Cactus Plant Flea Market. The company has also gained attention from musicians and music labels like A$AP Mob, Cinematic Music Group, and G4 Boyz.
“Creating your own path, and/or lane, leads to working with new creative like-minded people. I think if I was still working at a bank or Salesforce, I’d have a completely different network in those industries.”
One of Sajimi’s favorite things about running his own business is how many different types of people he can learn from. “I love meeting new people and just asking questions or brainstorming about different ideas or ways to do things differently.”
Wally Sajimi still thinks working at a big corporation can work initially as a jump start. “It’s great to work at fortune 500 companies to start. I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t; I learned so much.”
If you have a 9-to-5 job that you hate, maybe striking out on your own like Wally Sajimi is your answer. While it requires lots of hard work and skill, you’ll have total flexibility and control on who you want to meet and what you want to build.