Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Nick Rogers, a student at Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), recently started his own business, called NR Bookkeeping and Commodity Consulting. Rogers became inspired to start the business when he took a class called Introduction to Entrepreneurship that was taught by John Paul Engel, an Iowa JPEC lecturer who also teaches at WITCC.

Rogers decided to take the class because he wanted to learn how to get out and do customer discovery. He says his biggest takeaway from the course was “learning how to become successful – just ask customers what they want!”

Rogers’ business, NR Bookkeeping and Commodity Consulting, aims to provide rural small businesses with bookkeeping and financial records assistance. Rogers is especially interested in agriculture, saying he would like to keep farmers’ books and help them watch grain prices as part of the business. When Rogers completed Introduction to Entrepreneurship this spring, he already had customers lined up.

“My first customers were actually my dad and brother, who both own rental properties. My brother owns a trailer park, so I keep track of expenses and renters’ payments for the 30 trailers in the community. I started a business that I knew would work with my family’s current situation, which has helped me get started quickly. I’m already working with a few other companies in trucking and construction, too.”

Rogers’ family is extremely supportive of the business, and encouraged him when he first got the idea. “They jumped at the idea and pushed me to actually do it. I saw the opportunity in the market and I love agriculture, so I went for it.”