MEET TEEN ENTREPRENEUR NATHAN SYKES
Nathan is a best-selling author, award-winning marketer, teen entrepreneur, and founder of the leading monthly retainer marketing agency Howdy Interactive.
Nathan’s core mission is to have every single teenager start and operate their own business, paving their own path to financial freedom. His best-selling book, Retire Before College, helps students climb the path to financial freedom using actionable, real advice from his time scaling Howdy Interactive.
Nathan works with small business and Fortune 500 companies to grow the amount of marketing-qualified leads they have coming into their business. He’s worked alongside companies like NBC, Amazon, Five Guys, Keap, and hundreds more. He owns and operates Howdy alongside his non-profit, the Maine Student Film Festival. Nathan is also a speaker and consultant for large corporations and academic entities looking to cater to young entrepreneurs.
"Starting the path to financial freedom is like getting in shape; after the age of 23, it becomes a lot more difficult. Let's let teens shape the path to financial freedom at an early age."
– Nathan Sykes
Nathan wants teens to know that “being an average student” will take a tremendous toll on your future. If you work ten times as hard as everyone else in high school and college, you’ll reap the rewards ten times earlier. While your classmates are saving up for retirement, you’ll be expanding your empire and overviewing your investments.
With the advent of technology, the path to financial freedom for teens has never been easier. Who will start the climb?
Frequently Asked Questions (Answered by Nathan!)
What do you do?
I have two main projects right now. The first one is Howdy Interactive, one of the leading monthly retainer marketing agencies in the United States. We’ve expanded that to 170 employees, contractors, and freelancers doing work for everyone from small businesses to the Fortune 500. My other project is The Maine Student Film Festival, a non-profit organization designed to proliferate student creativity in the world.
What drives you?
Money! More importantly, financial freedom. I think it’s a very important concept, one that’s certainly guiding my life in the right direction. My plan is to retire at age 25, and I’m on the right path due to my obsession with climbing the path to financial freedom through cash flow and investments. A large portion of my book, Retire Before College, talks about how high school & college students can start thinking about money to set themselves up for success.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Don’t Be A Little Bitch” – Grant Cardone
Where are you right now?
As of January 4th, I am back in Bangor.
What’s your favorite book?
Non-Fiction: The Average Joe’s Marketing Book by Joe Polish
Fiction: The Great Gatsby
What’s your favorite travel destination?
San Antonio, Texas. I love San Antonio. So much. So, so, so much.