Advice from an NCCU student: Justin Laidlaw from RUNAWAY

Advice from an NCCU student: Justin Laidlaw from RUNAWAY

Justin Laidlaw is the communications and media director for RUNAWAY. He's also a student at N.C. Central. Here's how he balances it all.

Justin Laidlaw is the communications and media director for RUNAWAY, a Durham-based apparel and lifestyle brand. He’s also a student at N.C. Central. Here’s how he balances being a student and running a business.

My journey as an entrepreneur has been a strange one.

I started at RUNAWAY as a model. I didn’t have a strong interest in business. Instead, my passion had always been in storytelling. 

Originally, I went to Durham Technical Community College, planning to get my degree in history and teach at a high school. I started my own blog and began to hone my writing and communications skills through small freelance gigs. Eventually, I became a writer at Clarion Content, writing features and hosting a regular podcast. It was there that I connected with Gabe Eng-Goetz, RUNAWAY’S founder and creative director, and considered the idea of being a businessman.

Now, I’m the communications and media director at RUNAWAY. I’m also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism at N.C. Central University.

Building a business while pursuing a degree is all about time management and lots of coffee, because you don’t sleep much. Balancing a schedule that includes work obligations, school responsibilities, and some semblance of a social life leaves little room for error.

As communications director, I do a lot of interviews with media, plan and attend events with other creatives and network with like-minded business owners to learn more about the industry and develop strong relationships for the future.

Taking on this role has forced me to become more organized and outspoken for the sake of our company’s success.

As much as I value formal education, I’ve learned an incredible amount from being in the field around professionals whose industry experience far exceeds my own, including my business partner Gabe. Having mentors who can answer my questions and working in an infrastructure like the one here at American Underground (home to the RUNAWAY office), where hundreds of companies are taking a similar professional journey, brings so much added value to the environment. This is not a knock on my fellow students! Knowledge is important, but so is application, and with the way technology is disrupting every industry, it’s imperative that we keep up with the times.

RUNAWAY has truly been a remarkable experience. But I cannot honestly recommend it to anyone unless you have a strong support group, whether that be friends, family, colleagues or mentors. I would suggest having all of them.

Running a business means working 40+ hours. Add that to being a student and a young adult with the urge to socialize, and it’s exhausting. It takes time to find your footing and get a rhythm, but I will say that it is rewarding to look back on what you have accomplished. It prepares you for the future in a way that neither school nor work could do individually.

If you’re hoping to start a business while in school: Godspeed.

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    April 18, 2018, 2:42 am

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      August 3, 2018, 6:25 pm

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        August 10, 2018, 8:08 pm

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        • Lauren@Rose
          August 25, 2018, 5:12 pm

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          • jenefer luis@Lauren
            August 27, 2018, 6:38 pm

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          • jenefer luis@Lauren
            August 27, 2018, 6:38 pm

            OMG!! This is certainly a shocking and a genuine Testimony..I visited a forum here on the internet on the 20TH OF SEPTEMBER 2016, And I saw a marvelous testimony of this powerful and great spell caster called dr bante on the forum..I never believed it, because I never heard nor learnt anything about magic before.. Not a soul would have been able to influence me about magical spells, not until dr bante did it for me and restored my marriage of 8 years back to me and brought my spouse back to me in the same 48hours just as I have read on the internet..I was truly astonished and shocked when my husband knelt down begging for forgiveness and for me to accept him back.. I am really short of expressions, and I don’t know how much to convey my appreciation to you dr bante , you are a God sent to me and my entire family.. Here is ….. His Email: bantespelltemple@gmail.com or call him or whatsapp him +2347059073543
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            August 27, 2018, 8:42 pm

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            September 1, 2018, 12:56 am

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            September 7, 2018, 2:03 am

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          • ledan mini@Dorothy Munroe
            September 7, 2018, 6:50 pm

            I URGENTLY NEED MY EX BACK WITH THE HELP OF A POWERFUL LOVE SPELL CASTER EMAIL PRIEST WISDOM ON SUPERNATURALSPELL@YAHOO.COM OR WHATSAPP HIM +2348124644470

            Hello, I am Ledan Mini After being in relationship with Anderson for years, he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to my friend and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4 pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem. email: {Supernaturalspell@yahoo.com }

            supernaturalspell1@gmail.com

            whatsapp him {+2348124644470}

            https://supernaturalspell1.blogspot.com/

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