Chandler Bolt is a five-time bestselling author and business owner with an unconventional background. He’s been an entrepreneur since he was a young boy, selling his personal snacks for a profit at Boy Scout Camp. As a teen, he started a landscaping and pressure washing business where he employed friends for summer jobs. As a Business Administration student in his home state of South Carolina, Chandler worked for Student Painters, a student led company. He developed and managed his own team and earned more than $100,000 in revenue in less than a year. His savvy methods were noticed, and he was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year,” as well as “Marketer of the Year” and his team earned the “Top Quality Award” for the entire company.
“Helping people never gets old.”
~ Chandler Bolt
As a sophomore in college, Chandler wrote and self-published his first book on time management called The Productive Person in 2013. He based this book on personal insights he learned from juggling internships, jobs and school work in his teens. Within two months, the book became a bestseller and brought in $7,000 each month. Due to the success of his book, Chandler decided he was ready to advance his career as an author and publisher, and decided to drop out of his college business program.
In April 2014, Chandler started the Self-Publishing School with a colleague he met working at Student
Painters. Self-Publishing School offers a three month online training program that teaches students how to write, market and publish their first best seller.
As a relatively new business, Chandler had trouble seeking financing from traditional lenders to grow his business. He approached Accion in April 2015 and qualified for a loan of $50,000 to invest in marketing. This loan was made possible by support from The Hartford through its Communities with HART program, which supports entrepreneurs like Chandler who are having a positive impact in their community. Since receiving his loan, the company has brought in nearly $1 million in revenue and Chandler has hired eight full-time employees to keep up with demand.
Over the past few years, Chandler has written and self-published a variety of self-help books. He donated profits from a book he co-authored with his brother, Breaking Out of a Broken System, to Palmetto Medical Initiative, an organization that provides malaria medication to people all over the world. The book provides readers tools to improve their lives through important life lessons that each brother learned from their parents, and utilized in very different ways to achieve success. A $4 donation per book provides a malaria pill, therefore saving one life per book sold.
“Helping people never gets old,” Chandler said. What he loves most about his business is helping clients achieve success as writers, thereby providing income to sustain their families. He sees firsthand the confidence it brings when someone writes and publishes their own book.
Chandler has a big vision for his company’s future. Self-Publishing School’s goal is to reach $1.5 million in revenue in 2015 and $10 million in 2016. Ultimately, Chandler wants to transform the book publishing landscape to make self-publishing the best option. Chandler is confident that Self-Publishing School will be the go-to resource for first time authors to successfully publish best-selling books.