Beyond Making Money as an Entrepreneur


Being and entrepreneur is often more about the process of the start up and the independence that comes with that, than the income generated. This doesn’t mean that income and profit isn’t necessary; it is to cover the costs of starting up and maintaining a business. It is just part of the satisfaction. If it was just about making money people would stick with working for someone else and the illusion of security that doing that provides. This is why entrepreneurs walk a fine line between business success and enjoying the experience of starting up their own companies. 

Not all new companies make it past the idea phase and of those that do, few ever know real success. According to an online article by Entrepreneur, there are 25 common characteristics of a successful entrepreneur ( In the article, number eight lists projecting a positive business image, as one of the traits. Entrepreneur Marc Sparks has become very successful at that while building a financially successful business, Timber Creek Capital.

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Marc Sparks of Timber Creek Capital

On Marc Spark’s Wikipedia profile he has a quote from the Bible, “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.” Luke 12:48. Marc follows this scripture with actions and his company, Timber Creek Capital, reaps the benefits. The company is known to help other entrepreneurs with start up seed money and even management. Eric has become a very successful business owner that understands the responsibility to give back and the byproduct of that is a company that has a very positive image. 

The company’s image is elevated by the number of organizations Marc Sparks is active in and contributes to. Some of them include the following:

The Samaritan Inn
The North Texas Gateway Apartments
America Can! Academy
Sparky’s Kids 
Highland Park United Methodist Church
Carpenters for Christ
Habitat for Humanity

He didn’t stop with giving, he has written a book, “They Can’t Eat You” to help others learn from his entrepreneurial journey. It includes both the successes and the failures. He believes there is probably more to learn from the latter.

Eric realizes there is more to business and entrepreneurial success than just making money. Giving back has not only reflected positively on his company but has positively impacted the organizations that he donates to and supports.