Sal Shakir grew up in a war-infested homeland in his main country away from the United States of America. He was not only a war refugee, but also an immigrant who later migrated with his family to the U.S. in hopes to build a better life for his family. He is now the co-founder of one of the largest real estate companies in the United States. The multitude of companies that he established is the reflection of his success as an entrepreneur. Founder of a total of 26 businesses, Shakir’s ascension to become a successful entrepreneur is not a journey full of glitz and glamour, but rather his rags-to-riches story is all about rising from the rubble of war and overcoming challenges. His life is an image of the courage, strength, and persistence of those who were displaced by conflicts.
Knowing The Entrepreneur Sal Shakir
Shakir was born and grew up in the Middle East nation Iraq. He witnessed the horrors, and never-ending fighting brought by the civil war. When he was 15-years-old, his father decided to bring their family to the United States to look for a better life and escape the constant war plaguing their native country.
He shared that his father used to own a business that provided maintenance service for generators in US military bases back in Iraq. He added that through this small business, his father was able to make and save some money. When their family got to the US, his father was optimistic that they would have a chance to live the American dream. His father lost the money that he made back home. He remembers seeing him cry because he had felt he had failed. He added that he had never seen his father cry. He described his father as a tough guy and seeing him cry broke the heart of the young Sal.
Growing To Owning A Business
Shakir applied for a work permit. Once he obtained his work permit, he immediately looked for a job and started working right away. Shakir landed his first job as an attendant in a nearby laundry shop. He also did some side hustle, such as working as an assistant to an air conditioning technician. Shakir was determined to earn a living for his family. He took all kinds of jobs. He worked on painting fences by knocking on doors of houses on the golf courses to persuade the owners to let him apply new paint on their rusted pane.
Then, Shakir decided to join the US army as a trainer. He served the US military for three and a half years. For him, his tour of duty allowed him to understand American culture. He was passionate about cars, so he got into selling cars. His first major business venture was establishing his car dealership. He opened his first car dealership shop in 2013, and two and a half years later, he opened his second shop. It was the start of his journey through entrepreneurship.
Real Estate Endeavours
After owning two car dealerships for some time, Shakir realized that his long-time passion for cars was waning. So, despite the success of his car dealership business, he took a momentous decision to venture into something new. Shakir sold one of his car dealership shops and handed over the other shop to his family. After that, he founded his real estate company, National Cash Offer. It was the most audacious business move that he ever took. And this bold decision paid off very well.
Shakir’s real estate business began after selling a property that he bought when he was just 18 years old. The property sustained some damages brought by a recent fire incident. All his experiences on side hustling gave him the confidence to fix it. He was skillful enough to repair it all by himself. Later on, he decided to sell the property. It was the beginning of his voyage in the world of real estate.
Just three years after its founding, the National Cash Offer is one of the largest real estate companies in the United States. As proof of the success of his real estate venture, he is getting 30 to 40 deals a month. Soon after, he established multiple businesses in technology, call centers, and other services to help other business owners & influencers.