Today we chat with the Founder and CEO of Platinum Payment Systems, Jed Morley, on how he has managed to build a successful business.
Platinum Payment Systems is a leader in the merchant processing industry, widely renowned for their excellent customer service and their willingness to think beyond what is standard for most merchant processors. If you want to learn how to attain PlatPay’s level of success, continue reading and get to know Jed Morley through the interview below:
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and Platinum Payment Systems!
Jed Morley: Hello, my name is Jed Morley! I grew up in a pretty large family, on a farm that was shoulder to shoulder with a bunch of bigger farms. I used to work as a real estate broker once upon a time, and before that… I worked as a lumberjack in Alaska. Not what people usually expect when they meet me, that’s for sure. But that’s me!
Of course, now, I’m one of the Managing Founders of Platinum Payment Systems (PlatPay). We provide merchant services for retailers or, otherwise, for anyone looking to accept payments for their goods or their services.
How do you usually start your day? Has it changed in recent months?
Jed Morley: Despite all the reshuffling that I’m sure everyone has had to do because of COVID, a typical day for me has stayed pretty much the same. I always start the day very early, not only because that’s usually when I get a lot of my Eastern calls, but also because I like to work out early in the morning. After working out, I usually wind down by spending time with my kids, either by reading some scripture or praying, before they head off to school.
This personal routine of mine has stuck with me for quite a while now. I like it because it allows me to release some stress before getting to work, and it keeps me pumped up for the day to come.
What keeps you motivated to keep working?
Jed Morley: I think the key to keeping motivated is passion. You’ve got to have passion for what you do in order to keep doing it. At Platinum Payment Systems, we’ve grown to love our work.
I always tell people that, if you find it hard to keep working, then look for a purpose. Find a way to enjoy what you’re doing. Find a reason to keep fulfilled while you’re doing what you do best. It’s really not that complicated either. At PlatPay, as an example, we launched PlatGives so that we can make a change in the world by giving a bit of every payment processed to the causes that we support. It’s not at the forefront of our operations, but just knowing that, behind-the-scenes, we’re making a difference in someone’s life, it’s a very uplifting feeling. Which helps out a lot with making sure that we’re always looking forward.
What advice would you give to an entrepreneur looking to build their own business?
Jed Morley: Be persistent! You never know when an opportunity might come knocking. So, when you see the chance, hold on as tight as you can until you succeed.
It sounds so simple when said like that, but perseverance really has done a lot to ensure Platinum Payment Systems’ success in the past couple of years. It’s the kind of mindset that I’ve done my best to build up. Because, in the end, without the drive to succeed, to get your name out there, to just do something, then you’ll be stuck right where you are.
What kind of plans do you have looking towards 2021? Is there anything that you’re especially excited about?
Jed Morley: I think there’s a lot to look forward to. Because of the way 2020 went, 2021 is shaping itself out to be a very good year for PlatPay. Myself, personally, I’m looking forward to just getting back out on the road and attending events once more. That was something that we did often as a team, and it was one of the best ways for us to generate new business. Not just that, though. I’m looking forward to the process we’ve streamlined in the past year that we hope will allow us to find partners much more easily and more quickly.
Just, in general, there are a lot of great opportunities awaiting us next year, and we’ve made sure to position ourselves for the ‘run’ of our lives, as per usual. There’s no point in not getting excited about what you do and not going at it with everything you’ve got, after all.