2. What made you choose to start this type of business?
I choose the electrical business because I was already working as an electrician and felt that I was fairly good at it.
3. How long has your business been in operation?
My business has been running for at least 3 years now.
4. How do you attract customers?
Most of my customers have come from referrals of previous employers. I am now switching to a system where i will have to bid for my work.
5. How do you advertise your business/product/service?
As of now I have only advertised with SBO black business directory.
6. Do you have any employees? If so, how many?
Right now I have 7 employees. The most I have had was 10 and one one project it was as low as 2.
7. What are your company’s goals and vision?
My company's goal is to provide reliable and consistent employment for my employees. Our vision is to become recognizable as a company that produces quality as well as reliability.
8. Do you operate locally, regionally or nationally?
The company is based in Miami, however we operate nationally. We have completed projects in Michigan and Louisiana.
9. What do you feel makes your business unique?
The knowlege that is shared amongst our employees. The more knowledge each team member has, the easier it makes everyones job.
10. What do you envision for the future of your business?
I envision being able to leave a profitable self-sustaining business to my children.
11. What do you want people to think when they hear your business name or see your business logo?
I want them to think quality, skilled, and fair.
About the Business Owner
1. Provide a short paragraph bio.
I grew up in Coconut Grove Fl. I am the oldest of child if five, and I have two sisters and two brothers. I am the proud father of two daughters and one son. I remember as a child shorted out all of fuses in the house by creating a home made walkie talkie with a soda can and some bare wires that I decided to plug into the receptacle for the shock of a life. So I guess I was destined to get into the electrical field.
2. Why did you become a business owner?
While working as an electrician I realized that there was an opportuinity for me to make more money if I was able to work for myself.
3. How do you personally define business success? Is it money, freedom, power, influence, innovation or else?
I define business success with freedom. The ablilty to take the time drive my mom to the airport on a work day and not worry about loosing hours on my check is a great feeling.
4. How did you finance your business launch?
My first job as a company was financed by the money I had saved along with a small loan from a family member.
5. To what do you attribute your success?
I attribute my success to the connection I have made with people I have worked with. Making people feel confident in your abilities will allow them to request your services rather than search for services that you provide.
6. Was there a time you wanted to quit? How did you overcome those feelings?
Being a business owner will have your emotions all over the place depending on the different situations that you will face. Especially in a situation where you feel that you have and impossible task that you must complete. In the end the best thing to do is ask questions, ask for help, and communicate to others involved with the situation.
7. What is your biggest regret if any? Every business owner has at least one.
Venting to friends. Be careful when you talk about your business problems and financial success to people who you know. A harmless conversation on your side can cause problems and division within your business. Trust that I have personally experienced this.
8. If you had one piece of advice for a new entrepreneur, what would it be?
The one piece of advice I would give an entrepreneur is don't start a business with, nor should you use a friend to work in your business when you are just starting out.
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