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Hello everybody.

Today we are with Mauricio Munoz.

He is the founder and owner of Pressure Washing Clearwater.

His web : http://www.pressurewashingclearwater.com/

Without further delay, here are the questions and his answers.

 

Mauricio Munoz

 

 

Q:  Why did you decide to have your own business (as opposed to getting a job somewhere) ?

A: My entire life I wanted to have my own business. To do the things that I wanted to create.I wanted to generate employment for others as well. Also I didn’t want to be like my father who worked all the time and didn’t have time for his family or anything else.

 

Q: Did you have any worries at first? And how did you overcome them?

A: To begin with, I had a good paying job but I decided it wasn’t too ethical. So I quit it. I didn’t have a job, no money, no credit cards. My wife was pregnant.  At that state I didn’t have any other choice but do something….So I worked for construction business’ for a while. To answer your question, no I didn’t have worries about starting a business. I was already broke. 

 

Q: What were the first five actions you took to get started?

A: 1- Decision to have my own business

     2- Observation. When I was working in construction, I was looking to see what was needed and wanted in the field. I saw that window cleaning was  easy and didn’t cost much money to get started.

     3- Get information on how to do it.

     4-Buying the tools necessary to clean windows.

   5-Printed Business Cards and Flyers Free Google Advertising, Craigslist. Anything free I could find online I used. Then headed to local stores and offered my window cleaning service.

 

Q: Did you come across with challenges and doubt yourself (what am I doing? ) 

 A:    Yes. It had been a while I was cleaning windows, I remember  my younger daughter was about 1 year old. I used to work all the way from 7 am to 12 at night. Looking for new work, I didn’t have a car, so I was riding my bike to work. Between work and riding bikes, I was exhausted. Physically I wasn’t in good shape. I used to fall asleep soon after I got home. I had no time for my family or anything else. Then I started working with another person, he had a truck, that handled the ride situation but still I was tired and didn’t have any time but work only. If I didn’t work we wouldn’t eat…those times I used to occasionally think, maybe I should work for a company and get a paycheck instead of working so many hours.   

 

    Q: Did you invest a lot of money?

   A:  No. Only about $200 to start  (for tools and business cards ). 

   

Q: You started with window cleaning, how did you get into pressure washing field?

 A: I was cleaning windows ,mostly for gas stations, then I got a call from a regional director,he asked  if I could clean the windows for all of their gas stations. Then I was asked if I could pressure wash their driveway. At first I was renting the pressure washing equipment, eventually I got a new one and even built one myself as well. 

 

 Q: How do you see the future of your business?

 A: I see a very bright future. I want to produce 1 million dollar worth of service. I want the people I work with to prosper and expand too.

 

Q: Do you have any advice for people who want to start a business?

A: I suggest people to start their own business’. Because the society is on the shoulders of small business owners & entrepreneurs. 

     If a person isn’t happy with what they are doing or they are frustrated with their work conditions, they need to take the chance and see things from a different point. Look around, see what you are good at.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

  A:  My wife’s name is Charlotta. My parents in law are Ralf and Doddi Gerhardy. Without their support in every stage of my business from day one until today I wouldn’t be able to make it.  Thank you.

 

 Thank you Mauricio for sharing your story with us. 

 

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 WOODWORKING is the activity or skill of making items from wood, and includes wood carvingjoinery, and carpentry.

Woodcarving: The action or skill of carving wood to make  decorative or non-decorative objects.

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 Joinery:  In the building trades, a joiner is a type of a carpenter that cuts and fits joints in wood without the use of nails, screws, or other metal fasteners.

 

 

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Tara and Tyler from goingslowly.com cutting their house frames

 

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Tara and Tyler from goingslowly.com assembling their cottage frames

 

Tara cutting wood for their kitchen cabinet

Carpentery: Carpentry is a skilled trade in which the primary work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc. 

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 Rustic tables are quite popular and sell for good money.

This  table is for sale on Etsy $1595, beautiful.

In fact people like all wood stuff…I think it connects us to the natural life, especially for the city folks.

So the wood furniture and  objects are popular in the city, popular in the country, popular everywhere.

When you learn how to work the wood, you can generate great income.

BTW, the Tara from the above blog (goingslowly.com) made their cottage frames after a workshop with her husband (they are building their strawbale cottage in Vermont). Then she made a picnic table (got the instructions from a web site),  then their kitchen cabinets. Amazing.

One workshop and was able to create all those. Beautiful and useful things. It is a matter of getting familiar with tools.

Get started in woodworking. Beginning woodworking-tools you’ll need  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAemICrc5wI

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Great video. Steve explains how woodworking tools aren’t that expensive. You could buy 4 most important tools for about $400.

The video is very encouraging if you are interested in the subject.

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This is an occupation especially suitable for people who don’t have fear of machines. If you have fear of machines, you have two choices. You can get over your fear after getting familiar with the tools and safety rules- with a course (or from an individual instructor).  The other option is to use the simple tools like a handsaw etc. Steve explained in the video. In fact there are apparently some people who use these traditional tools and make things. Besides the Amish : )

Benches for sale on Etsy $230

 

  

Here is an idea, if you bought your 1-2 acre wooded land, you could have your own wood supply, in that way, you can also make sure to plant new trees. Obviously you wouldn’t be using all the trees at once.

I think you can get 1-2 acre land for about $7,000 , depends on where you live, of course.

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You perhaps heard that bamboo is a better alternative to other types of trees because of its quick growth.

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You can also make toys with wood. Can you imagine yourself as a toymaker?

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Of course you don’t have to be male and looking like Santa : )

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                                   Wooden displays.

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Here is a link The Coolest Woodworkers In S.F. Show Us Around Their Creative Spaces 

Interviews with Woodworkers.

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I will leave you with this short video from Steve Ramsey. Watch, watch please, 2 min.