She is a guest here, because , despite challenges,  she made it go right and

established her studio and business and a producing artist now.

She uses traditional and modern methods to do her job. And  she is located in Gainesville, Florida.

I’m going to let her tell her story. Very inspiring! 

 But before I go, you know how Grant Cardone says “Success is your duty, obligation and your responsibility”.

I think Leslie is a living example of that. And thank you so much Leslie,  for sharing your story with  the world.

Leslie Tharp


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

I’d come out of art school around the time the economy was failing and there seemed to be zero well paid creative jobs in my field. After picking up some different jobs and working for minimal pay in fields I wasn’t passionate about, I decided it was time to get serious about selling my artwork.

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

I was mostly worried I would be rejected. That no one would appreciate my skills. I got through my anxiety by making lists of tasks to complete by certain dates, and then treating them like homework assignments. I put aside time every couple days to get something crossed off the list.


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

1-I signed up for every cheap or free tutorial, blog series, or workshop on owning a business. I had a whole slew of creative and technical skills to make beautiful art, but knew very little about how to sell that art. These tutorials would cover topics like pricing my work, budgeting for costs, negotiating contracts, utilizing social media and more.

2-I budgeted time to work on my business. I chose to wake up an hour earlier to work on my website before work, or dedicate 5 hours of my Saturday to being in the studio, methodically practicing new techniques. Basically, I had to prioritize my time, and make sure I was showing up and putting in the hours even when I was tired or would rather be fishing.

3-I found ways of surrounding myself with folks doing similar things. It really helped to know other people were in the same boat as me. We shared tips on getting started, but we also drank coffee and complained about how broke we were. It was just what I needed.

4-I started saving money to buy tools. $40 for a grinder one month. The next month I could afford a $50 vice. I didn’t have much extra income at the time so this was tough, but bit by bit I started building my shop.

5-I made time and space to make my art. It was really hard to learn all the business stuff, work a bunch of jobs, and still be creative and make art. I started clocking my hours, and proving to myself that if I just showed up to do the work than inevitably the work would get done.

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

All the time! I’m really stubborn though, so I’m used to just gritting my teeth and going for it. It helped to know other people who were at the same stage as me, trying to create their own art business , having the same issues (we even got to complain together) and also searching for mentors.

I organized a group of artists in town and we would meet and hold meeting in each others’ studios. This group helped me meet people who were finding success in creative fields, and they would help me sort out problems I was having.

Q: Did you invest a lot of money?

I started small by buying power tools at local pawn shops. Probably $50 a month for the first 6 months. I was able to acquire basic shop tools that way, which included a drill, grinder, safety gear, and some other handy tools. After about 6 months I began investing in “big ticket items” like a  , forge, anvil, and oxy/acetylene set up. Those each cost anywhere from $300-$600. With those items I could operate a modest blacksmithing business and would only have to come up with the cash for coal and gas to burn. It wasn’t until I got my first big sculpture commission that I bought a nice welder, which cost me $1400. Over the next couple years I spent nearly everything I made on buying large tools for the shop, a power hammer, plasma cutter, all the big investments that could in the long run would increase my efficiency and make me money. It took several years to have a shop that wasn’t always in need of something, but I was able to get there without having a dime to my name when I began.

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

Interest in my artwork and custom metalworking has increased and I hope to move into a larger metal studio in a couple years and possibly bring in some help, as I typically make large public art sculptures or large custom metal projects.

Part of my original business model was to incorporate teaching into my practice. I love teaching and it was so difficult for me to find someone to learn from in Florida when I caught the blacksmithing bug, so it always seemed like a great idea to offer blacksmithing classes. I’ve been teaching in my studio for about 5 years, but interest has really picked up lately and I’m working to expand that endeavor into a blacksmithing school, under the name of Leslie Tharp Designs that offers both short terms and long term learning opportunities that focus on the art of blacksmithing.

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

Be willing to learn and adapt as you go and take every opportunity you can to refine the way you run your business.  Enjoy the ride! It’s a wild one, but it’s so worth it!


The Chase, photo by Historia Photography
The Chase, photo by Historia Photography
Out of the Woods
Summer Showers

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Photo by Angela Boggs Photogrpahy


Lift – photo by Historia Photography


Lift – photo by Historia Photography



Photo by Sean Deckert
Photo by Sean Deckert
Photo by Sean Deckert



Only the legs by Leslie













Hello everybody.

Today we are with Mauricio Munoz.

He is the founder and owner of Pressure Washing Clearwater.

His web :

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. 
























I say , Great Job!








A lovely casual businesswoman having an enjoyable discussion with another person.

HEY guys! All of you within the U.S. or in other countries.  I hope you are getting motivated to start your business, imagine and create solutions for problems (in your life or otherwise).

The subjects I talk about here  (the business ideas)  whether it’s pottery, woodwork, tile work, writing, soap making, card making, travel journalism, on and on…I am interested in all these creations myself!

I couldn’t possibly do all these by myself, that’s where you come in….: ) Chuckle.

You start producing, making money, being independent, I’ll be happy for you and for me.

It’s not like producing things myself, but close enough, I’ll be your motivational person for success. : )

Having said that,  I realized the necessity of having examples for the points I make.

Otherwise it’s a “One woman show” : ) I talk you listen, you might not believe in the things I am talking about. So I’ve got to prove them to you, right.

Change: I am letting you know that I will be interviewing small business owners or people that change conditions in their sphere, that are being successful, that had/have challenges, and they are continuously overcoming those.