WORK YOUR WAY UP

 

 

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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I say , Great Job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS-NATURAL SOAP MAKING

Have you thought about starting a Soap Business?

I wouldn’t follow any recipe I find online, since you will be creating a chemical fusion ..

If there are classes at your local colleges about soap making or any workshops by someone, give it a try. There might be online classes from experienced soap makers.

Follow these rules and you should be alright. 

-Work in a well ventilated area.

-Wear your goggles and gloves.

-Use plastic container for your prep work. Apparently glass containers can break and aluminum can        cause toxic reaction. So basically use a big bucket.

– Mix Lye with water only one way , which is pour the LYE into the water- slowly. 

    DO NOT put water into the LYE!!

 I would strongly recommend NOT putting synthetically made colors and smells in your soaps.Use natural elements, flowers, oatmeal, fruit pieces etc. and essential oils.

There are some soap makers out there that don’t care to use natural ingredients. They are more worried about visual qualities of soap.

But you don’t do that. Separate yourself from the others. 

What you are going to do is , keep your ingredients simple at first (if you are short on money), this means, make one or two kinds of soaps. Later when you earn money and invest in your business, buy more ingredients to create a bit more variety.

So, pick a recipe, produce some bars, , wrap them individually with a nice and natural paper. Or you could just take them as they are without paper. Totally fine. Maybe even more attractive. Put them in a big basket. Then you are going to knock on doors in your neighborhood. You are going to say, here I make these soaps at home, I bring it to your door. “How often do you want them to be delivered?”       is the question you will ask them. This way you create a subscription system. After you got every family in your neighborhood, you go to the next neighborhood.
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Image from Treefortnaturals @ Etsy

You can tell them “when you buy liquid soaps, you are actually paying for “water+soap” instead of just soap. Not to mention, conventional brand of soaps have many harmful ingredients. 

True though, isn’t it?

At my co-op here, they have a section for natural soaps, they are not packaged. So many options, I couldn’t decide which one to pick! You pick them like you would get bulk food (put them in a little brown bag and pay, they only have a little sticker with barcode on them).

If you don’t have a co-op store or natural food store, conventional grocery stores might be interested in  locally made natural soaps….

You can sell your soaps at farmers market as well.

If we summarize, your market is 

1- Houses

2- Farmers Markets

3- Grocery and other stores

4-You can consider online stores (your own web site, Etsy, Amazon etc. but your soaps won’t be as affordable to public because of shipping ).

Basically start from your neighborhood, then move beyond. Because you know people in your neighborhood need soaps and you are delivering them.

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There are apparently two ways of making soap.

1- Cold-Process Soap : You use oils and Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)-  historically Lye has been used in           soap making. Make sure to pay close attention to the ratio of oil and lye. 

2-Glycerin Soap (clear soap): With this you use glycerin, alcohol/sugar solution and more chemicals.

     Read more on this here

I think Cold-Process Soap is simpler, If I were you, I would go with that . And I’m not. ; )

Here is a story I came across, read and be inspired. From huffintonpost.com

 Dennis Anderson, Anderson Soap Company: Onetime Homeless Man Starts A Soap Business

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When Dennis Anderson was living out of his car and unable to shower daily, it was hard to imagine he’d go on to start a upscale handmade soap business one day…..

Read more his story here

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You could make package deals for your customers. A pack with 3 soaps, a pack with 6 soaps etc.

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mirasolfarm @ Etsy

This video says “hot process soap video” but it’s actually cold process soap (Lye soap).

One more thing to add, you need to cure your soaps 6 to 8 weeks. So make them ahead of time!

Good productions!