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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GOALS AND SERIOUSNESS

Hello everybody.

Clarify your goals in life.  Keep taking actions towards them…ideally big continuous actions, if not even the small ones will do! Continuing is more important then the size of the actions.

Of course, unless there is an emergency or something.

About seriousness, God knows I have work to do at this myself.  Taking life seriously doesn’t make you successful, I know that.

And we know the importance of this when we get out of the “business of seriousness” for a bit…not that we plan, but it happens sometimes…right?

Here’s a video (2.5 min) you can watch and see what I mean…Will Ferrell, I don’t feel he is worried about how he looks….he is more focused on entertaining people. I love it! We appreciate this quality in people, being genuine. He gives people freedom.

It’s a quality we are missing in the world, we are all obsessively trying to fit in the norms.

Anyway, my suggestion is, keep your eyes on your goals, do the best you can but don’t be too serious. So what  if you are not perfect (according to others) at something you don’t care much about, that’s alright…

BLOG OF ALL BLOGS

So I have blogs on this site Blogger, WordPress and Weebly.

I just paid Weebly  $30 to have the blog name without the “weebly.com” part.

Apparently I need to pay another $40. Dang, I wasn’t expecting that! So pay $30 it is still the same thing.

But when I compare Blogger, WordPress and Weebly, I’ll define Blooger as more traffic getting, WordPress very annoying (I have it free so I don’t even have the option of changing the font!) and Weebly, even though I paid a bit and still have the same thing (oh they showed me the stats but not the totals, just daily, so it’s not that useful) but it has the best picture quality and it is easy to change font size.

A little whizzy but if you need to open a blog or anything, these are your options.

MAGIC QUESTION

The secret to life and success is not so much what we CAN’T DO but what we CAN DO.

We more or less know what we can’t do. Therefore we need to focus on the question of how CAN I improve myself and my surrounding, how can I create my business and make money?

These are the questions you should be asking yourself.

A person who can plan something and achieve it, feels good about himself/herself and life, right? That’s a fact.

This mainly comes from focusing on the things you CAN do, trusting yourself, your abilities and your skills.

TRAVEL JOURNALISM

This is something you can do if you naturally like travelling.

There are various ways of travel. Ship travelling, plane travelling, train travelling, bike travelling! and why not walk travelling! Oh wait, some people run travel.  Seriously. They take breaks , of course.

Think outside of the box for a second. : )

There are some “tips” for aspiring Travel Journalists online. If I were you, I wouldn’t take them too seriously.

It is all about your own creation. I’ll give you the outline of it, you can fill in the gaps.

If you can do it just for the FUN,  you can make money off of it. Basically the process is you do it for YOURSELF.

So I am not talking about the attitudes “oh I must sell my pictures to Conde Naste or Travel Magazines etc. I’d better align my experience according to their needs!”

Although you could do that if you like.

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If you love the whole subject, just keep the experience to yourself at first, meaning just experience don’t worry about others. Open your eyes and senses (it’s almost impossible not to open one’s eyes and senses when one is another country, beauty of this job).

Once you observe, interact and experience, I am sure you will have plenty of information to share.

Then you can write your blog, publish your own book and promote it. You can share your thoughts and especially your emotions. It gives people more understanding about you and your experience.

If you kept your camera near, a notebook/pen perhaps and if you also have a laptop in your hotel room or wherever you are staying, you are set. You can save all the pictures in your laptop  and write your article pieces in the evenings, that would be your job.

You can compile and share your content at certain intervals or reveal the whole creation at the end.   It is up to you.

One thing for sure, we, as people, are more interested in a person’s genuine experience.

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Summarization of the idea:

1- Do it FOR YOURSELF

2-Taking notes of your emotions as you are travelling and  notes about the places (if needed)  might  help.

3-Be organized and give it your best, in terms of article/chapter writing/ blog preparation             ( don’t worry too much about the “authorities” on the subject of travel journalism).

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How do you find the money for this?  Figure out. Work and save perhaps?  Remember, when you do that, you are buying yourself some time off basically. I did that when I was younger. In fact, each time I needed something that I couldn’t afford, that was my method. So it works.

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I would like to thank imagebase.net for the free pictures. Not only pictures are beautiful but also I didn’t have to spend time searching , they were all in one place.

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I will finish by sharing the talk of Nancy Sathre-Vogel who traveled with her family all the way from Alaska to Argentina on their bikes! (familyonbikes.org). Amazing.