I got into the family plumbing business when my husband’s partner died. My husband, Hotrod, and his best friend, Richard Yox, started the company together. They had been friends since they were 8 and 9 years old. While Hotrod is a laid back guy, Yox could get wound up. His health, while not great to […]
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Michael Gerber – author of The E-Myth – calls it the “Entrepreneurial Seizure.” It’s that moment when it dawns on you that a business of your own is a great idea. You think about the freedom – financial and lifestyle – that you could enjoy. You start counting the money. You visualize “ringing the bell” at the New York Stock Exchange.
That’s not what happened to me. My husband, Hot Rod the Plumber, had a partner. Sadly, at the age of 33, his partner died. He died from a stress-induced health crisis, after working a 100-hour workweek. Sigh. It took a few months to recover from the loss as this fellow had been his best friend as well as partner. I offered to step in and help my husband. With all my education and experience, I figured it would be a snap to run the family plumbing business. […]
Below are helpful tips for home repair…working with, or without, a professional. Also, I included tips for finding a great contractor, when you are ready to call in a pro.
As a plumbing industry expert, I write a monthly column for Plumbing Heating Contractor News – These tips appeared in one of my columns, aimed at contractors, encouraging them to embrace […]
I just watched the presidential debate. Here’s what struck me. There are so many issues about which we could hope for bipartisan cooperation. Health care. Gun control. Environmental protection. National Security. But to win the election, it is essential to contrast your plan with the other candidate’s. Then, when elected, you will find nothing but […]
My son, Max, is a pretty savvy businessman. He knows what it takes to be successful: A dream, powerful intention and a solid, yet flexible, plan. Max has embraced the opportunity to work for a terrific company in Colorado. (Shout out to Shamrock Sales, Inc.!) And he is happy to report in on a good business when he discovers one. Recently, Max visited one of his customer’s shops and called me to brag on them. Turns out they were customers of mine, too. Max told me about their recruiting, hiring and training systems. He shared that they hold themselves and others to high standards and commit to delivering superior service. Cool! So, I wrote an email saying, “Good on ya!”
The owner, Tim Parker, emailed right back. Wow. He made my day.
If you have the opportunity, hire a vet. If you are a vet, you are well served to start your own business. It takes discipline and procedures, coupled with a powerful mission and clear intention, to create a successful business. You have what it takes. […]