Here is an amazing story about how the hard work done by you and your team wishing to start a small business can pay off in ways never imagined. I was greatly inspired by this story after doing an interview over the phone with Si, one of the founders of Gutter Gurus Victoria, a small gutter installation business on Vancouver Island. Get ready for some intense inspiration!
Si was down and out with very little prospects. He was tired of working for others who didn’t care about his longevity and had countless other personal problems. It was daunting at first, but he dreamed of starting his own business. For years he worked to near-minimum wage with this dream in mind, and if it wasn’t for some inspiration he heard listening to Grant Cardone he may never have taken the huge risk of quitting his job and getting an immense line of credit to follow his dream.
His dream was do the one thing he knew best, installing, repairing, cleaning and replacing gutters for commercial and residential clients. The first week of having his business made he nearly lost all hope. He didn’t know how to market and not a single client seemed to need his services. He resorted to old school ways of marketing, knocking on doors, cold calling, etc, and just when he wanted to give up he got his first lead nearly a month later.
This one lead was what really changed his life. He treated this one gutter installation job as if it were the most important thing in the world. He spent his time to work the extra mile and make sure there wasn’t a single flaw. He also gave his client the best deal he could. The client recognized the sacrifices Si was making and was so impressed he referred Si to his friend who needed a full gutter replacement. One job lead to the next and after doing the same process of working the extra mile, this led to yet another job. For the next few years Si picked up work from all around Langford and Greater Victoria doing gutter cleaning and replacement. Not once did he slip, maintaining his top-notch work ethic and perfection. News spread and soon he was able to hire one of the best guttering system teams in British Columbia.
Si described to me how he cried, realizing he had reached a level of success he had never even dreamed of. Now Gutter Gurus Victoria is still growing. I think this story is so amazing and worth sharing on Today’s West Bound Business Success because at one moment Si was down and out, in fear of failure and on the edge of giving up. Then next thing he realized hard work really does pay and he owes his success to no one but himself for going the extra mile. This day, Si deserves every ounce of his success and no one can tell him otherwise.
If perhaps you have a dream of starting a business or perhaps you already did and you’re losing hope, just think of how this story can relate to you. Understand that hard work always pays back and if you’re willing to work the extra mile and do the small things your competitors aren’t doing then you’re bound to succeed. Look at Si’s example and see how a troubled man with a dream can turn into the founder of one of the top gutter companies in his area. I’m so proud of this little business for doing what it did and believe it’s a great example for all of us to follow.
Now before I let you go I want to lay down a list of things we should remember from this story:
- If you have a dream, it’s worth taking a big risk to pursue it.
- Don’t be afraid to do whatever it is that you’re really good at.
- Have a role model, someone that can inspire you with their words, and listen to them often.
- When you first start out and have no leads, don’t fret and don’t give up. Keep trying and those leads will come.
- When you get your first lead, treat it like it’s the most important thing in the world.
- When you start to get more leads, keep treating them just like you did for that very first one. Don’t slip. Don’t slow down.
- Don’t be afraid to grow your team to meet demand.
- Keep working hard, and it will redound in ways you never dreamed of!
Thank you for reading. I hope this inspired you! Come back soon for more advice, news and motivation for small business success!