San Francisco, CA
The best decision or biggest turning point in the success of my business:
When the recession hit, I was running multiple crews/ jobs at the same time. Coordinating everything was a big-time job. I was working tons of hours. Now my business is smaller, but still very productive, and I have my sanity.
The biggest challenge of running my own company:
Paperwork and letting go and admitting I cannot personally do all aspects of a given job. I have to trust my workers or my subcontractors to do the job well.
My favorite part about running my own painting business:
Setting my own hours is great. I love that my office is always changing. Sometimes I work on a location looking dead on at the Golden Gate Bridge. Other times I’m enjoying the sun on the other side of the city.
The best business advice I ever got was:
“First get the job, then figure out how to get it done.”
What would you like to tell young people entering the business?
Never bid a job for less than what you are willing to do it for. Take every job you can, no matter how small — you never know what doors it may open.