It was not an easy task to start a business on your own. Ten years back when I aka Greg was not at all rich and without any back up it gets tough to start a business such as window installation. Previously I worked as a worker under someone and my job was to install window and doors. This experience was my real asset at that time when I started my own venture.
The way things started
A Loan from my friend kick started my business. Thankfully my friend created his own personal business, Plano Auto Glass, and could relate to every struggle I faced. He knew that I had what it took to succeed and was willing to take the risk. However, the flow of work was slow at that time. I was clear on one thing from the start of my business that I will put same hard work and care for every order irrespective of the amount. As I was a worker I knew how to do cost cutting and this helped me a lot in my first phase of business. The other thing that helped was my precision with work. It bought a great deal of goodwill and future work.
Getting used to the business world
At first, it was very much tough for me to get acquainted with the style of business. I am a very shy person and it made very hard to bargain with customers and suppliers. Later, I taught myself that business and I are two different entities. I convinced myself that whatever I am doing in business is for the business and it has nothing do with my personality. This helped me a lot to get over my primary shyness. The other thing was to maintain a good relation with the customer. I always made sure that the customer is satisfied. This customer satisfaction is crucial to the longevity and success of business.
Building an infrastructure
As I said, it was tough in the starting to accumulate proper fund. Later on, I focused on building up a good amount of assets and supply to get bigger orders. I always knew that to get big orders from builders I will require a strong backup force. This is why from the starting of my business I used to keep a fund aside to develop the base of business. After 10 years I can proudly say that this principle paid a lot of dividend to me in my business life.
Things I learned
For me, business is not about the present. It is about how you did about past and what are you thinking about the future. How well I do in the nest ten years will definitely have something to do with my last Ten years.