I’m somewhat frustrated with the thought that so many people who want to be entrepreneurs, feel that they have to build an app or start some kind of virtual company selling products. But there are not many people educating in the Blue Collar spaces. I have a feeling, that there are many people out there who would love to make over 100k per year and control their own schedule. They also may NOT want to be a CEO of a big company.
I want to point out that there is A LOT of opportunity in the trade-based businesses. By taking your constant desire to improve and optimize, why not apply those skills to business who could use a TON of improvement or optimizing?
I own a Cabinet business that will bring in over 300k this year with only a three-person team! No need for software developers and a large full time staff- it’s pretty simple.
I have many friends who have done the same thing in different trades: Residential Painting, Lawncare, Pressure Washing, etc. But people will say, “I don’t want to be a painter or a pressure washer, blah, blah, blah” HERE’S THE THING. With the proper system in place, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to! Do what you want or good at, and hire the rest.
With my Cabinet Business, I wouldn’t say that I love cabinets BUT I do like getting to meet new people, so I fit in well with giving estimates to homeowners. So I simply found someone that Does love cabinets. I give the estimates, he does the labor. Things can be setup up so simply, that I find myself getting very passionate about putting a spotlight on the fact that not everyone needs to start a tech company. With the right amount of actual initiative, you can make 6 figures your first year providing a service that people are willing to pay for!
Comments, Q and A
- I own my own lawn sprinkler service/install company. The last yr did $225,000 in sales decided it was time to hire and not do it all. Have grown but not enough to cover the added cost of an employee. Would love advice and tools to grow and become more successful. It has been a slow build but a good one.I typically find clients by Home ad visor is the easy way. Costs $12-$25 per lead. Not job. They still need to like you and your prices. And 2 other contractors get their phone number too. And good old fashioned flier in a paper box. Tried postcards but wasn’t worth the money in return. Word of mouth is pretty good. Be personable honest and fair and it’ll get you the world.
- I’ve started a blue collar business as well, using the things I’ve learned here and on some of the facebook groups, I’m on. Those businesses are ripe for a change using white collar methods. I would love to see the videos you are talking about.
- What it comes down to is this: most people have this idea that they are going to make an app and it’s going to be the next facebook and their idea is “the one.” They don’t want to put in the effort or work to do so – they are looking for the shortcut/easy way to a cushy life. The reality is you can make good money doing just about anything as long as you either a. are very good at it or b. differentiate yourself from the competition.
- Yeah, I definitely agree with you, too many people think that a start-up company NEEDS to be centered around an idea in the tech industry. I just graduated from college about a year ago as a mechanical engineer and am now working for a consulting engineering company. The opportunities for people to go out on their own and start small consulting engineering companies (NOT dealing with software engineering or computer science) that focus on a single niche are virtually endless.
You’re very right, OP! I know a lady who immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador. She worked hard, toiling well into the night and cleaning peoples’ homes and businesses. Eventually, she got so much work that she couldn’t handle it and she farmed it out to family members and later, friends. Her business grew and grew and now she has a permanent staff of 10+ cleaners and she makes well into the six figures every year.
Not everyone can–or wants to–build software/apps/all that stuff.