Inside the Mind of a Small Business Owner
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THANK YOU! (for 13 years of support)
PoWeR Windows & Gutters has officially closed it’s doors after a nearly 13 year run. I have taken the last few months to reflect & I want to say THANK YOU to every single person who supported this endeavor along the way. I started PoWeR with no formal experience & a dream. That dream was realized almost every day for the last 13 years!
In 2005 I was unhappy & bored @ school. I didn’t know what I wanted to do yet, but I definitely did not want to commit my entire career to what I was studying. Being young & fearless can have its advantages. In spring of 2006 I took a leap of faith & I started a company Called PoWeR Windows & Gutters (window washing & gutter cleaning). I had no professional experience washing windows but identified there was a need for this service. I also did not realize how difficult it was to wash so many windows day in & out. Finding clients & organizing the schedule proved to be even harder.
It wasn’t always easy but I was determined. Besides everyone’s support, I attribute 3 things to the last 13 years: honesty, hard work & belief. Honesty might be the most important attribute to any business. Honesty leads to trust & if a client knows they can trust you, they will generally help you along the way (recommending you to others). Hard work tends to speak for itself. When you give your best effort each day, you will improve on the day before. If you continue to give this type of effort, over time you will find some form of success. Belief is equally vital. At the beginning, times can be extremely tough & trying. Sometimes you feel on top of the world, but sometimes a job doesn’t go so well or there is no work at all. These are the times you need to remember why you started the business in the first place. The belief you had in your dream on day one.
Why did PoWeR close? We closed our doors because I could no longer provide the quality of work people became used to. Due to a lower back injury, I just could not keep up with the day in, day out demands. The work didn’t cause the injury, my doctor said it was hereditary (although all the hours probably accelerated the process). Now don’t start feeling sorry for me because I definitely don’t feel sorry for myself. Life will throw you all types of curve balls and if you aren’t ready for them, you won’t get very far.
What are you going to do next? That is the #1 question I have been asked since we closed. I have been mulling over a few ideas the last couple months, so I am starting with my first blog post. But more importantly I wanted to use this platform to say thank you to everyone who supported me the last 13 years.
"Thank you for giving a young, inexperienced kid a chance. Thank you for trusting me in your home. Thank you for teaching me about life & allowing me to grow. Thank you for helping me live my dream. From the bottom of my heart, thank you …"
Peter Robert Wengerski – just a kid with a dream