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Small Business Survives Tough Economy - How It Survived and Grew
Home based residential service business manages to survive through the toughest of times during what has been deemed the worst ecomony since the Great Depression. Matter of fact, it saw 25% average annual growth rates from 2008 through 2012.
Prior to getting involved in the residential garage door field of services, the owner, Mike, of Honest Garage Door Service (www.honestgaragedoorservice.com)
The decision was made to trust and believe that the experiences and knowledge gathered up until this point in time had prepared Mike for this new venture. It was time to step out and take a risk. Mike knew it would not be easy, but he pulled ahead and kept going. Day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year Mike pulled through the tough times. He dedicated his life to the success of his business. He spent tireless hours studying competitors and other successful businesses with ideals similar to his.
Mike believed that you should treated people like you would want to be treated. He actually learned this from the Bible when he was a kid to "do to others as you would have them do to you." - Luke 6:31. There is a faith-based belief side to all of this also. Mike grew up in a Christian home and learned Judeo-Christian values such as honesty, integrity, and hard work from his parents and grandparents.
Mike has worked since he was 11 or 12 years old when he took on a paper route for the local newspaper. In his early teen years he would go around and ask to perform odd jobs for his neighbors and friends. He dug holes, pulled weeks, mowed lawns, babysat once (once!), and eventually got a job as a cashier at local supermarket after which he moved up to working in produce. At 15-16 years old he began to learn the electrical trade from his father and eventually ended up working at an electrical company for friends of his father. Mike excelled very quickly and was in high regard with his boss after just a short time. This led to Mike joining the local electrical union to work and attend apprenticeship classes, but the economy gave out in 1990 causing him to have to rethink new direction in life regarding work.
Mike ended up joining the U.S. Navy and going to school to be an Electronics Technician specializing in Surface Search RADAR troubleshooting and maintenance. Six years later he left the Navy to work for Qualcomm, Inc. out of San Diego, CA, as a Cell Phone Repair Technician with a leadership role. Moving on to work for Samsung Telecommunications America in Richardson, TX, to which he held a leadership role and helped in production planning for their Cell Phone Remanufacturing divison. After this Mike moved to Arizona where he finished up his college degree at the University of Phoenix, meanwhile learning the trade of garage door repairs and installations. 10 months of training went by and he broke off and started his own business in garage doors. The company he had learned the trade from were a bunch of crooks who only cared about themselves and did not take care of their employees or customers very well for that matter.
Mike took his ability to learn fast and do what he learned well and to ask questions and his high level of initiative to a point in his life where he would use those skills and characteristics to own, operate, and manage his own small business. His experiences and faith-based beliefs backed with actions to those beliefs helped him to become successful. Mike's business success came as a result of treating people's garage door systems as he would treat his own. His sincerity and honesty with his clients caused them to call him back and refer others to his business. His trusting in God to provide for all his needs even through the slow economic times is what helped him through it the most.
Honest Garage Door Service (www.honestgaragedoorservice.com) exists to provide sincere and honest garage door and opener repairs and/or installations to the people of the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, while conveying the love of Jesus Christ to the best of its abilities. God gets the glory for the success of this company, not Mike.
Page Updated Last on: Feb 20, 2013