Hard Work Pays Off
I love this quote. I feel it often lately. Since we returned from Italy, I've been very fortunate to start a number of new projects. It's a busy time for home remodels in San Francisco, and based off of the multiple inquiries we receive a week, I will be starting even more new projects in early 2016. It's an exciting time. And an important one.
I think many business owners are dreaming of the day when clients just come in, many referral based, all awesome people you can't wait to work with. And if you're like me, you say yes to everything. You say yes to taking on more work than you ever have in your career. And hopefully you are prepared and organized enough to execute successfully!
Our company is a service based business. All architects, designers and contractors are. And if you run a service based business, you better love helping people. Yes you need to be creative and master the skills it takes to be at top of your profession. But it is just as important that you love helping people. Because you are going to do a ton of meeting with them, collaborating with them, emailing with them, etc. And trust me, if you don't like working with people, it will shine through. And that's not good for anyone.
Everyone I work with loves helping people. If you want successful projects, it's a must. Of course, we all have days where we don't want to be around anyone, where we just want to stay home and lock the door and work away in silence. I actually feel like this most of the time! And I honor that feeling so that on the days I do have meetings, I'm full and ready to give my all and be as helpful and collaborative as I can.
On average we meet with one to two new clients a week. We go to their homes and talk and walk around. And we give. We share our ideas and expertise. We obviously don't end up working with everyone we meet. But that's not really the point. The point is that we really love our jobs and we really care about helping people with their home remodel. We know it's not easy, we know it's a complicated and expensive process. And we are here to help.
I think we tend to focus on the glamorous parts of a business. It's not as fun to talk about the everyday stuff. Every successful business knows how to work hard in silence and let success be the noise.