My Thoughts on What it Takes to Build a Solid Business
Having been rooted in the same business most of my life (since I was a teenager), and having been influential in the growth of American Van Lines over the past 25 years, it’s safe to say I’ve got my fair share of experience. Here is my personal advice to young business minds aiming for success, coming from someone who has seen it all.
Family First: Business is major, but nothing compares to family. Working hard is a must, but quality time spent with family is priceless, and it improves your quality of life, and if you aren’t living well, what’s the point? Time should always be made for those you love, and regardless of how hard you work, and along with how much time you invest into your work, it is imperative that you take time away regularly to reset and reconnect with your loved ones. Bar none, my family comes first.
Work Smarter (and hard): You have to stay current in your field, and you have to always be thinking of new ways to accomplish the tasks at hand. Take shortcuts only if they are proven to actually shorten time and resources spent. Invest in marketing. Give your customers 110%. Whatever drives your business, make sure you’re giving it your all.
Keep Your Goals on the Brain: What are you working for? What are you aiming for? What does the work you do each day amount to; is it part of accomplishing something greater? Set goals, and keep these in mind daily as you work toward them, step-by-step, brick-by-brick.
You’re Only as Good as Your Team: Build a quality team around you and you’re going to have a second family in your work environment. These individuals can help foster your vision, and help to create it. Choose individuals who match your commitment to quality service and excellent customer relations. Anyone can hone a skill; hire on character as well, and you will want these people around for the long-term, which is essential if you’re aiming to build a long-lasting service.
Give Back: Consider your community as an extension of your family; giving back adds purpose to your business. Feeling great about the things your business is doing is an amazing way to boost morale, and to see your goals in action knowing you are making a difference in the world.
Entrepreneurial success, no doubt is going to take a lot of time, effort, and work, however don’t let life interfere with your vision. Anthony Disorbo has built an incredibly successful business based on a commitment to his people and finding new avenues to drive the direction of it. Above all, remember that perseverance will give you an edge above the majority of your competition, so just keep at it!