Q. Kindly give our readers an introduction to your business. Please include what your business is all about, in which city you are located and if you have offices in multiple locations/ cities.
A. Pest Control Xperts is a family owned company since 1995. We have been operating in Hudson County and have been in business to control and help with pest control issues. We are currently now servicing Middlesex and Monmouth counties.
Q. Kindly give us a brief description about yourself (it should include your brief educational or entrepreneurial background and list some of your major achievements).
A. I have been managing and operating the business since the beginning. I am responsible to over see excellent customer service, quality pest control and raise awareness within the community. I have a degree in respiratory therapy and have implemented my knowledge in the health field in being aware of the importance and concerns of health implications involved in pest control.
Q. What inspired you to (start a new business venture) or (to make significant changes in an existing business)? How did the idea for your business come about?
A. My inspiration began after learning about the importance of ones respiratory overall health. I am an outdoor person and learned about wildlife early in life. I believe in pest control and implementing proper precautions.
Q. What three pieces of advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
A. My first advice would be to find something to be passionate about. My second advice would be to learn as much as possible about your business. The third would be to show the value and dedication you offer to customers.
Q. What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
A. Clarity, organization, take action.
Q. How many hours do you work a day on average?
A. When you love what you do your time is part of your life and business however, pest control concerns are handled within an 8 and 40-hour workweek.
Q. To what do you most attribute your success?
A. The dedication I put into my business, employees and the trust my customers have in me.
Q. How do you go about marketing your business? What has been your most successful form of marketing?
A. Word of mouth
Q. Where did your organizations funding/capital come from and how did you go about getting it? How did you obtain investors for your venture?
A. I used my own capital and grew
Q. What is the best way to achieve long-term success?
A. Dedication, a well organized plan and execution.
Q. Where you see yourself and your business in 5 – 10 years?
A. Expanding and providing service in other areas in New Jersey
Q. How important have good employees been to your success?
A. It is very important to have employees that share your passion and views.
Q. What motivates you?
A. My concern for the community, where I live, my family and friends lives.
Q. What are your ideals?
A. To live in a healthy environment, safe place, and friendly community. To educate companies.
Q. How do you define success?
A. Doing what you love and being referred by satisfied customers.
Q. How do you build a successful customer base?
A. From establishing good customer relationships
Q. What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
A. I meet very interesting people and establish good relationships
Q. What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
A. When I have handled an issue properly and humanely
Q. What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?
A. You are responsible for another person’s safety and training and when working for someone else the responsibility is on your employer to provide guidance and one is there to learn.
Q. What kind of culture exists in your organization? How did you establish this tone and why did you institute this particular type of culture?
A. I have various ethnic and cultural backgrounds; in today’s world, all employees provide the same customer and quality service.
Q. In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.
Q. How did you decide on the location for your business?
A. I lived near the area I first began the business
Q. Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
A. Desire, passion and action
Q. Who has been your greatest inspiration?
A. My family and helping people find a solution.
Q. What book has inspired you the most? (OR what is your favorite book?)
A. Tony Robins and Robert Green.
Q. What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
A. I enjoy playing Golf, reading and the beach.
Q. What makes you happy?
A. Spending time with family and friends and meeting new people