Thinking of Starting Your Own Business?

The American News, Aberdeen, S.
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With a new year comes new dreams and resolve to make those dreams reality.

For those considering becoming their own bosses and starting a local business, we looked back at our 2013 business profiles and the answer to this question: “What advice would you give someone who wants to start a business?”

Customer service, long hours and dedication are key.

Good luck in 2014!

Computer CPR, Matt Pfaff: “Treat everyone like you would like to be treated.”

Aberdeen Welding Co., Brian Pfeiffer and David Sandquist: “We feel that following your dreams and realizing your potential is the first part of the American dream because every baby step you take is a big step into your future.”

Gotta Hava Java, Tiffany Russell: “My advice would be to do your research and be prepared for the ups and downs of the economy. Also be willing to devote a lot of time and be patient. The first few years are a lot of work. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and network with other business owners.”

Photo-X-Press, Amy Engelhart: “Choose your location well, and treat people right. And remember word of mouth is your best form of advertising.”

Brides N’ Belles, Gail Jacobs: “Be prepared to put in many hours. You need to have patience and be dedicated. There will be days that are harder than others, but always keep in the back of your mind that you are doing something you love. Nothing is better than that.”

Hardin’s Photography, Nikki and Joel Hardin: “Owning your own business is very interesting and a ton of work. However, it has many benefits. I would highly suggest an accounting and business degree to have that knowledge to proceed with your passion.”

Crady’s Radiator, Greg Crady: “Owning a business has many rewards, but it requires a ton of work. Customer service is the key to having a successful business.Treat your customers well and they will remember the extra effort you put forth. And, as my dad would always say, start young.”

Sander’s Sew-N-Vac/The Fabric Bin, Greg Sander: “Be willing to work hard and long hours.”

Lux Candle Company Inc., Mike Heinz: “To take pride in what you are offering to the public and remember to treat your customers with respect.”

El Jo Mar Arabian Ranch, Margaret Forseth: “Have a business plan, dedication and integrity. You will put in long hours — not just a 40-hour week, but more like an 80-hour week. It takes a lot of capital, good business skills, good people skills and leadership.”

What Women Love, Dyane Bjordal: “It takes a lot of time and hard work to keep a business growing.”

Randy’s Auto Salvage, Randy Scherbenske and Brittany Scherbenske: “Be ready to work hard and have lots of patience.”

Farmers State Bank in Hosmer, Bruce Haerter: “I believe there is great opportunity in agriculture and business in this community, county and state. If anyone is interested in starting a business, put together a well-thought-out plan and visit with your community bank.”

Asian Garden, Zhenqing Chen: “Be ready for the challenge, and keep going.”

Abby Nelson Photography, Abby Brick: “What’s there to lose? You never know until you give your dream a try, and, with hard work and dedication, it can surely pay off. Success is a wonderful feeling, and it’s addicting. Once it’s there, you just want to do whatever you can to keep it!”

Pounders, Danelle Schlaht: “The restaurant business can be one of the most brutal businesses to start. It involves many, many, many hours, not only to start but also to run. Be committed and be willing to work long, hard hours.”

Anchors of Faith, Deb Stengel: “Be prepared to work hard and many long hours, so make sure you’re doing what you love.”

Breathe.Balance.Bliss Massage Therapy, Brittany Hall: “Go for it, follow your dreams. Have a business plan and have goals.”

Ever After Baby Boutique, Ali Pasteur and Jessica Dinger: “Do your research and visit other businesses like the one you want to start and talk with their owners and let them give you advice, especially since most of have been doing it for many years.”

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