Be Prepared: Advice From The Faces Of Main Street

2 min read • May 21, 2015 • Erik Larson

Here at Lendio, our passion is seeing people live the American Dream. Not only are people improving their own lives by running a business, they’re improving a community. A lot of the people we interview for Faces of Main Street powered by Lendio, a site dedicated to telling every entrepreneur’s story, give some really great business advice. Here is some insightful advice on becoming a better business owner by being prepared.

Be Prepared To Stick Through The Tough Times

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Business Owner: Claudia Escarci
Business: Border Cuisine
Location: Saratoga Springs, Utah

Advice: “Don’t let anybody tell you that you cannot do it, because you will always be able to. If you really believe in yourself and you believe in what you are doing, there is always a way to do it. It might be hard at the beginning, and you might feel like you are not going to be successful, but it will work out in the end— I’m sure of it.”

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Be Prepared With The Right Things

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Business Owner: Bob Zierk
Business: Robert Kelly Home
Location: Park City, Utah

Advice: “Owning a business is a lot of hard work. Getting everything started and getting the ball rolling can be tough. It takes the right location, the right product, and the right personnel. You have to make sure everyone is up to speed, knows their stuff, and is committed. It’s certainly not an absentee management style, I am here 6 days a week, not all day long, usually about a 5 or 6 hour day, but that’s why we came out here, we want to get out and enjoy the outdoors.”

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Be Prepared For Change


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Business Owner: Mark Nelson
Business: Nelson’s Florida Roses
Location: Apopka, Florida

Advice: “We’ve been through hurricanes and freezes that were early, so we weren’t prepared, and hail storms—  one storm broke 18 greenhouses worth of glass… We’ve tried to ‘control’ the weather with generators for pumps/power, protection from freezes, we’ve done everything we can do, but no matter what, in the agriculture business, you’ll never be totally prepared for a big disaster. You can be prepared to make changes and stay positive in every situation.”

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Erik Larson

Erik Larson frequently writes for Lendio about SEO, Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Business Loans, and whatever else strikes his fancy. He can be found on Google+ and Twitter.