Starting a home renovation business isn’t easy, but it’s definitely not impossible. Andy and I have had our challenges along the way, but we wouldn’t have gotten where we are today if we’d listened to some of the people in our lives when we got started.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how far we’ve come, how hard we’ve worked, and how we’ve proven some people wrong along the way. That inspired me to think about the people who helped us get here—and the people we had to let go of (or at least ignore) to accomplish our dreams. So, if you’re getting started with renovating or restoring old homes, I recommend shutting your ears to these three people.
People Who Say You Can’t Do It
First of all, there are going to be at least a few people who don’t believe in you. Whether they tell you that you’re not up to the hard work, or they just think that starting your own real estate business is a big risk, these people are only voicing their own fears. They’re telling you why they can’t start a home renovation business and why they need to stick to their office jobs.
On the other hand, if you have people in your life who are skeptical but open-minded, you should definitely listen to them. These are people who care about you and want to help you figure out what’s going to work and what won’t. So don’t ignore them just because they question you, but do pay attention to how they question you and whether or not they have positive suggestions.
People Who Keep Reminding You of Past Failures
Every entrepreneur will have a few failures under their belt before they get to their big success, whether they’re a real estate investor or a tech start-up CEO. People who remind you of all of those failures don’t understand this, and they’ll use those reminders to instill doubt in you. Just like people who tell you that you can’t do it, people who keep reminding you of your past attempts and failures aren’t really talking about your shortcomings, but rather their own.
Again, though, be aware of how people talk to you about the past, present, and future. Andy and I have some friends who’ve talked to us about some of the mistakes we’ve made along the way, but they’ve had positive input and questions about how we’ve learned from those. These conversations are really great, and they can be very productive for starting a successful home renovation business.
People Who Try to Use You
As you get more success in your business, some of your naysayers will turn around, and some other “friends” will start coming out of the woodwork. And they’ll all want something. They’ll have all kinds of reasons that you should take care of them, hire them, or bring them on as a partner. It’s not necessarily a bad idea to hire friends and family, but be careful. You only want to hire and work with people who are positive, hard workers, not people who just show up once you’ve started to succeed. Be especially wary of people who try to manipulate you into thinking you owe them something.
In general, I like to surround myself with family and friends who have a good work ethic and really love to see beautiful projects come together. The more you do this, and the more you focus on your home renovation projects, the easier it is to avoid all kinds of toxic people.