Pedro J. owns "Pete’s Enterprises, LLC", a repair and salvage company. The bulk of Pete’s (Pedro's) business comes from repairing outdoor power equipment, e.g., lawn mowers, weed eaters, power sprayers, or anything else with a small engine. Pete picks up, repairs, and returns the equipment for one price. If the customer decides not to have Pete fix the equipment, Pete charges a small fee to compensate for his time and fuel. If the customer has Pete fix the equipment, Pete waives the consultation charge.
Pete keeps his advertising costs low, preferring instead to let his reputation bring him business. With approximately 500 clients, Pete says he stays busy throughout the lawn care season, which in Texas usually lasts nine months. When winter comes, Pete does home repairs for his customers. He says that he does all general repairs except work that requires extensive electrical or plumbing know-how. On average, he says that about 75% of his business comes from repairing lawn equipment with about 25% from home repairs.
Another aspect of Pete’s Enterprises is salvaging miscellaneous materials and items people no longer want. Through word of mouth, Pete says people learn to call him when they have something they want to get rid of. He picks the items up and takes them to his store which serves as his repair shop and doubles as a storefront for the salvaged goods. He sells what he can, and gives the rest to individuals in need.
This loan from ACCION Texas-Louisiana serves as operating capital for Pete to meet business expenses. Even with the home repairs that Pete does, business is slower for Pete during the winter. Pete keeps a full array of parts in his inventory at all times. This loan helps Pete buy inventory so that he is ready when the lawn-mowing season gets under way. Eventually, Pete wants to hire a full-time associate whom he can train to help him handle the volume of service calls. He advertises through Yellow Pages which has his business’ information and also shows customer feedback. Check it out at the link below: http://www.yellowpages.com/sugar-land-tx/mip/petes-mobile-lawnmower-shop-451306589.
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