We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Ray and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
What’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with? Going to college in order to have a successful career. Entrepreneurship can be both financially and personally rewarding. College is a way to obtain a job, but entrepreneurship is a way to create your own. The skills you learn are hands-on and are rarely in a book.
What should our readers know about your business?
Essential Carpet Cleaning is a full-service floor cleaning company, specializing in carpet cleaning. We are a family-owned and operated business. Our business is unique because of the family aspect. We value the customer service that we provide to our customers the same way we value our very own family.
How did you get to where you are today business-wise?
We’ve had early success is our small business by treating it as “big” business. My drive to be an entrepreneur fuels every aspect of the business. We just keep going, even when it looks as if it produces little or no result.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
One of the most important lessons that I’ve learned is not to procrastinate when it comes to business, specifically starting business. There’s a saying, “The best time to plant a tree was five years ago.” The best time to do whatever it is in business, is right then, if not yesterday!
What do you want the world to know about you, your brand, or story?
My story started with the end in mind. My purpose for doing what I do, is to be able to have something substantial for future generations. It’s my personal contribution to help progress our neighborhoods, communities and ultimately the world…one family at a time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly, you can’t get any better hospitality than my home. My wife is an amazing hostess and cook. Any friend of mine would be welcome to my home. But if you must venture out, one of our favorite places to patron, is The Cake Bar in Trinity Groves for dessert. But only after you’ve had a good meal at Kitchen + Kocktails and if you want to cap it all off, Tipsy Tuesday Daiquiri Shoppe.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife definitely deserves a lot of credit on this journey of mine. We’ve grown together for 19 years and she helps with balancing me out and seeing things that I may not be clear on.