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rob allen

Staff member
Sep 5, 2007
Real Name
Robert Allen,Jr.
Business Location
United States
The statistics don't really surprise me because its commonly accepted that most people fail at starting a business or so it seems.

However, this was a good prompt to think out 5 years. Its kind of scary doing this but I think one thing having the 5 year plan does it can solidify the commitment. And, I think commitment is something that can be used to remain strong.

At first my 5 year plan (in my head) was something like this:

Buy startup equipment > pay off startup equipment year 1 (under $10K) > do com/res days not watching kids > build credibility and reviews > continue to work around families schedule > save CASH > Buy home > continue business if desired or do something else

Now my 5 year (on paper) is like this (abbreviated):

Start with carpet cleaning and adding services like carpet / color repair and hard surface cleaning and later moving into restoration and power washing and either hiring someone to train and develop and run the truck or have them run a second truck. Eventually working more on the business vs in the business. More of a commitment to creating a real business that grows into a larger service provider.
Right on John!


Well-Known Member
Mar 3, 2019
Real Name
John Cartegna
Business Location
United States
Agree except for one point. I have found the more I learn the less I knew about something. Which should not surprise us. Many think of an ant or a molecule as simple. But then after breaking them downon a scientific level we are stunned by the complexity and intricate design. A ton of forethought went into everything by the creator and the more I learn the more I am in awe.
Amen to this brotha.

More I learn the less I knew. I think that's why young people tend to be more cocky and arrogant. They don't know what they don't know yet! lol