71a839ea0870136c22a452df12aec4af0acd7af1cf599281a0 Starting a business during a recession ~ Spiller Kustoms

Monday, June 25, 2012


Starting a business during a recession

Steven started Spiller Kustoms during a very difficult time, and financially we are still unsure of our future.  Thus,I can't speak for everyone, but for us it has been a long downhill roller coaster ride.  We are finally stable enough to cover bills, but our overhead is still a nightmare.  I went into this knowing that it would be difficult in regards to starting any new business.  However, I did not foresee how much it would take to start a business with little capital.

Last year during this month, Steven was freelancing out of another shop, and we officially registered Spiller Kustoms.  However, working under someone else's business is still challenging, because you are responsible for half of the overhead, but our ability for expanding the customer base was almost impossible.  However, we were able to start the company and was operating as a mobile service with a satelite location to operate out of.  Eventually, we realize that it was not a proffitable continue our business with the other person, and so Steven went back to work at a local dealership.  The dealership was steady work, but that ended when he was laid off right after Thanksgiving.  If you don't already know, work slows down during the winter for the automotive repair industry.  It won't pick up again until the next spring when everyone is done recovering from spending during the holidays.  Well, we survived and business picked up around February. 

It has been an amazing year so far for Spiller Kustoms.  We are now renting part of a shop in beautiful Marrero La.  There are some things in the works, which I can't speak of immediately.  However,if it does go through, it will be a positive step for our business.  One thing that I have learned so far, is that hard work will give positive returns.  Spiller Kustoms operates seven days a week, and Steven's phone rings off the hook all the time still.  But, I am used to it now. 

If you have the time check out my facebook page and tell me what you think of my banner.  I designed it myself out of Photoshop.  I would love to hear what you think of our sites on facebook and twitter.  I stayed up late one night until the wee hours to get it done.  It may not be the best, but I put a lot of effort into it.  So if you have pointers for me to work on let me know.  I am still teething on blogging and creating our Brand.


Kit Kat


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