Don’t give up, even if you want to many times over.
Christopher Harris is a small business owner of Clean Slate Ink located in Austin, TX. He received his B.S. in construction management from Texas State University and worked in the marine construction industry for 15 years as a project manager on several mega construction projects including the New Suez Canal Expansion and very large land reclamation projects in the Middle East. Chris has extensively traveled all over the world, but calls Austin his home. After his career in marine construction, he came back home and opened Clean Slate Ink, which is the premier Laser Tattoo Removal Company in the Austin area. He is a loving father and enthusiastic Dallas Cowboys fan and loves to cook for his family. He has also published several books for children. He can be contacted at [email protected]
Where did the idea for your company come from?
People are getting undesired tattoos on a daily basis, and knew there is a decent market to help them remove the unwanted ink.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
Helping clients with removals, successfully marketing and advertising the business. I make my day productive by staying busy and learning new skill sets.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I bring ideas to life by researching google trends, and doing market studies on the idea first, if it is something that makes sense then I go for it.
What’s one trend that excites you?
The younger generation is getting many more tattoos than my generation as a result there is more tattoo remorse.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I have always had good business instincts and the ability to learn new skills quickly. I have always been able to make good money, now as an entrepreneur I make the money for myself and not someone else’s company.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to fail, and start sooner, I thought about starting a company many years before I did and was afraid to take the plunge.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, until they realize the hours and long nights it takes to start seeing success.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Continue to learn new skills, audiobooks on sales, digital marketing, advertising etc.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Advertise on social media, figure out how to do it effectively and do it often, as much as you can afford, it will help you scale.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Waited too long to hire people to help me, tried to do too much myself. Finally trusted and allowed good people to take some workload off my plate.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
E-Commerce and drop shipping is a great way to add some passive income to your life.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
$100 worth of business audiobooks, they have helped me learn new skills and motivate myself with times were hard.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
HootSuite – it allows me to manage all the social media accounts quick and easy.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, it is a great book because it is powerfully simplistic with inspiring wisdom
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite business quote currently is “Success isn’t owned. It’s leased. And rent is due everyday.”
- Have a hard work ethic
- Don’t give up, even if you want to many times over.
- Continue to learn new skills
- Social Media advertising is a great way to scale your business.
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