Derek Martin

Moving Business Owner

Derek has been in the moving industry for more than half of his working career, he is an expert in his field of work. He is a professional in working with his team members and customers satisfaction. He has created such a successful business by implementing strong foundations and processes for the business and team members to build from. His professional team is the best in company to work with in the state of Utah and the Google reviews show that. Derek and his team always exceed expectations and go the extra mile.

Where did the idea for your career come from?

I had always wanted to be a business owner and I found that moving was something I enjoyed. I could turn a stressful life event into a positive event.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

Upon waking up I spend time in bed with my wife and newborn baby girl. I then make it to the office and meet with our team. We cover the days objective and goals and how to execute them. Once we finish with the day we review our goals and how we did. Having goals and plans on how to execute them is what keeps me productive and actively working.

How do you bring ideas to life?

Goals and plans on how to execute/implement them. Reviewing my progress and making changes as needed.

What’s one trend that excites you?

Technology. It’s always exciting to see the newest upcoming advancements.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

Being organized and following a schedule.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Keep optimistic and build relationships with people that you want to be like.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

Fishing is fun.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Go fishing. No really, do something that can give you a break from the day to day. Find something that allows you to clear your mind and get away. Be healthy and take care of yourself, it’s okay to need/want a break.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Goals, planning, accountability.

Create goals, plan out how you’re going to execute them, and then keep yourself accountable.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

Creating a business with a bad partner. If you find yourself unhappy in a partnership communicate with your partner and address the concerns. If you find your concerns can not be managed or overcome it’s never too late to start again. I found it is always easier to restart alone with the knowledge gained than continue on with a partnership that is crumbling.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

Food truck parking lots. Semi-permanent parking spots for food trucks to stay. They can plug into power, forget driving around and vehicle maintenance. Customers will always know where to go to get their favorite food truck.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

A massage. Being in a physically intensive job requires me to take better care of my body. Making sure my body feels good allows me to continue to put my 100 percent in.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?

Any Google software. We use them to keep us organized, stay on task and communicate with our team members and customers

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Most people would say self-help or motivation books. While I agree those are great, I prefer to read any of the Harry Potter books. I recommend them because of the creativity and challenges the characters positively and courageously overcome.

What is your favorite quote?

“Smooth seas never made a skilled sailor.”

Key Learnings:

  • Create goals, Plan out how to execute them, be accountable.
  • Take time for yourself and the things you enjoy, being successful includes a healthy lifestyle.
  • Strong foundations and processes allow the business to grow without becoming uncontrollable.