The world was turned upside down with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. And it’s mainly the smaller businesses that have had a lot to lose. We met a gentleman from Texas, a small business owners who found a way to keep his business afloat. He shed some light on how he has managed to overcome the worst.
With his sights set on a brighter future for his business, this is what he shared:
Please may you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your business?
Hello, my name is Adrian Rodrigues, I am the owner of a business that provides notary services in Texas where we find reputable notaries for clients, collect their documents, and sent them to the notary.
What has been your major challenge as a small business operating during the pandemic?
Covid has really affected a lot of businesses and for my company. It really slowed business down because of being a middleman between notaries and companies. I am hopeful that business picks up to where it was when we first opened.
Most people are hesitant when they want to start a company, what were your fears when you started?
The fear of failure was my main concern. It’s a big step to put hard-earned money into a business without knowing if you are going to succeed or not.
Who is your favorite artist that you are listening to right now?
I enjoy listening to classical music, I find it soothing, especially on the days that are extremely busy.
If you had one day left on this earth, what would you do with it?
I’d take my family somewhere where we could spend the day laughing and eating good food. So that they’d have good memories.
What is the one thing that you wish would never change about the way business is done now compared to years ago?
Definitely social media marketing, I find that I am able to engage with people more. I just wish that social media trends didn’t change so often, it’s hard to keep up sometimes.
What advice would give to others trying to start their own ventures?
I’d say don’t be so hard on yourself. Sometimes we want to succeed so badly that we miss the journey itself.
What do you feel would be a good measure of your business’ success?
Ooh, that’s a tough one. I think that if my business is able to get through the hurdle that is Covid-19 without closing it’s a success. The value of success will be forever changing.
Do you prefer a fast-paced lifestyle or one that is more laid back?
I love the adrenaline rush the fast pace life offers. I know it’s not good for me but I’d be bored if my life was more chilled.
What parting words would you like to leave our readers?
Be yourself, it’s the only way you can truly survive the world we live in. There is too much fake in the world so an original is a breath of fresh air.
We wish his business nothing but success, and a dope future!
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