How Did Kyle Get Started?
Kyle Stumpenhorst went to college and followed his father’s footsteps in Computer Science. Although he didn’t stick with his career in IT, he’s still grateful that he earned a college degree.
Throughout his college experiences, he picked up some things that are valuable to him:
- He met people and gained friends
- He joined the athletics and team sports
- He became team captain which gained him skills in “leadership” which he uses to this day
Kyle stresses the importance of fitness and regular exercise especially in the mornings. He feels that after his work out, he is ready to “take on the world” and he’s pumped up for the day.
“Working out and regular exercise has a synergistic effect that goes far beyond your physical health. It helps your emotional and psychological person as well.”
One of the main recurring themes during this interview were:
“Follow your passion, and the money will follow.”
“Happiness is more important to me than money.”
How did Kyle grow his business?
Since Kyle comes from a small town where everybody knows one another, spreading the word about his business was fairly quick and easy.
Throughout this interview, he shared some of his favorite business tips:
- Don’t be a jack of all trades
- Specialize in the thing you love
- Always answer your phone
- Return all calls as soon immediately
It’s not always a bed of roses for Kyle. Like everyone else, he’s experienced his share of slumps and failures. One of his worst moments in business came when he wasn’t paid the full amount, even though he finished the project.
Here are the lessons he learned from those mistakes:
- Always be thinking about your future customer
- Check your references
- Look at the job
- Choose your battles
- Watch for signs
One of his best moments in business history – was being chosen as 1st place winner as “Builder of the Year” from the National Frame Builders Association – two years in a row. That is quite an achievement!
If you are a new contractor and just starting out, here’s what Kyle would like you to learn take very seriously:
- Answer your phone, or return calls immediately
- Be honest with the customer
- Educate yourself
- Narrow down your trade
- Hire someone better than you
Final words of wisdom:
“Are you doing what makes you happy? You only get one chance to live, so why not do those things that make you happy?”
Where you can find Kyle Online: