Episode 13 – Hard Work, Burnout, & Self-Motivation

This episode is fire!  I get a little bat-shit-crazy and go bananas on everyone about self-motivation, not burning out, and how much hard work is entailed in this entrepreneur thing.

Let’s be honest here.  This shit is hard.  Being a young independent Master Electrician hustling to build an Electrical Contracting company from nothing is the single hardest thing I’ve don in my life.  Period.

I’ve always worked my ass off, most of the time working 6-7 days a week, full time, holding down 2 or 3 jobs and just barely scraping by.  This is WAAAY harder.

I work more, and harder, now than I’ve ever worked in my life.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love what I do, but just to set the record straight for any of you young guys thinking of diving off into this…get your perspective straight.  Its not sailing down easy street, working 2 days a week, sitting on an island somewhere smoking blunts and watching the money just roll in.  Its 5 hours of sleep, 19 hours of work.  Every day, no breaks, no vacations…just constant hustle.

Self-motivation is a huge factor in not burning out.  So is loving what you do.  It takes a lot longer to get burned out on something when its your singular joy in life.  If you’re not the type that can motivate yourself to change the issues in your life, you’ll have a very difficult time trying to get anywhere.  Don’t run around with one foot nailed to the floor.  Figure your shit out, whatever is holding you back (eh em…yourself), stop giving a shit about what other people think of you or what expectations they have for you, and DO YOU!

So how do you stay motivated, and how do you not burn out?  For that you’ll just have to watch the video below!

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Episode 12 – Creating a Facebook Video Ad

Facebook is so popular today that most of the world’s attention is spent in the platform all day, every day.  Its simply where the attention is at right now.  Nobody watches TV ads, radio spots, or watches for billboards anymore.  Attention is on that touch-screen device in your pocket…and mostly on Facebook.  So developing ads around that platform, while it’s incredibly cheap to do so, is a very good idea.
In this episode I show you the software I use to edit video, create images/logos, and even put the finalized full-length commercial (ad) in the video for you to see my final product.  Afterwards, I go into Facebook on my desktop and record myself setting up the ad and targeting a specific audience.  Please let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions of what I should do differently.
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Episode 3 – How To Make The Phones Ring

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Well its April, we’re 7 months in and we’ve gained a lot of knowledge of many of the paid services out there to advertise your business through. We’ve tried most of them, but there are still a few we need to test.

In this episode we talk about the different paid lead services we’ve used since inception and which ones are worth the buck. From Angie’s List, to Home Advisor, Yelp, Yellow Pages, Houzz, Facebook, AdIQ, Google AdWords, and Yodle – we’ve tried them all. I talk about the pros and cons, and who we’ve liked using but most importantly which one makes the phones ring! Starting your own electrical contracting company requires paying money to be seen by customers. There’s no getting around it until you get to the point where you can work from straight referrals.

I’m here to teach and be taught. I’m documenting my journey from becoming a Master Electrician to growing an electrical contracting company from scratch.

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Episode 2 – Where We’re Headed (Goals)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

In this video I talk about my plans for where I’d like to be over the next decade. I’d like LiveWire Electrical to be a company that’s known for the quality of work we do, as well as the quality of relationships we nurture.

Customer service is a big deal, as well as treating your employees right. I don’t want a company that has a high turnover rate, but one where electricians come to be better electricians. I want to build a legacy as one of the best companies around, and would like education and humility to be the thing that ushers that in.

My belief is that I can train anyone to be an electrician, but that you can’t train good into a bad person. I want to take my time and vet out a group of outstanding men and women to lay a firm foundation for the framework of the company I have planned.

I’m here to teach and be taught. I’m documenting my journey from becoming a Master Electrician to growing an electrical contracting company from scratch.

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Episode 1 – Documenting My Startup

 

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

I’m Dustin Stelzer, I own an electrical contracting company called LiveWire Electrical Services, Inc. based out of Austin, Texas.  I took my Master Electrican license exam in October of 2016 and passed on the first attempt.  Ever since then I’ve been documenting my work and I’d like to share what I’ve learned has worked/not worked along the way.

This vlog and all its content is about starting an Electrical Contracting company and documenting our successes and failures.  I will use it to ask questions as well, so please interact if you have anything that you think will help us out.  I’d like to meet other guys out there like me and share tips and tricks that we’ve learned, as well as advice for ways to avoid headaches going into this.

In this video I introduce myself and talk about why I’ve created this channel. I’d like to meet other people that are just starting out their journey to growing an electrical contracting company. This is mainly for electricians…more specifically young hustling electricians, to be able to get and give advice for how to start your own company and talk about the lessons learned along the way. Whether you’re an Apprentice, Journeyman, or Master, please comment and watch our journey. It may help you on yours.

I talk a little about being young and trying to find guys (and gals) that are young like me and are hustling and grinding everyday because this is their passion. I’d like to use this channel as a way to meet other electricians and get insight into how I can better grow my company.  I’d also like to use this as a platform to show other electricians what we’re doing and what problems we run into along the way.

I’m here to teach and be taught. I’m documenting my journey from becoming a Master Electrician to growing an electrical contracting company from scratch.

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