Thu, 20 May 2021
Our guest today has a story that is very similar to mine in that he has a heart for service and this manifested itself first in the military, later in local law enforcement and finally in his very own service business, Leedy Farm and Property Services.
Chuck Leedy moved away from his home in Dryden, Virginia a couple of times during his life. But ultimately, after having children, he decided he wanted to return home and farm. The challenge for him in doing that was what would he do to produce the income he would need for household expenses not covered by farm revenue.
Chuck decided upon entrepreneurship, but his did not happen suddenly. He was working as a maintenance technician for McDonald's at four different restaurants and building his business on the side. As he continued to build his business he discovered that the reputation he had built for himself in the community from serving as a law enforcement officer was helping him to get business. This was only natural as people inherently trusted him to be on their property.
Chuck went through the "crazy time" like so many entrepreneurs do when they are trying to transition from their full-time job to full-time self-employment. Finally, after working many hours per week between the business and the job he was able to break away and become a full-time entrepreneur. Once this happened he was able to focus more on his business and his farm. Now he is on a great trajectory to live the life for himself and his family that he has envisioned.
ADVICE FROM CHUCK:
COMMUNICATE: Chuck and I both learned through our careers in law enforcement that communication with customers is key. When he gets busy, something goes wrong or the farm demands his attention he can maintain positive relationships with customers through good communication.
REPUTATION: Chuck has a great reputation in his community, and he does not take that lightly. That is something that needs to be protected.
RELIABLE: Customers want somebody that they can depend on. You need to be reliable for them to truly trust that they can rely on you.
PERSONAL HABIT THAT MAKES CHUCK SUCCESSFUL:
ORGANIZED DRIVE: Chuck has a drive that helps him finish what needs to get done. And he compliments his time in the military for making him organized to get all the different things finished that he has on his schedule.
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE EVER GIVEN TO CHUCK:
This advice was given to Chuck by his grandfather: "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing it right the first time".
CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:
Chuck's Email Address: LeedyPSLLC@yahoo.com