Meet Joshua George Detourbet, the small business owner of “JSM Pressure Washing” business based in Cairns, QLD.
Josh runs his pressure washing business through which he offer cleaning services to his customers in Cairns. With his special pressure washing equipment and skills, he cleans tough stains, grease, mould, and dirt on various surfaces like polished concrete floors, pavements, garage space, tiles, and sandstone. I also clean walls made of bricks, driveways, overhead roofs, and pipes.
“I received small business support from Many Rivers. I am thankful for their professional business coaching services and for their support in terms of approving my loan of $10,000. Honestly, I would not have been able to start my business if I did not have Many Rivers support with me. I was able to purchase my pressure washing machine with the help of the loan from Many Rivers.”
Read more about Josh’s business journey so far:
I run a pressure washing business through which I offer cleaning services to my customers in Cairns. With my special pressure washing equipment and skills, I clean tough stains, grease, mould, and dirt on various surfaces like polished concrete floors, pavements, garage space, tiles, and sandstone. I also clean walls made of bricks, driveways, overhead roofs, and pipes.
I have been operating my business for the past three years now and I am quite happy with my regular customers who reach out to me after every six months or one year for cleaning their houses, office spaces and I get real estate jobs as well. I run my business through word-of-mouth recommendations and also through a little bit of Facebook marketing. I do not have a shop or office space as of yet because I work out of my vehicle which is a Ute. I have my pressure washing equipment and everything at the back of my UTE and I am good to go for any cleaning job in my area.
What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
Before getting in touch with Many Rivers and starting my own pressure washing business, I was working as a pressure washer for my previous boss for four years.
Why did you want to go into business?
I got the inspiration and motivation to start this business because during my previous job, I managed to learn the skill of pressure washing and I was confident that I can start and successfully run my own pressure washing business.
Working with Many Rivers
An acquaintance recommended Many Rivers to me so I reached out to them and it has been an incredible journey with them so far. I received small business support and I am thankful for their professional business coaching services and for their support in terms of approving my loan of $10,000. Honestly, I would not have been able to start my business if I did not have Many Rivers support with me. I was able to purchase my pressure washing machine with the help of Many Rivers loan.
Did you get a loan from MR? How did you use the loan?
Yes, I did receive a loan of $10,000 from Many Rivers and I have successfully repaid almost the entire amount.
Do you have any current employees? If so, how many employees? Are they full-time or part-time?
Its just me managing the business.
The biggest challenge I have faced is with managing the invoicing and the bookkeeping side of things. I think because pressure washing is my expertise but not accounting but I am slowly getting there and I might even hire a bookkeeper in the near future.
I think the biggest success is being able to kind of get ahead with finances and just being able to work for myself. The financial independence and the flexibility to spend more time with family are definitely the biggest successes for me.
In the future, my goal is to achieve a better balance in my business, avoiding the constant grind. I aim to acquire more equipment, specifically a second pressure cleaning machine to handle larger tasks. Additionally, I plan to hire an employee who can assist me when multiple jobs come in. To finance the purchase of the new cleaning machine, I intend to reapply for a loan with Many Rivers.
Thank you, Josh, for sharing your business journey with us. We wish you the best of luck with your future endeavours and business success.
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