Today we’d like to introduce you to Will Gomez.
Will, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I like to sort my life into three stages. The first one starts in my home country of Guatemala where I lived until I was 8 years old. I migrated to the US with my cousins; and left everything behind but a backpack full clothes all without speaking a word of English. We lived in Orange County, California for eight years; and as glamorous as that sounds, we lived in a 2-bedroom apartment with another family. I remember at one point there were nine people living in our 2-bedroom apartment. We moved from California to where I now consider home, Atlanta Ga. Growing up, my parents did not have a lot and they did just enough for my brother and sister and me to have a roof over our heads and clothes on our backs. My mother taught me at a very young age how to work hard for what I wanted. Her work ethic and attitude were and always have been exemplary. I know I get my strong work ethic from her. As a child, I saw firsthand all of her struggles and sometimes that meant giving us her last cent. In one of those moments, I promised myself that my adult life would be different and that I would not face those same struggles when I had my own family. Somewhere through my teenage years and into my 20’s, I lost sight of that promise to myself. It wasn’t until my early 30’s that it became my goal to achieve and keep this promise. I married my now amazing wife who’d been my girlfriend for eight years; and we started a family. She took my now 18-year-old son as her own; and we now have a 3-year-old little boy together. The promise I made myself was in full swing and a light bulb clicked on three years ago. I decided to leave my project management job and pursue my dream of owning a small business which came as no easy task I assure you.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road by any means! In my first job alone, I lost any possible profit I could’ve made due to miss estimating the scope of work. I didn’t know the pricing on materials, subs ripped me off, and the list goes on…. I have since learned not to make those same mistakes; and of course, it taught me some very valuable lessons. I now have some amazing subs I still use and have a system in place for providing more accurate estimates. Even though I’m still learning the ends and outs of running a business, I feel much more accomplished as a contractor and I definitely know what not to do in order to run a successful business.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the NGL Renovations story. Tell us more about it.
I own a residential renovation company. We specialize in flipping homes for real estate investors. We are known for the quality of our kitchens as well as our bathrooms. We do custom made kitchens and full remodel in bathrooms. We also prefer to use real hardwood flooring when budgets allow. I am most proud of what I have accomplished in the small amount of time I have been in business. This includes the fact that I built my business from the ground up using very little capital, and this year I was able to purchase my own investment property! We set ourselves apart from others in one big way: not only do we offer renovation services, but we also offer real estate services. In addition, we have connections that can offer our clients both staging and funding for their real estate investment properties. We have a goal of being able to provide a seamless one-stop-shop to our clients.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t consider it so much luck, as I do faith. My faith has brought me to this point in my business. I have been introduced to some colleagues that have single-handedly changed the path of my company and I don’t believe that it was pure luck. I think bringing my wife (the Realtor for the company) onboard took us to a totally different level. It allowed us to be a team that can offer an abundance of services to our clients. I think when it comes to bad luck, everyone is going to be dealt a hand of bad luck from time to time. It happens more than I care to think about owning a business. However, we get through it and we try to resolve problems as they happen to keep things running as smoothly as possible.
- Website: NGLRENOVATIONS.COM
- Phone: 770-250-6909
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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