$29,512.00.

That’s how much I made my first year operating my Homeowner Referral Network (HRN) business. I worked about 15-25 hours each week in the early morning, when my daughter napped, in the evenings after dinner and on weekends.

My goal in the beginning was to bring in a few hundred dollars each month to help make ends meet but word about my business spread and soon I went from one or two job referrals each week to ten!

And, as homeowners began to know and trust me and my business, they started to request contractors for larger jobs.  For example, my first job referral was for an exterminator, a $30 commission.  That same homeowner called me a few months later looking for a contractor to build cabinets in her playroom, an $800 commission.

That’s what it’s like to build a business.  It’s not overnight riches or instantaneous success.  In fact, if someone promises you that you’ll make six figures in your first year, you should run the other way!

Solid businesses (like houses;)  are built on a strong foundation with good materials, patience and some hard work.   That’s how my Homeowner Referral Network (HRN) business was built and that’s why it’s still standing 18 years later!