We had the good fortune of connecting with Colin Westerman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Colin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As a 17 year old business owner/entrepreneur, I would have to say risk is one of the most important measures someone who is trying to become successful at a young age should take, because you essentially have nothing to lose. Your parents will always be there for you whether that be providing a roof over your head, dinner on the table, or that confidence boost driving you forward. Taking risks has pushed me to be the greatest at everything I do, has taught me that you can achieve anything you put your mind to, and has motivated me to help others reach their goals and take risks.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
About two years ago I was sitting on my couch watching some guy detail cars on YouTube and I absolutely loved seeing a vehicle that was so dirty, become so clean in such a short amount of time. At the time, I had only saved up about two thousand dollars and it was just sitting on my dresser. For awhile, I thought about how I could use that money and turn it into more money, while still having fun. I told myself I was going to start my own car detailing/washing business just like that guy on YouTube and I was going to use that two thousand dollars to buy the supplies. This is where my passion for cars and dream of seeing them all clean turned into a reality. Since my last name was Westerman, I came up with the name Westy’s Wash because it was pretty simple and sounded great for my business. The first couple of months started off slow since I was still figuring things out, but then as soon as I knew it, I had on average 1-3 customers a day. What sets my business apart from the others is our pricing and the work that we bring out for our clients. We charge about half the price of our other competitors and produce just as good of work or better than all of them. The thing that I am most proud of by far, is how big of a smile I leave on my client’s faces when we are all done working on their vehicle. Our clients are always satisfied with the outcome and we always tell them if they don’t like it, we will always come back and fix it for free, because that’s the right thing to do. I feel the only way I was able to get my business started so quickly, was because I knew a lot of people in the car community. I would attend car shows all the time as a kid and made connections with a bunch of cool people that were willing to offer me a job and spread the word if my work was as good as I told them it was. The physical part of running my business was always hard and still is, but I think the motivation factor and knowing that my clients love my work, made the mental part of it pretty easy. The only way I overcame the challenges I faced was by keeping a positive mindset and acknowledging that I was not only doing this for myself, but for my clients and others as well. The most important lessons I’ve learned are to never be greedy for money and to always take advice from others because if you don’t and you believe you are the smartest out there, you will never learn anything. I want the world to know to never pay the maximum price for a service without looking at others and their work, because their are small businesses out there like mine that will do the same quality work or better for the minimum price and save you a whole lot of pocket change!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting the area and it was a week long trip, I would take them to the Grand Canyon, out to eat at Ocean Club in Scottsdale, take them to visit Penske Automotive Museum In North Scottsdale, and hang out wherever they wanted to hangout. In my view, the most fun things to do include golf, swim in the summer when it’s hot, and just have a good time exploring Scottsdale in general.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shout-out to my business partner Grayson Clapick for always having that drive to make a little money, showing up to every detail or wash with no excuse, and never giving up on a job even when it involves extreme labor. Most importantly, I would like to give a shout-out to my mom Nicole and dad Bryan for always being there for me, being great role models, and motivating me to always do my best in all that I do.
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