Entrepreneur: Jetter Clean owner says customers are ‘incredibly interesting people’
Describe your business.
We’re a drain-cleaning company, serving Rochester and the surrounding communities. We do residential, commercial and agricultural drain cleanings using high pressure water hoses. I’m also branching out into stone cleaning of patios and retaining walls. I also wash decks and siding, if needed.
What’s your title?
Owner and worker bee — and everything else in between.
What drove you to launch your own business?
In July of 2012 Lee and Kris Bohrer presented me the opportunity to be a business owner. I was thrilled and haven’t looked back since.
How many hours do you typically work in a week?
Forty to fifty during the slower months. Sixty-five-plus during the busy season.
How many employees?
When did you start your business?
I bought Jetter Clean from Lee and Kris Bohrer in January 2013. I worked for them since 2006.
If you left another job to start this business, what was it?
I hauled bulk petroleum for Kane Transport out of Sauk Centre.
Do you work elsewhere in addition to the time you put in at your business?
No, all of my time is committed to Jetter Clean.
What sacrifices did you make to launch this business and to keep it running?
Family time is the biggest sacrifice. You learn to manage your time!
What is the best thing about owning a business?
Taking on the responsibilities of day-to-day operations, calling your own shots and being held accountable.
What is the hardest thing about owning a business?
The hours can be long. I’m on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What’s your hope for your business in the next year?
To add another employee, but it has to be the right employee.
What inspires you to keep doing it?
My customers: I have met some incredibly interesting people along the way. I’m always looking for new customers as well.
Knowing what you know now, would you do anything different?
I would’ve gone out on my own sooner. I love the challenges I face every day.