Name: Brett Peneguy
Your Business Name: Brett Services LLC
Years in Business collectively: 19.5
Industry: landscaping/ lawn maintenance Location of Business: Hoschton, GA
Awards/Accolades/Acknowledgments You Wish to Share: licensed weed control and fertilization contractor for the state of Georgia. Georgia blue cardholder (erosion control)
What/ Who inspired your entrepreneurial spirit?
ANSWER: My papa. I worked with him from the time I was 8 years old, he taught me everything I know.
Who are your entrepreneurial mentors?
ANSWER: Multiple. Different contractors, some members of the family, and one guy who owns a large landscape company.
Do you consider yourself a life-long learner? If so, how do you continue learning? What methods do you use (books, courses, videos, seminars, etc.)? Any recommendations of content?
ANSWER: Absolutely, always learning. I like listening to podcasts, watching videos, seeing what the university of Georgia offers, trying new things, seeing what works and what doesn’t work. For content I would recommend listening to podcasts, watching videos, networking with others in the community, never stop learning, this industry is constantly changing,
How long did it take for you to turn your idea into a real business/side hustle? What caused you to go from thinking about your idea to acting on your idea to create your business/side hustle?
ANSWER: About 10 years. I knew there were good opportunities awaiting.
Where do you see your business in 10 years?
ANSWER: More in the landscape side of things. Completely out of maintenance most likely
What’s your lifetime goal as an entrepreneur and why is this goal important to you?
ANSWER: Freedom, building a legacy for my family, and financial stability. It’s important because it’s always been a dream of mine to be a successful entrepreneur
What’s one area within your business/side hustle that you still struggle with? (for example: creativity, problem-solving, customer relations, marketing, etc.)
ANSWER: Employees. Found this a common problem across the board
What are the top 3 qualities that make someone a great entrepreneur?
ANSWER: Understanding, smart, hard-working
What’s your advice for entrepreneurs out there that may be struggling in their journey?
ANSWER: Network, network, network. Never stop learning, don’t go into debt, if you work a full-time job making sure the boat is close to the dock before jumping into it full time. Make sure your spouse is very supportive, it’s not easy being an entrepreneur. Long days long nights, a lot of sacrifices have to be made. Know your worth, know your numbers, don’t say yes to every job, find your niche, and don’t be scared. It’s definitely worth the risk!