Meet CHRIS PERJES of MOVING BOXES NOW and Featured Business Owner at SCORE Chicago this week. Learn how he has built this business and what tips he has for your success.
What is the elevator pitch of your business?
Moving Boxes Now specializes in selling and delivering gently used cardboard boxes to help Chicagoans who are moving save time, money and trees.
What inspired you to start your business?
The idea for my business came to me when I was moving. I went to a couple of stores that sold moving boxes to price them out. I quickly learned that this was going to cost me around $200.
I decided then that I would go from store to store until I got all the used cardboard boxes I needed for my move. It took me about 2 weeks and multiple car rides to collect my boxes. In the end, I got all the boxes I needed while doing good for the environment and saving money.
Moving Boxes Now was born!!!!
Who are your clients and what examples can you give of how you served that person or business?
Our clients are busy people who need the convenience of boxes delivered, respect the environment and want to save money compared to buying new moving boxes.
What is your most successful sales strategy? What works to brings you business?
Providing a great customer experience from beginning to end and creating fans from customers. Also, online and offline networking with local people and business that can benefit from our service.
What is the most important lesson you have learned in business that might help others?
Get a mentor and discuss your business plan. No matter where you are in your business you should take advantage of learning from others to avoid set backs and speed up your success. One other thing I have learned is that you should work smarter and not harder.
What are your mentors’ names and how have they helped you in your business?
My mentors Bob Cutler and Barb Miller have helped me with re-branding the business, sales strategy, processes, and listening.
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Disclaimer: SCORE Chicago helps small business owners manage and grow their businesses. We help startups write business plans and launch. Nevertheless, our involvement should not be considered as an endorsement.