Your Own Way

Who are your mentors? My dad, Harvey McFerron. He taught me how to have a great work ethic and Rick Enke, a previous co-worker at Frank Schrimpf Plumbing. We called ourselves the “A-team,” and he taught me how to slow down.

How did your business get started? I was a plumber at Frank Schrimpf Plumbing for over 10 years. I decided that after I got my master plumber’s license, it was time to go out on my own.

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur? Efficiency and knowledge of your job, punctuality, and doing what you say you’re going to do.

What sets you apart from your competition? When I say I’m done, they say, “Wow, that was fast.”

How do you maintain work/life balance? Set a schedule and abide by it. If it doesn’t work, charge accordingly.

Any advice for those just getting started? Get somebody who knows what they’re doing when starting a business. My wife had my business up and running in less than a month.

When someone is looking to hire a professional in your industry, what should they look for? Do they have their license? Are they insured? Bonded? Look at their reviews and ask your neighbor.