Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in manufacturing but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Karl Winkler, Co-Founder of Everybody Clean Up, located in Bedford, MA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Our mission is to provide a safer, more effective alternative to harsh chemical cleaners, all while removing consumers from the cycle of single-use plastic.
Tell us about yourself
Developing user interfaces for the pod interactions and consumer insight to ramp up production and fill in the gaps in a very competitive market.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Sourced a pod in weeks that can take years to do. Sourced a manufacturer that could actively scale up production in months, not years. Leveraging off-the-shelf technology. Sourcing equipment allows production samples to be produced in a few weeks. All were reducing the years of burn to start production and market potential and learning without long-term investment.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Being paid in a fair and timely fashion. Sourcing equipment materials needing to leverage my portfolio of talent in a risky venture. Conveying the complexities of formulations and how they are being handled. Also, navigating a very tight market with simple changes to react and execute in a timely manner.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Cut the BS of those outside their scope or field.
- Keep an eye on the prize and be flexible to change the business model.
- Make CERTAIN that funding for the dream is at hand.
Where can people find you and your business?
LinkedIn (Personal): https://www.linkedin.com/in/karlthomaswinkler/
LinkedIn (Company): https://www.linkedin.com/company/everybody-cleanup/
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