We are so excited to introduce you to the second chance entrepreneurs participating in our Rise Up, Get Started Matching Grant program this year! Meet Jose Lugo, owner of JRL Electrical.
Jose started JRL Electrical in October 2018. JRL Electrical is your electrical solution, specializing in residential and commercial properties.
Why are you passionate about your business?
I am passionate about my business because it’s something I enjoyed doing as a kid. It started as a hobby that is transforming into an enterprise.
What are you most proud of in regards to your business thus far?
I am proud of myself for the way I am conducting business. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge that I apply to my business. I am maintaining my business and am still passionate. I’ve learned how to be patient while I build my business.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far as an entrepreneur?
One of the biggest lessons I have learned is to make the customer happy regardless of how I’m feeling about the project.
What advice would you give to someone currently in prison who would like to do something positive with their life when they get home?
Never abuse the time you have in prison. I would tell them to take that time into consideration and use it wisely so when you come home whatever you learned you can apply it to your goals. Also, stay focused on your goals in life and keep pushing.
Outside of your business, what is something that you love doing?
My favorite thing to do outside of running my business is spending time with my family.
What does success look like for you and your business?
Honestly, I’m content right now and I’m already feeling successful. I will continue to push forward but right now I’m happy with where my business is. Where I come from and with my past I feel like I have turned my life around and I feel successful. Obtaining more business will always be the goal.
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