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Episode 14: Patrick Farnan (Next-Level Finishes)

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp the podcast.    
Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.   

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Patrick Farnan from Next Level Finishes! Patrick really hit it home for us that running a successful business doesn't need to wait - it can start as soon as you're willing to put the time and work in!

Patrick Farnan - Next Level Finishes

00:16 - Introduction

01:21 - The First Six Months: Making the Transition and Learning From Your Mistakes

05:51 - The Moment: A Failure That Opens Your Eyes

08:20 - Starting (and Running) Your Own Business is Not Easy!

10:01 - The “Stepping Stone” - How to Approach Your Mentor

13:39 - Farnan’s Most Important Tip - Be Prepared For Anything!

14:37 - When Is It Time to Transition From Side Gig to Full-Time?

16:40 - Can a Finance Degree Help With Bookkeeping Operations?

18:37 - The Biggest Roadblock: Dealing With Naysayers (Inside Your Circle and Out!)

22:22: - College: Weigh the Cost and Benefits to You Carefully!

23:30 - Work Ethic: Where Has it Gone?

26:20 - Secret to Success: Hard Work, a Support System… And a Little Luck!

27:32 - Hiring: It’s Important to Learn How to Treat Your Workers!

30:36 - Mobile Phones: Boon to Consumers, Bane to Business Owners!

31:46 - Morning Routines

33:31 - What’s Next?

35:05 - Closing Thoughts & Contact Info



  • Interviewers

    Michael Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Patrick Farnan

  • Runtime

     36 Minutes 28 Seconds

  • Air Date

    July 25th, 2022