Episode 2 - Derek Foster

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 Mike Interviews Derek Foster Co - Founder of Blue Collar Start Up, President of Daigle Cleaning Systems, and CEO of CDS Franchises. Derek has grown a commercial cleaning and janitorial business from his side hustle to a thriving multimillion dollar business with over 100 employees.  In this podcast Derek fills us in on how he got started, going from side hustle to full time, and what it takes to grow a successful business in the Janitorial Industry.    
Show Notes: 
4:13 - Work Ethic 
6:50 - Side Hustle Start Up 
10:05 - Creating Process 
11:13 - Everyone Sucks Sometime  
13:46 - When mistakes happen you have two choices 
25:05 - State of the Blue Collar Industries 
29:41 - From chaos comes opportunity 
31:29 - Patience - It goes a long way  
32:14 - Biggest challenge he ever faced 
33:00 - Wake up call 
37:10 - Will vs Skill 
37:22 - What he would do differently  
38:34 - Mentors along the way  
44:01 - Secret to success



  • Interviewer

    Michael Nelson

  • Guest

    Derek Foster

  • Run time

    48 Minutes

  • Air date

    March 14th, 2022

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