Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Dallas Tillman . We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Dallas, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I started working for a longtime friend during a period of unemployment. I wasn’t sure what my next step should be and I was really trying to figure out what my future held. I quickly fell in love with the work and decided it was the path I wanted to peruse for myself. In the beginning of Covid, everyone wanted to improve their outdoor spaces. It just made sense to dive into it. I started my business with my husbands truck. It was slow at first, but exciting.
Dallas, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
I’m a female business owner in a largely male dominated industry. What has set me apart the most is how I communicate with my clients. The vast majority of my clients are women, and the general consensus among them was that they didn’t appreciate the way contractors talked to them or the lack of communication they offered. Where I excel is that my clients are everything. Without them I wouldn’t have my business. I have survived solely on word of mouth and client referrals. It’s not about grinding out each job and then moving onto the next for me. It’s more than a paycheck. It’s a huge sense of accomplishment. Happy clients mean just as much as paying my bills. Building my brand around reliability and ensuring my clients get exactly what they want has always been my goal. When you see my logo, I want to you smile.
Can you talk to us about how your side-hustle turned into something more.
When I was working on my apprenticeship I started building my business by offering dirt and mulch delivery. I’m not joking when I say “I built my business from dirt”. All of the money from my apprenticeship went to pay bills and all my dirt money bought my tools and equipment. I made business cards and passed them out to each delivery and as I learned more and more, I was able to expand my services and grow my business. The biggest game changer for me was the ability to purchase my own trailer. Making that kind of investment was a huge commitment and it really elevated my business by allowing me to move my materials instead of paying for delivery.
We’d love to hear about you met your business partner.
I started off my business on my own. My husband was working in a warehouse at the time and was not really happy. Another huge milestone has been growing my business to solely support my family. It was Fourth of July, and we were taking about how I needed to hire reliable help, and how he was ready to look for something else. That night we made the decision to go all in. He quit his full-time job to help me grow my business, and take some of the workload of my body. I have taught him what I know as I learn, and we have since hired an addition helper to keep up with growing client demand. People always ask him “what’s it like to work for your wife” and I always have to say, “he doesn’t work for me, he works with me.” We are a team always. Of course we get on each others nerves occasionally, but that’s life in general. I love having him with me on the job site. He’s my best friend and we wouldn’t have been able to build our lives together without each other’s commitment and hard work.
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