Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Rogers.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
After getting out of the US Air Force as a disabled Vet, I worked in IT Support for 20+ years. I wanted to start my own business, but didn’t know for sure what I wanted to do. I was starting to rebuild an old 66 Ford truck, and needed to get some parts media blasted. To my surprise there were not a lot of locations or people doing this kind of service, so after researching it, with the help of my friend and now business partner, we started RCT Mobile Blasting. We have been in business for a little over 2 years, but have grown, now dealing with commercial accounts, removing calcium lines from pools, removing paint/stain from driveways and patios, etc. We have one employee, Herb, that is also a US Vet out of the Navy. Veteran owned and run, we offer discounts to other Vets, police, firefighters, and first responders.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No it hasn’t, going from a full-time job, making good money to working for yourself, brings a lot of challenges. I rent a room from my best friends / business partner, take a very small salary, and have struggled to learn this business as well as build it. We started off doing small jobs, not even being able to make the business LOC and CC payments, having to pay those from personal savings. Now we have a warehouse, forklift, nice company truck, better equipment and growing every day. We now work on jobs as little as $500 all the way up to $60,000. I still take a very small salary, my helper makes more than I do some months, but we are putting everything back into the business and know someday, I’ll be able to pull more.
Some of the struggles were learning Quickbooks, how to market the business, where to buy supplies, etc. We fought every step, now we sell supplies to other media blasters in Southeast Texas, offer support to media blasters all over the world. We get calls from all over the US and all the way to Australia, asking for ideas, answers, help, and we are happy to give it.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about RCT Mobile Blasting – what should we know?
RCT Mobile Blasting is a mobile media blasting company. Media blasting s commonly known as sandblasting, but we no longer use sand. We use recycled crushed glass, plastic, garnet, and assorted other medias. We remove paint from vehicles, concrete walls, graffiti removal and parking lot line stripe removal. We have removed paint, stain, sealer from driveways, patios, pools, we remove calcium lines from pools, and we have done jobs as large as blasting and painting large steel buildings. We’ve blasted and painted a 90’ walkway bridge, fire hydrants, playground equipment, concrete columns, water tanks, and more.
I’m proud that our company is Veteran owned and operated. I’m proud that although we have struggled every step, that we work hard to help other media blaster out as much as we can. I take 3 to 4 calls a day from all over, asking for advice, how to bid some job, what media to use, etc. We also help other blasters in the SE Texas area by selling media and supplies to them, as well as transferring jobs to them when we are too busy. We have 8 other media blasters in the area that we work with, flip jobs too, sell too, and help in anyway.
What sets us apart? We are professional, on time, do great work at a great price and if we find that we are too busy to take a job, we will help the client find another blaster to do the job.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Trustworthy. Even though we are insured, our clients know they can trust us, things don’t disappear, they can trust us to be on time, they can trust us to charge a fair price and they can trust us to do a great job.
- Address: 17410 West Little York
Houston, Texas 77084
- Website: www.RCTMB.com
- Phone: 281-404-4301
- Email: Richard@rctmb.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rctmobileblasting/
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRXYydPMCZXNZzbUIe2eoHw