After receiving his Ph.D. in Psychology, Tim Weissman determined that he wanted more from his career. Fortunately for him, his education made it possible for him to understand his customers and make a good living for himself. He talks about his move to owning his own business, Fish Window Cleaning and gives advice for those thinking of taking a similar path.
What is your favorite part of your daily duties?
“I enjoy the sales side of the business. I didn’t know I was part salesperson when I was actively working in the mental health field. But, I really enjoy selling customers on our business and feel a great sense of pride in following through on the promises I make to our customers. I genuinely enjoy making our customers happy. I love hearing back from them when they feel our techs did great work. I think this is sort of a throwback to counseling. I entered the mental health field because I wanted to help make people happier. In this business, we make people happy on a daily basis. It might seem trivial, but people do feel better when they have clean windows. More sunlight and color in to their worlds does make a positive difference in their moods.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“In my opinion, running a successful business is all about people. First and foremost, the employees you work with ARE the business. If they are not happy, it’s going to be a huge struggle to grow and succeed. I have to manage interactions between employees, help keep them motivated and satisfied in their jobs here, navigate customer issues as they arise, continue to develop relationships with property managers and other decision-makers that help me grow my business, and maintain my own mental health through it all! Training in psychology helps immensely.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“Follow your bliss. I know it’s cliché to say this. But, truly, find what you love doing. Learn it, be great at it, and there is no telling where it might take you. Life is too short to settle. Don’t settle. Work hard, really hard. Have a vision in your mind with a goal, then do what you need to do each and every day to bring that vision in to reality.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.