About Riverview Pressure Cleaning
Hi, my name is Chris Hill and I am the owner/operator of Riverview Pressure Cleaning. I started pressure washing in March 2013. It was a slow start, and I am grateful for all the customers that stuck with me as I worked on growing the business. My current service area includes Riverview, Balm, Apollo Beach, Gibsonton, Ruskin, Lithia, Valrico, Wimauma and Brandon.
In 2006, I felt like I hit the proverbial glass ceiling and my career was not moving forward. I was a struggling single dad who wanted more for both me and my son. My own father always pushed going to school and getting a degree. Now was the time, I thought. I sold my condo and moved to Gainesville with the hope of attending the University of Florida. I spent two years at the community college and was accepted to UF on my first try. In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor degree in Landscape and Nursery Management.
I interviewed with a few companies and accepted a position in Ruskin. I spent one year learning how to grow plants from seed in greenhouses. Farmers would buy these seedlings and plant in their fields. My background was ornamentals, not agriculture, and this job was not a good fit for me. I found another job just down the road with a company that focuses on ornamentals. While I enjoyed this work, I just didn't feel this company was a good fit for me either.
Toward the end of the fall 2012, a friend of mine called and told me about how he started a pressure washing business. He was making decent money, but the best part was that he controlled his schedule. He was home in the mornings having breakfast with his kids, could pick them up in the afternoons when needed and had all the time off he needed to watch them play sports or go on vacations. This sounded great as I was working seven days a week sun up to sun down. We continued to talk and when my tax return came in the following year, I spent the money on a used SUV and bought the bare bones setup to start my own business.
March 26, 2013 was my first job working for myself. While I was still trying to build my business, my friend offered to let me come work with him a couple times a week so I could get some hands on training. I learned so much in just a couple months that I really got comfortable with the work. He also helped me with marketing, and by the fall of 2013 business was beginning to pick up. I still needed a part time job delivering pizza in the evenings to make sure bills got paid. Within 2 years, I was able to quit the second job and focus solely on pressure washing. I was able to make more in year 3 then I did working in the greenhouses. I have made significant investments to my business over the last two years and have seen incredible returns on those investments. I couldn't be happier with the business I built and look forward to continued success.
To be continued....