We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Cook – Salazar and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amber, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process was really just about who did I want to become. I wanted to be someone I could be proud of, I wanted to do something for myself & my family & my future children.

I honestly had been thinking for a few years to start my own business, but you know how it goes…. “what if I fail?” “how do I even start?” “Money is tight right now, it’s not the right time”

I literally continued to give myself excuses as to why I would fail or why I shouldn’t start. But with that thought process alone, I already failed.

Sooo I did it!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Salazar Office Cleaning Services! I’m excited about all of it! This adventure has really just been learning as I’m going, & so far it has been fairly easy going. I am fortunate enough to have experienced business owners around me that give me great advice. But over-all , I just do a lot of research & I advise that to anyone looking to start their business. Get your idea together & then do your research, that’s exactly what I did. Like I said, I’m still learning as I go! Some one the other day asked for advice on how they can provide quotes for their new company… I gave my best explanation how & followed with I’m still new at this too! & She couldn’t even believe it, she said that I sounded so experienced….. what a confidence booster! I think in this small business game, we all just have to look out for each other & do what’s right. so many people have given me advice, why can’t I share the same advice that’s helped me!

We are different because each service includes Disinfecting & Sanitizing! Since covid came into our lives, I know that is a service people want, but don’t want to pay extra for. So we include it, no one else is doing that yet!

I think another reason we are different is because I come from the Corporate side of business, I know how owners & bosses like their business space to look! They want perfection! As someone who came from the corporate side & is now running a cleaning business, I know exactly what to look for when it comes to taking care of a clients office.

For my story its pretty simple I think. Maybe it can inspire someone else, who knows!
Basically I took a job offer that sounded perfect for myself & the future my man & I wanted. & It slowly became my nightmare. My job made me physically sick from 4 day long migraines almost weekly & having so much anxiety & stress that I became physically sick at work & so much more. I decided enough was enough & started building my brand. I thought about who I wanted to become & what I wanted to make out of my life. & I finally took the chance on myself. & I am so happy that I did. I can honestly say, since I started my own business, I haven’t had a single migraine!! My take away from this experience is that God put me through the worst so I could become my best!
No one wants to stay where they are miserable & work is literally eating them alive. Take that chance on yourself, because no job is worth it! You are!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Honestly I’m a homebody! butttttt I will try just about any food spot! Some of our favorite places of course include brunch, can’t count out a H-Town Brunch! Pour Behavior & Glorias are both a go to for sure!! I like Electric Feel Good, I’m not sure if thats a spot where the “kids” go still ?!
We have a dumplings spot thats just to dieee for , its called Duck n Bao!
Want a good Torta ?? Go to taqueria del sol in South East Houston,
For Beer Gardens, we like Karbach & Truck Yard & Social Beer Garden.
If you like wine, we found a really nice spot, its called Mutiny Wine Room! they have flights on the weekends & its a restaurant too.

i loveee coffee so there are 2 cute little shops I tell everyone about, Bean & Bottle , & then Bitty & Beaus.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
there is so much credit to give! First my man, for believing in me & being 100% with me when I decided to quit my job & pursue my dream.
My Suegra, as she is my business partner in our adventure.
My parents, who have been 100% supportive of me & giving so much advise– they’re also business owners.
My sister, she owns a cute shop named @SouthernJoyShop where she custom designs / embroiders clothing, she created our cleaning uniform shirts.
& Our entire family for encouraging the dream & being supportive & sharing everything on social media.

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