We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Barron-Ethridge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’m a firefighter and like most firefighters I needed a second source of income to be able to enjoy life and live comfortable. Alot of firefighters either work at a second fire department or have created their own companies which is what I did. One day as I was working at the fire station a resident came up to the station and asked us if we could assemble their elliptical or knew anyone who would for some extra cash. That’s when I had the idea, what if I created a company made up of firefighters that assembled items for customers that they bought in store or online. I started thinking the average customer typically doesn’t want to waste their precious free time spending hours on trying to figure out confusing assembly directions, sort through piles of unfamiliar hardware and enduring long, stretched out assembly procedures that wears on his or her patience and nerves.. So in 2010 I created Fired Up Assemblers and have grown every year since then. We were recognized as Houston’s Top small business, featured on several news station and even a talk show. Timely appointments, skilled workmanship and friendly service techs have contributed to our steady growth and regional success. No job is too big or small. Our typical service profile is to travel to the home or business of the client and assemble/install on-site. We are capable of accommodating single item jobs or multi-day, business or commercial space jobs. Our crews are professional, experienced, well equipped, and fast.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been in the fire service for over 18yrs now and created Fired Up Assemblers 10 years ago. Its not easy creating your own company and getting the word out about your new start up company. There are struggles and cost to getting the word out about the company but it all pays off in the long run.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite spots in the city are locally own places instead of big box retailers or companies. I love to shop small and shop local. For example Old Town Spring is a nice place walk around, look at the scenery all while shopping local.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would just like to thank my crew of firefighters. Without them it would be just me out assembling. Its nice to be able to help other firefighters in the community make some extra income for them and their families.
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