Business Success Stories: Auto Value Finance
|Name: Anshu Krishan, General Manager
Company Name: Auto Value Finance
Company Address: 8475 Hwy 6 S, Houston, TX 77083
Company Phone: 281-498-1300
Web Site URL: autovaluefinance.com
# of Locations: 1
# of Employees: 15
Tell us a little bit about your business? We are a used car dealership specializing in 2nd chance financing. We mainly do in-house financing but we also have several banks we work with. We have all kinds of Makes and Models with years ranging between 2017’s to 1990’s!
What is the single most important piece of advice you would give someone starting a business? I would say “KNOW YOUR STUFF!” Before, during, and after starting any business you should learn everything you can about every department in your industry. Never stop learning and adding to your store of knowledge and experience. Books, conventions, webinars, and even from your own customers, there is always more to learn.
How did/does Greensheet Media help you with your business goals? Greensheet has helped our business by providing great exposure throughout Houston. They specialize in both print and digital marketing and my ad manager Flavia is AWESOME and is always looking out for my company’s best interests.
What was the most challenging aspect of starting your business? Definitely the hardest part is developing a strong team of employees. Hiring and training takes tons of time and patience. It’s a full time job but is absolutely the #1 most important aspect of any business.
What keeps you motivated to continue your business? I love challenging myself and overcoming obstacles. More than that I love to learn new things. There can be times when you work hard to try something new and you fail miserably and that can be hard on you. But at those times if you concentrate on what you learned from the mistake and what steps to take to improve, you feel better faster. Honestly, I would get bored if it was too easy.
What kind of mindset do you need to have to be a business owner? You have to be positive. Not only would you get clinically depressed but if you are negative, that energy effects your team and brings them down as well. One of the many roles a business owner has to play is, leader and role model for everyone else.
What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else? I think entrepreneurs are people who are fiercely independent. They are not happy with following the same paths others have gone down and prefer to make their own way. They also don’t let fear keep them from moving forward and growing and would NEVER settle for the “safe bet”.