An entrepreneur's selfie
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Selfie presents Petteri Kotamäki
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Petteri Kotamäki, a cleaning service entrepreneur since 2009. My responsibilities include the sales and finances of our enterprise, but I do everything associated with running a business. Insofar as I can, I focus on sales work in particular.
How did you become an entrepreneur?
I worked in a cleaning company for about a year before deciding to try out what it would be like to be an entrepreneur. For 18 months I worked alone, but from the very beginning I knew that I also wanted to employ others.
The beginning was tougher than I had expected; sales are quite a challenge when you start from scratch. My wife Anna and I are now co-entrepreneurs, and we have 30 employees.
What are you like as a person?
I take others into consideration, I am fair and flexible, but I can also be assertive if needed. I am social and relationships are important to me.
What is your motto?
Put your best foot forward. We aim towards employee well-being and we encourage everyone to move forward in life.
What kind of attitude do you think an entrepreneur needs?
Service-mindedness takes you a long way. When you prioritise other people, you also benefit yourself. You need to grab the bull by the horns and get things done, even if you feel that you can't do the task at first. You learn by doing.
What is your message to someone considering entrepreneurship?
It is worth trying rather than just being afraid of the future. You can get started on the basis of a fairly small and controlled risk.
What are your hopes for the future?
I want to focus on the things that are important to me, both at work and otherwise, and hope that our enterprise continues to advance.
Entrepreneurs: Anna and Petteri Kotamäki
Company: Siivouspalvelu Kota Oy
Line of business: cleaning services
Number of personnel: 30Website: www.siivouspalvelukota.fi