We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first started the company it was a side gig and as it grew over the years it took on a different personality. When we hit our first 500 customer mark in 2017 we were extremely busy and there was little personal time for me and it was very evident in my overall health. Fast forward to late 2019 and we had some personnel changes (for the better) and I decided to sell off 30% of the client base, which allowed for significant time savings and me to find a better work life balance. I truly believe having that time to do personal things, whatever that is to you is more valuable than dollars and cents. Time is the one thing you can’t purchase more of.
What should our readers know about your business?
Dockside Divers has the excellent reputation it does because of our core values of the business. We believe in providing top quality service and look for individuals to work for us that do as well. It is a unique job that we have in providing a service in which the client almost never sees the results, so they place their faith in us that we will do what we say. Additionally another one of our values is Customer Communication whether the situation is good or bad we notify the client so that they can make an informed decision on what the next step should be. It is not easy to grow any business, but by focusing on these 2 key points it has enabled Dockside Divers to move ahead of the rest of the competition.
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?
I would recommend a VRBO in the crown point area, so that you are centrally located to everything. Weekday lunch spot is Rocky’s in Crown Point for San Diego’s best burger and Ice Cold Beer, you’re also walking distance from your rental for that post Rocky’s lunch nap…. Head to the Zoo Saturday morning right as they open at 9 and see the awesome animals before the crowds, well worth the admission. I think you can do the same on the weekdays, I’m just usually working. I love Happy Hour time at Topsail in the Portside Pier complex, probably the best view in San Diego. Sunday brunch is awesome at Wonderland in OB. Some of the best views for Non restaurants are atop Mt. Soledad and paying the admission for Fort Rosecrans and walking around up there. A Cowles mountain hike is also worth the trip.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife, Tara. She has been as solid a partner as a man could want in supporting me in my entrepreneurial endeavors. She is not just a “yes” person, but will contribute to the conversation as a whole and often is my sounding board and provides counter points to stimulate for discussion before action.
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