We had the good fortune of connecting with Kush Kapila and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kush, what do you attribute your success to?
Being persistent. Our business is a simple concept but a logistically challenging business. When we started out every step of the way, from the financing and the buildout to hiring the right people and acquiring clients, each had barriers and roadblocks and many occassions for us to give up. We persisted and eventually “figured” out how to run a scalable mobile business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
STERLINGS Mobile Salon & Barber Co. (www.sterlingsmobile.com) is a full service salon and barbershop in a luxurious Airstream. We partner with corporations to bring our services onsite and the busy professional can book a cut, color, shave, blowout through our proprietary booking system. Since our start in 2012 we have built multiple trailers, done events across the U.S., opened a brick and mortar, partnered with the Art of Shaving and have expanded our day-to-day operations outside of San Diego. It took many years to figure out all the aspects of the business (maintenance, sales, marketing etc.). Many people have tried the idea of a mobile salon however they don’t get off the ground or close their doors soon after launching. We were persistent and patient ensuring we had a quality product and scalable business before we grew.
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 take them down to the iconic Hotel Del to grab lunch and then spend the day on their beautiful beach. Dinner at night would be in Old Town to get some authentic Mexican food. At one point during the week I would take them for lunch or dinner to my wife’s and my favorite restaurant, George’s at the Cove in La Jolla. For a little more activity, Punchbowl Social on the East End is great for games while eating and drinking. Oh and of course I would take them to get pampered at STERLINGS Mobile 🙂
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?
First my family who has supported and encouraged me despite my crazy plan of leaving a good career in tech. The second would be the Rady School of Management at UCSD. They gave me the tools to start a business but most importantly introduced me to my mentor, Mark Fackler who helped me through some of the most difficult times I had when first started STERLINGS Mobile.
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