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Meet Alfredo and Tabitha Zapata of Macho Contracting in Scottsdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alfredo and Tabitha Zapata.

Alfredo and Tabitha, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
We always knew we were supposed to start a company and strike out on our own. It took a while before we were ready and it took some hard thinking to solidify the decision. There were enticing opportunities before we made the leap but it was clear that the time was not right. When we stepped away from employment and solid jobs to pursue this direction we discovered how much we were capable of.

We initially partnered with someone and we learned quite a lot. Mostly what not to do. But without that experience we never would have known what was in us. We disconnected and formed what is now Macho Contracting and various other Macho ventures. We hit the road running with virtually nothing in the bank account. The only working currency we had was Faith.

From that day we haven’t stopped working and we only look back to see how far we’ve come. We are starting our third year in business and each year we increase our vision because we see how much there is to do and how much we can do!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road, nor has it been treacherous. Business owners usually say finding customers or making money, meeting quota, having enough left over, etc and not to say that any of those didn’t show their ugly face in our business either. We found the biggest struggle was learning to wait. Waiting means things are out of your hands and there’s not much you can do about that. That alone proves very hard for business owners because we can make anything happen (at least we think that).

1. We had to wait for the contractor’s license to be approved. And it was a second go around as the original license was associated with the first endeavor. We had to cancel the license and start from scratch. It was weeks and weeks of a wait.

2. We had to wait for vehicles and equipment. Yea you can get by with anything if you have to and we have had to but as a contractor having working equipment is essential. It’s a precious waste of time AND MONEY with vehicles and equipment breaking down. Having newer or new things is a blessing.

3. We had to wait for projects to be approved. When you are busy busy busy waiting on projects is a shoulder shrug. When you are striking out and just starting waiting for projects to be approved is nail biting. We learned to not worry and live. Instead of being anxious and missing any part of a beautiful Arizona day we just rolled the care.

4. We had to wait on future ideas and future projects. Trying to make things work means racking your brain. What if we do this or that or spend non-existent money over here? Some of these ideas were really good but we couldn’t do them right then. We have them shelved for a new future date.

Please tell us about Macho Contracting.
Our business is service geared; traditional blue collar trade work. The kind of work people look down on for themselves but don’t realize how successful they could be with a non-desk job. We get our hands dirty in other people’s houses but we actually get to serve them. Not like talking to some Customer Service Rep in New Jersey, “Thank you for calling. How can I serve you today?” No, we are standing in front of you, in your home asking you in person… “How can I help YOU?”

We specialize in work, work and work. Some of its hard work and a little bit is easy but we do it well. We make sure to converse and carry on with customers. We don’t show up with a cigarette in our mouth, make your house smell of bad attitudes and lousy service. We clean up after ourselves and we make sure you are happy.

We are proud of us. We do what we say and we say what we do. We communicate with customers – this is key. When you are in somebodies home, that is their castle whether it looks like one or not. We treat it like one and we communicate with the King/Queen of the Castle.

We are good at what we do. We know our stuff and if we don’t know something we aren’t gonna jimmy rig it. At the end of the day it will look and operate the way it’s designed to.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Hhm… Not sure that we would do anything different. We would like to change the timeline but that’s not possible. Everything happened as it should have. Could we have picked up a skill or something sooner than later? Could we have learned something faster rather than slower? Could we have adjusted course at an earlier date? Yes to all of those but we learned WHAT we needed to learn WHEN we needed to learn it.

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