"I saw a slipform machine—a specialized piece of equipment that could do 10 times the amount of work I could do busting my back," he said. "I found a used machine that was $60,000, but I did not have the money to purchase it at the time."
This man, who grew up with nothing and finally had a business and a home, decided to sell his house and gamble on an even bigger dream. He explained, "My mind-set is always not to settle for what we have today but to go for a little bit more. I talked with Joan, and together we decided to sell the house and invest in our future."
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Joan's thoughts on the gamble were a little less enthusiastic: "I was not a gambler and was extremely nervous, but he had so much excitement and confidence, that convinced me we just needed to go for it. "
It was a smart move. Profits went up substantially after they acquired the slipform. After the first year, their gross revenue was approximately $300,000; five years later their gross revenue was $3,000,000. Within 15 years their contracts soared from million-dollar contracts to $10-million-plus jobs.
Now, 33 years after Boyce and Joan took their leap of faith, Muse Concrete Contractors employees more than 120 workers and is currently approaching $20 million annually in gross revenue. (Boyce serves as president while Joan is chief financial officer.)