Advanced Systems Homes, Inc.: 2015 Kansas SBDC at PSU Emerging Business of the Year
Advanced Systems Homes, Inc. – a custom modular home building business – has been building new homes for customers in a 100-mile radius of Chanute, Kansas, for over 40 years.
Their overall business goal is to continue to be a leader in their field and grow into new areas of business.
After several years of dealing with a stagnant economy, and with housing in a major slump, the Luebbering family owners (father Stanley and sons Darin and Scott), felt the need to look for outside consulting to help them grow the business. That’s when they started working with Kansas SBDC consultant Tom Byler.
Tom worked with the team by evaluating the company’s financial information, marketing efforts, and ideas for improving efficiency in all areas of the business. Tom also introduced the idea of the team working with a business coaching pilot project of the regional Prosperity Foundation. The project allowed Darin to bring in MORF Consulting at reduced cost to the company to help them delve deeper into operational areas that Tom had helped the owners identify. Tom still continues to work in collaboration with the MORF team and Advanced System owners as needed to make progress on their plans to improve efficiency as they work toward growing the business.
The secret to our success is hard work. We have a saying around here that we live by: You can’t finish if you don’t get started, so let’s get to work. Darin Luebbering
We asked the team at Advanced what their advice would be for themselves and for others interested in venturing out on their own. Here’s what they shared:
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself before purchasing/opening/expanding your small business? “Learn the financial aspect of running a business early on. Being a hard worker and expert at your craft is not enough, you also need to have a good understanding of the financial side.”
What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting a business today? “Becoming a professional at a specific job is very important in starting a business. Learning a trade, or becoming a professional manager while working for another business is very helpful before stepping out on your own. Understanding the financial side of business is also very important. If you do not know how to read a financial statement, then you will not be able to understand your business and how to run it efficiently.”
What advice would you give to someone currently in business today? “Work hard. Listen to your customers and strive to give them what they want.”