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With a Little Help 28 With a Li With a Li With a Li With a Li With a Li With a Li ith a Little Hel ith a Little Help 28 d d ith a Little Help 28 d T T his guy’s walking down a street when he falls in a hole. Th e walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, “Can you help me out?” Th e doctor writes a prescrip- tion, throws it down in the hole, and moves on. Th en a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, “Father, I’m down in this hole; can you help me out?” Th e priest writes out a prayer, throws it downinthe hole and moves on. Th en a friend walks by. “Hey, Joe, it’s me. Can you help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Joe says, “Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.” Th e friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before, and I knowthe way out.” For many contractors, Clockwork Home Services is the friend who jumps in the hole with them. For contractor Steve Holland of One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning in Jackson, Wis., that friend in the hole has al- lowed him to take extended vacations while buying a second home in northern Wiscon- sin — but more on that later. His journey is a real rags-to-riches story. In his fi rst year out of high school, Holland worked for a farm equipment manufacturing business. However, soon his life would change. “My girlfriend’s fatherwas inthe heating and air conditioning business. I was waiting to serve an apprenticeship as an electrician, and that time (1989-1990) was not a real good time to Little Help 28 d T his guy’s walking down a street when he falls in a hole. Th e walls are so steep he can’t get out e Help 28 d T his guy’s walking down a street when he falls in a hole. Th e walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, “Can you help me out?” Th e doctor writes a prescrip- tion, throws it down in the hole, and moves on. Th en a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, “Father, I’m down in this hole; can you help me out?” Th e priest writes out a prayer, throws it downinthe hole and moves on. Th en a friend walks by. “Hey, Joe, it’s me. Can you help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Joe says, “Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.” Th e friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before, and I knowthe way out.” For many contractors, Clockwork Home Services is the friend who jumps in the hole with them. For contractor Steve Holland of One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning in Jackson, Wis., that friend in the hole has al- lowed him to take extended vacations while buying a second home in northern Wiscon- sin — but more on that later. His journey is a real rags-to-riches story. In his fi rst year out of high school, Holland worked for a farm equipment manufacturing business. However, soon his life would change. “My girlfriend’s fatherwas inthe heating and air conditioning business. I was waiting to serve an apprenticeship as an electrician, and that time (1989-1990) was not a real good time to conditioning conditioning company in 1997,” Holland said. Let the fun begin. Despite not having a penny to his name, the start-up went surpris- ingly well. Holland had customers and was keeping busy. Th e problem being he was too busy. He was working seven days a week from morning to night because he was a one-man show. Not exactly how he envisioned owning a business and having a family. “I knew how to fi x things, and I had a good rapport with customers,” Holland said. “But I was not real good at running a business. That iswhenthings started to catchupwithme.We were hiring people and that iswhen things got hairy because I had no business experience. Th at is when I got involved with AirTime 500 and learned how to run a business.” In other words, someone jumped in the hole with him. In 2003, Jim Abrams invited Holland and a few others to join him as a One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning franchi- WINTER 2010 • THE SUCCESSFUL CONTRACTOR

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