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Keeping the sparkle

by Honorine Kaze


After working for nine years for a pool and garden care company, Eric Andrew decided to turn a new leaf and start his own company.
For the past 15 years, Andrew has been the owner and manager of Andrew Pool Maintenance.
“While I was still working for the other company, I realised there was need for more pool maintenance companies and that it could be quite lucrative to venture into a business of that type so I went for it,” Andrew says.
Andrew resigned and used his savings to start up his own pool maintenance and repair company.
In addition, he builds pools from scratch.
All he needed were pool pumps, filters, heaters and salt chlorinators.
He made space for an office at his house, from which he still operates.
“Starting up my own business was the best decision I ever took. I think I should have done it earlier. The first years was meant to get my company off the ground and get known in order to get regular clients,” Andrew points out.
He has since employed four men and his business has also grown in terms of recognition and clientele.
“To me, it is not just a service or a job but I constantly strive to a quality performance service. I know my clients can market my job to other potential clients,” he adds.
He continuously takes part in training programs offered by SME Compete and various consultations to improve his business.
 He charges N$450/month for cleaning, a service that can be done on a contractual basis of either three or six months or even a year.
At the moment, he has about 85 fixed clients whose pools he cleans on a contractual basis.
Andrew notes that building a swimming pool from scratch can cost anything from N$63 000 and upwards depending on the size.
Although his business is based in Windhoek, Andrew travels to neighbouring towns such as Rehoboth, Okahandja, Gobabis and Swakopmund when there is a job.
  “I am very content when it comes to my business. I believe that if you have experience in what you do and you are determined, then there is no doubt you would succeed."