We had the good fortune of connecting with Tarik Khribech and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tarik, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It’s very scary when starting your own business. There are so many risks and doubts that come with it. You question yourself. People, you know, they question you. But, in the end, it’s all about taking a risk and believing in yourself and that you can do it. It’s a leap of faith. Of course, it helps to do your research and have experience in the industry, too.
What should our readers know about your business?
Watching everything my father did, I learned the power of negotiation. It finally occurred to me that everything in life is subject to it. One of the most fundamental principles I live by now comes from the example my father taught, without his even trying to — “If you don’t ask, you’ll never get.” So whether you want a better deal or faster time, you won’t get either if you don’t ask. ChoreRelief is my third business. I wanted to build something different that solves a real problem for homeowners and landlords as well as the workforce. Our core principle is to provide value first. If users like it, they will have no problem paying for it. So rather than stand in the middle of the negotiation, we built a social network that allows the consumer and workers to agree on terms and pricing together. We understand the user experience must be super simple, and we also understand the value of time, so speed is fundamental to our approach. If you compare what we have built to what the giant home repair and maintenance players offer, there is no doubt consumers love our solution more. That’s because we understand both sides of the market. After all, I am not just the entrepreneur behind ChoreRelief, I’m also a customer. And as an entrepreneur, I wanted a tool that would save my customers tons of time and money, as that’s a common goal of consumers when sampling new products or services. As a customer, I get to test how well we’re doing against that goal, and to make sure the value is there.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I’m a guy who likes the outdoors. I’ve lived in cities most of my life, but I’m not a “city walker” guy. Whenever I get the chance, I take my dog for a long walk in the woods or a forest preserve to connect with nature and clear my head. So, a visiting guest would need to bring their field shoes because we’d spend plenty of time there. Of course, in non-pandemic times, I would take them to my favorite restaurants and lounges and do some sightseeing. I’d be up for anything they’d want to see, as I’d be grateful for the diversion from work. I’m not someone who takes vacations, so I have to rely on others to visit me to get that kind of break.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I would like to thank and ask the forgiveness of those who are closest to me, especially my family. I know I have been so focused on building the business that there are times I have neglected their needs. Yes, it’s one of the sacrifices we all have to make, but it’s the thing that’s hardest on the people you care about most. That said, their support is one of the fueling factors that has kept me going and allowed me never to think about giving up. I also want to thank the people who told me, “You can’t do that, it will never work, and you’ll never make it.” I don’t know about you, but that has made me want to succeed even more. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve had to adjust my ideas to weather various storms, just like any founder of a start-up. But if I can sound a little self-centered here, every entrepreneur should thank themselves, too. The entrepreneurial road is a very lonely one — exhausting, challenging, with some long distances between victories — and even when something great happens, there is precious little time to enjoy the fruits of your work because there’s always so much left to do. So you’re risking your time, your stamina, your peace of mind, your quality of life, your social life, your finances, and maybe even some of your health, and you should remember to take a moment to be grateful to your brain and your body for the help they are giving you.