04 Apr “A Beacon of Hope For The Black Belt Community”
“A Beacon of Hope For The Black Belt Community”
Who is Abraham “Abe” Martin ?
Abe is a hardworking, committed guy who strives to be the best he can be and tries to help others whenever he can.
Why did you start your own trucking business?
I opened my own trucking business because I was going hard for another business, and I had to ask myself, “Why can’t I do this for myself?” Not only could I do this for myself, but I could also hire my mom and nephew. Outside of that, I have even been able to open the door for others. After seeing me take the leap, friends who were initially scared stopped dreaming, and started doing for themselves.
I come from one of the poorest counties in Alabama, so it’s big for me to be the motivating factor for them. Sometimes others just have to see someone like them doing it. In 2010, I tried to enter the car hauling business. My mom and I went everywhere we could to get a loan, but continued to get denied. My mom sat in the car and looked at me with tears in her eyes and said “I’m sorry.” I told her she didn’t have to be. After 5 years of overtime, I was able to return the favor and hire her.
You recently expanded into an office and shared with me you are looking to expand your fleet! Did you see any of this coming?
I always saw it coming; I just didn’t think it would be this soon. I thought it would be my late 30s or early 40s. I saw my dad working hard for others and I had a passion for driving trucks. I just wanted to do my own thing.
What has been your biggest obstacle thus far?
When I first got started, I had a lot of technical issues with the trailer. I was paying more money for maintenance than the amount of income I had. I can remember getting sick for a period of time and not having anyone to run my routes. I thought I was going to lose my contracts. I ended up working while sick to save my business.
Any advice or final thoughts that you would like to leave for the delayed dream chasers?
When times get hard, don’t give up. Problem after problem occurs. Forget the money; forget being the boss. The question is, “Can you stick in there when times are tough?” “Can you handle it when no one answers for you?” Those times will make or break you. Just remember, the thing about a storm is that it always ends.
Also, if you have a vision, go for it. Life is short. If you think about it or dream about it, go ahead and do it. On a job, employers determine your value and what they are going to pay you. With your own business, no one can do that. Make sure you are working behind closed doors because it will show. If you didn’t do the work, that will show, too!
This article was written by Justin Sims, (IAMMRMENTOR), In hopes of not only inspiring entrepreneurs, but young black males to be the best and the truest version of themselves.
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