An entrepreneur who waited tables in college took away business lessons that made all the difference in his startup

Although waiting tables at college may not seem an obvious training ground for an entrepreneur, some of the most valuable lessons you can learn about running a business are the ones you learn outside of the classroom. For David Steckel, this was the job that helped him develop the skills he needed to succeed as cofounder of a company that matches customers with home maintenance vendors and contractors. Here Mark Abadi shares some of the most important lessons Steckel learned about negotiating between several parties and anticipating problems to best serve the customer.

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