Precious Martin

Dawn Cauthen-Thornton | November 14th, 2018
Precious Martin (Photos by B. Smith Photography)

Precious Martin (Photos by B. Smith Photography)

Everyone knows the sweetest revenge is most often success. Those that try to derail you from your destiny tend to be the motivation you need to push yourself to the next level. Precious Martin knows all too well what that feels like. After being terminated from her job for starting a part-time, unrelated business, Precious had time to focus on something she never even thought to consider.

A chance encounter with the landlord of the building where she was employed at the time, landed her a part time job that would not only help make ends meet, but transform her life more than she ever thought. “One day I was using the bathroom and noticed it wasn’t that clean. Then I ran into the landlord and asked her did she have someone to clean them. She assumed that she’d inherited a crew when she purchased the building but she didn’t. So, I asked if I could clean it for a fee.” Precious and her teen son, Cameron, cleaned the bathrooms twice a month for a very small fee that they split. Cameron was only 15 years old but saw the value in having a business and wanted to help his mother build hers.

That one easy question led the mother of six to start Precious Details Commercial Cleaning in March, 2015. Not only did she clean that building, but the landlord offered her the opportunity to clean other buildings she and her husband had recently acquired. Precious immediately filed for her business license and insurance that she needed to get started. It didn’t take long for others to notice her new success and become interested. She juggled a full-time job, a part-time business, and her children and their activities. It was all-consuming, but it was certainly worth it.

Weeks after acquiring the additional buildings, she considered leaving her job to focus on her endeavors, but she was dedicated to helping the company succeed. She took on role after role, hoping someone would come to her rescue, instead, more work was piled on. “I kept changing the date on my resignation letter because I wanted to make sure the company was going to be okay.” Eventually citing ‘conflict of interest’, Precious’s job abruptly ended. The same day she was terminated, she gained three new cleaning contracts. Her company has steadily grown since that day, to include a BMW plant in the area. Her former boss even offered to partner with her after he noticed the expansion.

Since 2015 the company has grown from 1 building to 35 buildings, and from 2 employees (Precious and Cameron) to 20 part-time employees. She is hoping to expand her team to full-time employees as well as management level members by the first quarter of 2019 due to a new role she’ll be taking on.

Precious’s son, Tyshun ‘Deebo’ Samuel is a senior and star wide receiver at the University of South Carolina, where he just received the SEC player of the Week recognition. He plans to enter the NFL draft in the spring with Precious as his manager and the rest of his family by his side. “I hate to call Deebo my stepson because he’s my baby and I respect their mother. But they’re all my babies.” Precious has four biological children, and two children she’s raised since they were both young children. She also has 10 grandchildren with one on the way.

The multi-faceted mother, grandmother, wife, and business owner’s ultimate goal is to gross at least $1 million, and though it’s ambitious, it isn’t impossible. Within the first three years she increased her profit by almost 1000%. Initially, Precious played every position but quickly realized she couldn’t do it all by herself. Through trial-and-error, she decided to outsource the most important roles – payroll and accounting. Her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in marketing has also helped her make sound decisions and catapult her company quickly. It hasn’t been all roses, however. The stress caused by her busy lifestyle has unfortunately put her health at risk. Precious is a diabetic and was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure. At one time in her life, she adopted a vegan lifestyle and saw dramatic changes in her numbers. Luckilyshe’s no stranger to modifying situations that aren’t in her best interest.

“One of the most valuable things I learned is that it’s ok to fire a client. When I’ve let one go, I gained one that was more valuable,” says Precious. She’s a strong believer, that if it doesn’t make you money, it’s not worth it.

As much as she loves her business, Precious is considering passing it on to her son Cameron, a college student at Limestone College in Gaffney, SC. Cameron has watched his mother raise a family, start a business from the ground up, and struggle through school. She’s groomed him over the years and now he is a Business Management major excited about the future.

“My mom has taught me so much about owning a business, paying bills and having a good credit score,” Cameron says. He even trades financial information with one of his buddies so they can both stay on track.

Precious has also considered selling to a buyer who has more time than she does so she can set her sights solely on managing Deebo’s potential professional career. The two are extremely close and Deebo doesn’t hesitate to gush about what she means to him.

“The relationship I have with my stepmother has changed my life in many ways. There is so much she’s taught me that has kept me going in the right direction. She’s shown me how to block things out and not let them affect me. And she’s always told me that I was going to be something with or without football because that is just a way to pay for my education. I’m looking forward to hearing my name called and letting my dream of playing in the NFL come true and I like that she will be my manager because I trust her,” explains Deebo.

Precious is one special lady who works around the clock for her family, giving her time, her knowledge, and often allowing her own health to suffer. “She is my ride or die and I’m very proud of all that she’s accomplished,” explains Cameron.

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