I’d like to share with you how and why I made the leap from a devoted employee to a self-employed entrepreneur.
The fact is, my family was getting the last of my energy and I didn’t want to sit at a desk all day. I wanted to pick my son up from school, make him a snack, and help him with homework. I needed to have more freedom with my schedule and I started daydreaming about what life would be outside of a 9-5 working environment.
I had worked in downtown Bay City, Michigan since I started my career as a social worker in 2009. I watched the city transform thanks to new investors and change-makers who created wonderful spaces. New developments, cool retail shops, and an indoor farmers market really inspired me to be a part of this growth. I wasn’t sure how I could contribute yet, so I went from daydreaming to researching.
I went online and searched “small businesses with low start-up costs”. I did not want to begin with debt. Resigning from steady employment would be a big enough risk. One of the businesses that caught my eye was a concierge service. I thought this had some potential. It would fit my desire to be a part of the city growth and I could make my own hours. I talked to friends and they emphatically agreed that this is a needed service. I ordered a book about starting a concierge service and read it cover to cover. My next step was to connect with business resources because I knew NOTHING about running a business.
Central Michigan University (CMURC) had just opened a location in Uptown Bay City. They assist people with business development and growth. I made an appointment, told them my idea and they thought it had great potential. What followed was a CMURC membership, many strategy meetings, and a connection with the local SBDC office. The idea was gaining momentum and I had the support of my family so I kept going.
The final product was a concierge service that focused on small businesses. The majority of businesses in Bay County have 4 or less employees. Therefore many business owners had no resource to delegate, and I’m happy 989Concierge filled that void. It was a wonderful journey to the starting line and I hope anyone reading this knows it’s possible to create the life you want.