Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Cheryl Christ, founder of Simply Home Relocation, located in Prosper, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business is Simply Home Relocation. We pack and organize homes. Our customers are local families and seniors who have an upcoming move or would like help organizing an area of their home.
Tell us about yourself
I was blessed with an amazing opportunity to work as a personal assistant for an incredible couple for 17 years. When they decided to move back to Canada and sell two of their homes, I was tasked with orchestrating multiple moves, which included immigration, car transport, antique auctions, COVID-19 restrictions, and a lot of complicated packing. It was glorious. I had found my calling. Two months later, I was packing and organizing similar moves for other families.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner so far was finding amazing, hard-working, and talented people to work with. At the peak of moving season, we were a team of 10 and had built an amazing community that enjoyed working together. I also had the opportunity to help 2 team members start their own businesses, and we have been a great support to each other since.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
The hardest part of being a business owner is learning to do parts of the job that do not come naturally. I am by nature an organizer, so scheduling and organizing schedules came easily. Marketing, networking, and public speaking have been more difficult, but as a business owner, you do your best to learn and grow where you are needed.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
My first tip to new entrepreneurs is to reach out to others in your field. If you are genuinely asking for advice, most people are happy to help make connections and give honest input.
Secondly, I suggest setting boundaries on what you are willing to do and how far you are willing to travel. It is easy to accept every opportunity when you first start, but it is important to know and let others know your boundaries, and they will respect you for it.
Finally, I recommend underpromising and overdelivering. Getting great reviews and building good relationships is the best foundation you can give your business.
Where can people find you and your business?
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