Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in home care but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Mindy Foster, founder, and owner of Love Your Space Organizing, located in Fredericton, NB, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Love Your Space Organizing is a family business offering transformational services in home and office organizing. Our work primarily involves decluttering, space planning, product solutions, and custom storage designs. Our clients are professionals with packed schedules who have little time to manage their spaces effectively. We are able to work with folks both on-site in their homes and virtually.
Tell us about yourself
Since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed the organizing process. Even before I knew what it was, I was already doing it in my childhood home. I would clear and put it back together with a chaotic space, whether it was the attic, the linen closet, or the kitchen cupboards. Everything about it was so much fun; the sorting, getting family members on board to edit what we no longer needed, and the challenge of making it all nice and accessible again just made my heart happy.
In the early 2000's, I was introduced to professional organizer Peter Walsh's TV program called Clean Sweep. I immediately recognized the process and researched the industry. It seemed at the time that being a professional organizer was something for big urban centres and wouldn't thrive in my small city.
Many, many years later, my longtime role in post-secondary education was ending, and I was searching for what to do next. My heart kept taking me back to professional organizing, and I couldn't pass up the chance to go out on a limb in pursuing my passion. I just knew I was meant to provide relief from the burden of clutter.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I'm located in a small, conservative city in Atlantic Canada. I've been so fortunate to have been well received in this market. When I decided to pursue this business, I was told by countless people that the business would not thrive here. In fact, I had been told that similar companies did not survive my market.
My response was always that it wasn't me who offered the services in the past. I just knew it was what I was meant to do and carried on regardless.
Making this business work in such a conservative market wasn't an easy feat. It required me to press on every single day, letting folks know how I could help. My persistence and diligence has paid off, and we are now an established 5-year-old business.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest thing for me in this business is not being able to help everyone whom I recognize could benefit. They may not be ready for the help, or they may not have funds available. The next hardest has to be the behind-the-scenes tasks associated with operating a business. I just want to play and organize all day long.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Pursue what you are most passionate about.
- Seek out a mentor.
- Create revenue stream(s) to sustain your living while you grow the business.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
The single most important thing for any business owner is to get involved in something that you truly enjoy doing. That thing you get lost in. That thing you want to spend all your time doing. Pursue it, and the money will come.
Where can people find you and your business?
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