Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sharon McRill, President of The Betty Brigade, located in Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
The Betty Brigade is a premier moving, home organization, and relocation company. We began as a small one-person operation twenty years ago, and today have earned national recognition as America's most trusted relocation specialists. We are proud of taking care of our clients like no one else.
Whether you're moving across town or across the country, relocating to a senior community, downsizing your home, upsizing to your dream home, or simply needing help decluttering, you can breathe easy knowing The Betty Brigade takes care of you and your loved ones. We ensure your move is handled sensitively and is as simple and stress-free as possible.
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we work nationally and have become known as the go-to relocation company specializing in senior moving, large and small estates, and "hard-to-move" hoarding cases.
Tell us about yourself
I had recently been laid off from a corporate marketing job and had tried other jobs here and there, but nothing seemed to fit. When I was part of the corporate world, I'd fantasize about having a personal assistant to help me with everything I didn't have time to do at home while I was so busy working.
Not long after I had lost my job, I was curled into a ball, feeling sorry for myself and watching an episode of Oprah. Then, listening to her guests being interviewed, something clicked. I jumped off the couch and decided to turn the idea of having a personal home assistant into a business concept, and The Betty Brigade was born. I started by making a list of things I was good at and reached out to contacts I had built relationships with over the years from my corporate job. Then I started getting busy. Really busy. I was getting constant referrals. I had to hire an employee to help keep track of all my appointments and to keep the business end of things organized while I was out helping clients. Today, The Betty Brigade has grown into one of the most trusted home organization and relocation companies in America, serving clients in all fifty states.
I hear people say that good help is hard to find, especially help you can trust. That's where The Betty Brigade comes to the rescue. We take care of everything when you move, so you don't have to.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Moving our services to a national level.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Keep staff engaged and motivated.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be persistent.
- Network like crazy.
- Honor your commitments.
Where can people find you and your business?
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