Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Justin Boynton, Founder of Watch My Green, located in Rowley, MA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are a Bookkeeping Company that serves small business owners, particularly Chiropractors and ones that work with Zoho Software.
Tell us about yourself
My wife and I were surprised one day after we moved into a bigger home that we were expecting our 3rd child. We were not planning on this, so we figured out that we were going to be short every month for money, considering that we had three kids now in daycare at the same time.
So, I started looking around at ways to make money at home part-time and came across Bookkeeper Business Launch (now Bookkeeper Launch). I started my business three months later and haven't looked back. My family is what motivates me. I want to be there during sporting and other events and bus pickups and drop-offs. Working at home myself allows me to do that.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Leaving my full-time job was the biggest accomplishment for me. When I started my business, I was a full-time banker. I was able to leave that job in about ten months, having fully replaced my income.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Half days. Deciding which 12 hours to work! Just kidding... I think the hardest things are the ups and downs and managing those. One day you are on top of the world, helping 2 or 3 new clients. The next, you have one of your key teammates leave for personal reasons, leaving a big hole in service production.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Have a 'why.' You have to have a good reason because when it gets hard, you need to rely on that 'why' to pull you through the tough times.
- Develop processes early and often. This help relieves stress and lets others know how they can help you with the minimal amount of support.
- Find a mentor and listen to them. Develop a relationship with someone who has been where you want to go, and then take notes and implements what they are suggesting that you do.
Where can people find you and your business?
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