I just realized that this month marks my 20th year in business. Wow!
1997 was the year I officially took out a business license to formalize the work I’d been doing on the side for many years.
My husband had passed away a couple years earlier, leaving me a young widow to raise our daughter alone.
Untimely deaths like that make you acutely aware of how short life is, and I knew I didn’t want to spend the rest of mine punching someone else’s clock.
I wanted to earn an honest living using my skills and talents doing good and helping others in their businesses, but I also wanted to have more control over my own life, to be more self-directed. That’s when I set my path toward business ownership.
I’ve always believed that while work can be a great source of pride, fulfillment and purpose, it shouldn’t require you to compromise your priorities or sacrifice what’s most important in life.
My motto is that your business should support and enrich your life, not suck the life from you.
I engineered my business around this standard by being selective about clients so I can be happy and appreciated in my work and setting the policies and systems that give me more breathing room and the freedom and flexibility to enjoy life while taking great care of my clients.
Since 2004, it’s also been my privilege to be a mentor-at-large to the industry, helping others start their own administrative support businesses and shape those businesses in ways that give them more time for life and joy and happiness in their work.
My daughter has now entered her 30s (what?!), around the same age that I started my business. I love that she got to grow up watching — and helping — me build the business and seeing entrepreneurial spirit in action. I’m so proud to see the values of passion, hard work and living life on your own terms instilled in her at a young age.
Happy business birthday to me! Here’s to another 20!