Owning a small business was never in my life plan. I never dreamt of being my own boss or experiencing many of the challenges and rewards you often hear of when you talk to a small business owner.
Becoming a The UPS Store franchisee happened by chance. Before I opened my The UPS Store, I was the executive director at another company and used The UPS Store in Wasilla, Alaska frequently. Joey, the owner at the time, would listen to my wild marketing ideas – I was always asking him, “Can you make me some (insert crazy marketing idea)?” And his answer was always, “Yes.” He always found a way to make it happen. He was inspiring, and sparked the idea that I might want to own my own business.
When Joey sold the store to another owner, I felt like I had missed my opportunity. But about four months later, I heard about another The UPS Store franchise location that went up for sale. I contacted the owner and before I knew it, I was the proud owner of my very own business.
The problem was, I had no clue what it would take to run a small business. I thought I could let the current employees run the store, keep my full-time job, and come in and create cool things like Joey did. It didn’t take long to figure out that there was much more to operating a business. If I wanted to be successful, I had to get to work, figure it out and have the same mentality that Joey did: always say, “Yes.”
The first couple of years were hard, not only on me, but also on my family. It took a lot of effort to put everything into place with the business and learn how to balance my time with my husband and kids. But eventually I made it work and even spent time working with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to get included in their HUBZone program as a woman-owned business.
I’ve learned that even though it’s a lot of work, owning a business can be very rewarding personally and professionally – you just have to find that balance. Though I am the Chief-Everything-Officer in charge of employee relations, accounts payable and receivable, marketing, imaging consulting, graphic design, and much more, owning a The UPS Store franchise gave me access to an already proven business model and resources that made my life a whole lot easier.
So, for any female business owners out there, my advice to you is this: do what you love and work hard at it, but create a life for yourself that allows you to focus on your business while also enjoying the other stuff.
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