Growing my pet sitting business while growing a family
As a business owner who is also a Mom, I get asked the question so many times, “Colleen, how did you build the business you did at the same time you were raising the kids?”
So I thought I would share my experience of growing my pet sitting business while raising a family and dealing with all the hundreds of tasks and responsibilities which come with both those jobs.
It almost started by accident when I was pregnant with my first baby, Lucy.
I really wanted to spend the first three months with her completely and not work at all in my business doing any pet sitting or managerial duties.
Working while the baby sleeps
So I hired my first manager with the plan that she was going to leave after three months, but I fell so much in love with my daughter and with mothering that I decided to make the manager permanent.
Having someone to take care of the day-to-day running of the pet sitting business freed me up, during the quiet times when the baby was napping, to work on business growth strategies and marketing the business.
The result: I ended up increasing the revenue by $53,000.
And that was when I realized just what a powerful tool it was hiring someone to manage the pet sitting team. The more time that you take to work on your business and stop working in your business, the more quickly you’re going to be able to scale your businesses.
Then, when our family grew to include my two boys, I still made business growth a priority.
The kids would go to a babysitter for a few hours a day so that I could still continue to work on the business. But that also meant that during the second half of the day I could completely focus on them.
And now, everyone’s at school until 4 PM, so unless I’m doing a coaching call at night that’s when I stop work.
I get to work from home, so whenever they’re sick, they get to stay home with me. We never have to worry about that. I’m at every school function, and I get to be with them during school vacations.
Hiring a team let me focus on my priorities
My pet sitting business has given me the freedom and flexibility to enjoy my family.
So that’s how I did it, guys. I had already hired my team of sitters before starting a family, but hiring a manager really made the difference in allowing me to focus my time and energy where the business, and my family, needed it the most.
That’s my advice to you, you need a team to do the client work and a manager to do the administrative work so that you can have the time to grow and multiply your business.
With that strategy, I raised these three little kids (see video above) all the while growing a company that I love.
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