My dream is to be happy and free. Waking up without an alarm clock and working only 3 days a week. I want to be the rich auntie traveling the world who loves spoiling her nieces and nephews.
Many others have dreams about a better life, but I’m not just over here wishing. I’m taking action.
Before I became an entrepreneur, I worked in the field of Human Resources for over 15 years. I was not the typical human resources professional.
I’m not very bubbly and I can be pretty quiet. However, I was great at my job.
Employees found me trustworthy. Management listened to what I had to say and took my advice – most of the time. I feel like I really made a difference at every place I worked.
Unfortunately, I have not had the best luck choosing companies to work for. These jobs ain’t loyal!
I’ve been laid off four times throughout my adult life and three of those companies are no longer in business.
It really sucks to lose your job through no fault of your own. Not to mention the sudden fear and uncertainty.
How long will it take to find a new job?
Will I have to learn how to pole dance?
Do ramen noodles still taste as bad as I remember?
After the last layoff, I asked myself if I could really go through this crap for another few decades until retirement.
I knew I wanted to work for myself. I loved hearing about others who struck out on their own.
Years ago, I started my first business — an online jewelry boutique.
While chatting with a co-worker, she mentioned that she use to sell jewelry.
I listened intently to her story, asked questions, and took mental notes. Later on, I did some research and found that it wasn’t a difficult business to start.
So, I hopped right to it.
I registered with my state, found vendors, and designed my website in a little over a month. I was so excited about my new venture… in the beginning.
There were some parts of the business that I didn’t enjoy doing and just wasn’t good at doing.
Marketing, selling and attending vendor events was difficult for me, especially as an introvert. And even more so for a socially awkward one. I didn’t know what I was doing.
At the time I didn’t realize that I could hire someone to help me with this type of stuff. So I struggled to get consistent sales. I also struggled with wanting to keep all the merchandise for my personal use, but that’s another story.
I ended up having to close my jewelry business. That didn’t kill my desire to become an entrepreneur, though.
A few years later, I was brainstorming new ideas.
It dawned on me that other entrepreneurs needed help. Some were really talented and creative but they struggled with the administrative side of their companies. Something I’m really good at.
That is how my current business was born in 2017.
I am the founder of Yes, I Can Help You, an operations management and virtual staffing company. I help busy business owners work less and vacation more by building high-performing teams.
My services include strategic planning, done-for-you hiring, and an operations overhaul. I work mostly with service providers and creatives who are in the growth stage.
I’m also the founder of Building Her Dream, a digital magazine and platform that empowers introverted women entrepreneurs across the world to find their voice.
I created BHD to help women like me get seen and heard.
We’re doing amazing, impactful work that needs to be shared with the world. And this is a safe space for you to do it.
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If you have any ideas on how I can make this community better, I would be open to hearing them. Send me an email.
I wish you all the best in your journey!
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