Career Road I'd Take Again...In A Heartbeat!
What fun I’ve had! Hard work, yes, but rewarding too. I loved (well almost) every minute of it!
I have been an entrepreneur ever since I can remember.
I remember walking in the woods--and creek--behind my parent’s home where I
picked wild blackberries and raspberries and then going door-to-door to sell
them. At 15 cents a quart...yes...big bucks.I just loved it.
At 12 years of age, I again went door-to-door selling subscriptions to the
town’s weekly newspaper and then traveling my paper route.
I was in heaven.
Now, I could buy every Donald Duck comic book!
Early in my career I had solid experiences as an employee: W. T. Grant Co.,
Kroger Co., academic administrator, convention center manager and regional
manager for a manufacture’s retail stores.
All the while I was longing to start my own business.
Using lessons gained from the school-of-life, two
Master Degrees and my strong belief that I could be successful as an
entrepreneur, I left my last job as an employee and began researching how I
could begin my dream.
As you can see, I’ve traveled many entrepreneurial roads.
An Overview of the Businesses I've Started
Medical Television Educational Programs:
- Developed the nations third largest hospital TV network.
Developed and broadcast programs for physicians and nurses and operated a
24/7 patient education channel. We traveled to many places in the US,
Mexico and Europe developing programs. I still can't believe I was paid to
do what I truly loved!
- Became a
major player in Medical Illustration and Medical Photography working with
medical schools, researchers and pharmaceutical companies. Essentially, we
took highly technical information and conveyed it in a manner, which normal
people could understand.
Leisure Travel Agency:
the third leisure travel agency in the US located in a large regional mall
and the first travel agency located in a Kroger store. Earned several
awards as an excellent agency.
knew I wanted to start an interior decorating business because the margins
are so fantastic. Goal was to break down perceived barriers by women to
using my company. After conducting
man-on-the-street interviews with women
over 40, I named the business "Decorate With What You
Have." Long before this type of business became popular, we helped
women decorate their homes "with what they have."
- We charged a
flat fee to visit their home and make decorating suggestions. Plus we
developed a remarkable business
selling wallpaper, custom window treatments, faux painting and decorative knickknacks.
- We even developed relationships with congtractors, kitchen cabinet companies, Upholsters, fabric and wallpaper sellers, wallpaper hangers, etc. and received a percentage of any sale for our referal. This was an unexpected profit winfall!
Home Restoration: Along with my Brothe, I
bought, restored and leased or sold "historic homes" in urban core areas. This
promoted market rate housing for middle and upper income families who wanted to
live in a beautiful home in an urban core neighborhood.
- We never
"rehabbed" but "restored" these properties long before this
was the fashion. People will pay big bucks for a beautifully restored home.
- Developing successful online businesses in recent years have been a
passion. I have always known how to pick a business niche. All I had to do
was learn how to build a website that draws traffic to it, which I did.
- I have built this educational website using a company called Solo Build It. I had zero knowledge about how to do this. Solo Build It held my hand each step. They have changed my life forever!!This is a marketing adventure, which I thoroughly enjoy.
Online Business Counselor:
- This is my newest effort. Because so many individuals have helped me over
the years, I have dedicated my life to "playing it forward"
by helping individuals, nonprofit organizations and churches start and
market successful online businesses of their own.
- MY SERVICES ARE FREE!!!
- I WILL NEVER TRY TO SELL YOU ANYTHING. I JUST WANT TO PAY IT FORWARD!!
Over my adult life I have counseled dozens upon dozens
of business owners and would-be business owners in how to improve or
start their business. I have had great fun. For the most
part, each counseled entrepreneur improved upon her or his success. There were
many, many happy endings!
- I truly enjoye this aspect of my
I just want to pay it forward
How Was My Entrepreneurial Life Different?
- What has made my entrepreneurial life different, to a large extent, from
other entrepreneurs is the following:
- Every business was started
from scratch. I did all the research, planning, leasing of space,
designing and renovation, recruiting hiring of staff, etc. Hey, I even
cleaned the john!
- Every business has been
different. They were not even related to each other.I knew literally nothing
about each business prior to starting it! But, I hired people who did and
worked hard to educate myself.
- All my businesses have been
greatly successful. I focused on profit-- knowing first, that I had to
provide information and services to my customers/clients at a fair and
- With the exception of my real
estate and online businesses that my Brother and I still own, I followed this simple
pattern: (1) I started a business; (2) grew it to profitability; (3) sold
it for a profit; and (4) started another new business and repeated the pattern.
- Each business started was "non-traditional in terms of
location or service." I needed to get a marketing leg-up on the competition.
What I Learned
I've learned how to start any business...even those I know
nothing about...and have it thrive. It's just a matter of following a "process." It surely is a gift and I thank the Lord
I love starting businesses. I seem to be very good at it.
So many individuals have guided and counseled me. I have been lucky to have
such people in my life.That's why I want to "Pay It Foeward."
With profitable-small-business-ideas.com, my goal is to simply
provide solid, reliable information to help you start online and offline businesses that will
I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE HERE!
I would be so very pleased if I succeeded in helping you.
As you go through my website, I warmly welcome any question. Of course,
there is never a charge.
Helping others is my goal of "Paying It Forward."
THANKS FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE PARTS OF MY LIFE WITH YOU.
Small Business Counselor