If you’re like I used to be, you’re looking for your keys, checkbook or through a pile of papers when you should already be in the car on your way. I nipped that problem in the bud when I finally designated a “home” for everything. Having a home for an item should mean that there is only one logical place for you to look for it. Here’s an approach to help you determine a home for all the groups of items in your home or office.
I never aspired to become an entrepreneur. In fact, I didn’t even know that word until I was in my forties. I have to admit I couldn’t even pronounce it at first. But here I am, almost 15 years later starting the seventh year of my second business. Along the way, I have learned some valuable lessons, one of which I’d like to share.
When the idea for what was to become Queen City Transitions was presented to me, I was reading a book called What Color is Your Parachute. In it, the author suggested that whatever idea I had was not new so I should find someone doing the same thing in another geographic area of the country and pick their brain. It turns out, there was a whole industry called Senior Move Management. NASMM, the National Association of Move Managers has over 800 members around the country. In other words, I have a large group of peers out there who want to help me succeed.
Lesson number one is to tap into the networks that are available to you and ask for help. I have found invaluable resources and tidbits of information from people who have already made the mistakes that I am trying to avoid. In addition, I am a great source of experience for move managers and other entrepreneurs who are just starting out.
In the beginning, I had many unanswered questions about the best paths to take to build a successful small business. SCORE (the Senior Core of Retired Executives), XLAB (Xavier Launch a Business), Bad Girl Ventures, and NASMM all provided me with resources to answer these questions and many more. Now, through my years of experience and learning, it finally feels great to give back!