Several years ago, I needed a job but anything that paid more than minimum wage was well over an hour’s drive from the mountains of California. The thought of spending two to three hours a day on the winding and sometimes wintry road was not something I wanted to do.
One day, a thought occurred to me, if the likes of Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and many other successful small businesses started out in their garage with not much more than an idea, why couldn’t I? I had degrees in Accounting and Computer Science, and I was used to hard work.
I thought for days about what I wanted to do within the financial constraints I now found myself in (being a single mother), and I could not afford to hire anyone starting out, so this had to be something I could do with the help of my daughters.
First, I looked around my town and found that there was no computer repair or networking companies within a 50-mile radius and only one accounting firm. Next, I had to look at my assets. I had a new computer system, I could build a computer as well as repair them, and I was the only one who could do networking in my small but growing town.
I cleared out the large walk-in closet and set up a repair station with a homemade, very long computer desk. I then designed a logo with my new small business name, went to Best Buy, set up an account, and ordered business cards that read “Your On-Site Computer and Business Services Center.”
We then made flyers with an all-in-one HP printer (after all, they are the best printers out there) and obtained a business license from the County. I had to publish my new fictitious (that is what they call it if it is not your given name) business name for three weeks in the local paper and I was ready to get to work.
We passed out the flyers and clients started to roll in. Within a little more than eight months, I had to lease a building, hire four full time employees, and had 4-contracted techies working for me as well. Within eighteen months, we were making a good profit and I could not have been happier.
The moral to this story; use what you know and start your own small business.