Create Your Opportunities: Tips and Motivation to Start Your Own Business

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I’ve heard it referred to as drinking the “Austin Kool-Aid,” one swift sip and you are hooked. It’s the taste of possibility, freedom and the unknown. It is something that Austinites love and what has made this city so popular. It’s entrepreneurship. The opportunity to start and grow your own business is not only prevalent in this city, it is almost a rite of passage to truly experience Austin. However romanticized, starting your own business does not come without hardships. Besides the obvious teeter-totter that is job stability, there are many things to consider before taking the plunge. Luckily Tiffany Lemieux, owner of Lemieux’s Cleaning Company has a few tips for anyone ready to embrace the unknown.

Surround Yourself with Support

When first starting out, Tiffany knew that it was important to surround herself with positive people. The support system that you choose to surround yourself with can make a big impact on your success. Tiffany’s circle of support, which included her friends and family, were thrilled to see her embarking on a new venture. This kind of energy also affects the energy that you have during both your best and worst days. In addition to a solid support system, Tiffany sought out a team of counselors who specialize in marketing, HR, sales and business development. They provided the initial guidance she needed to start her business out on the right foot. As Lemieux’s Cleaning Company progresses, she continues to seek guidance from these outside sources as well as conducting her own marketing and business research.

Plan Ahead

Starting a business is an adventure, and an enticing one at that. However, before you make this leap it is pertinent that you have a strategy. Before officially launching Lemieux’s Cleaning Company, Tiffany made sure that she was clear on her goals and laid out a 7-year financial plan for her business. Having solid goals gives you more motivation to work towards them because you can easily track your progress. Although setting goals that are unachievable can become more of a burden than motivation to do better. Your goals should be attainable, realistic and motivating at the same time. “My personal goals included learning the importance of being self-sufficient and creating opportunities for myself instead of depending on anyone to create opportunities for me,” claims Tiffany. You can choose to be more specific in your goals as you develop your business.

Walk in Everyone’s Shoes

No reward comes without struggle. Starting your own business is a risk at any point in your life because there are no guarantees. When making the jump from employee to business owner, Tiffany had to change her mindset. As a business owner, you are responsible for every part of your business, from the behind the scenes administrative work to the employees and customer service. “As an owner, I work alongside my staff on some assignments to learn more about the business so that I can speak to my customers intelligently about the scope of work expected for each site,” shares Tiffany. This gives her insight to her employees’ day to day experiences so that she can understand what they need. Once you do have a staff, it is your personal responsibility to keep them employed. For Tiffany, this means landing sales and always making payroll on time. The people who work for you have to trust you.

On the customer service end, Lemieux’s Cleaning Company operates with both residential and commercial clients. Therefore, every customers’ needs are different even if the scope of work is similar. As an owner, you must understand what each customer wants even if they do not directly communicate it with you. The best businesses anticipate your needs so that they can guide you and recommend services.

Embrace the Struggle

Everyone and every business is different. Ultimately it is up to you to decide how much you can take. It may make is more bearable to know that the experiences of struggle and disappointment are perfectly normal. “Sometimes, disappointments are a part of the journey, so expect to fail and embrace your failures as learning opportunities.  It’s actually a good thing,” according to Tiffany.

Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages that you will encounter along your journey. One obvious advantage is working for yourself. Knowing that you are your own boss can provide a sense of freedom and be incredibly rewarding. For Tiffany, the pride and satisfaction of generating revenue from her very own creation is the best feeling.

business-success-toolsOn the opposite side of the spectrum, you have to accept that you will experience pitfalls along the way. You may not have a stable schedule or finances for a while when getting your business started. In addition, you are likely going to be working at all hours of the day because you always have to be on call. Again, every failure and struggle is a chance to learn something new. Each one can make you stronger and more prepared for hardships in the future.

Looking back on this past year, Tiffany is filled with pride. Lemieux’s Cleaning Company has already generated a significant amount of residential and commercial customers. Tiffany says that she has even met her first year goals! She has embraced the entrepreneurial spirit of Austin and intends to spread the feeling. “I believe that every young person should know how to create a business for himself or herself and learn how to become self-sufficient.  I’m enjoying every minute of my journey as a business owner, even the challenges.”

Quality Cleaning from Lemieux

In January of this year, Tiffany Lemieux followed her passion to own and operate a business and started Lemieux Cleaning Company. With their focus on superior residential and commercial cleaning services, Tiffany is learning more about expanding and running a successful business without compromising quality.

At home, Tiffany’s parents encouraged their children to build a knack for business. After taking course at St. Edward’s University, she was “bit by the entrepreneurial bug” and began dedicating herself to creating Lemieux logoCleaning Company. As a businesswoman, Tiffany stresses the importance of remaining both a student and a teacher. As a newcomer to the industry, she understands she may face more challenges and wants to embrace the humility that comes along with it. There are highs and lows for every entrepreneur, so she has a trustworthy team to provide advice and incentives to keep her motivated. As a teacher, Tiffany pushes others to pursue their passions, no matter how scary it may be to go at something on your own. Remaining a small business has shown Tiffany that Lemieux Cleaning can serve as a catalyst to create jobs. The ability to provide these opportunities in addition to directly communicating with her customers reaffirms Tiffany that she is on the right path.

Lemieux Cleaning Services

Currently, Lemieux Cleaning Company provides interior and exterior cleaning services in Austin, Hutto, Round Rock and Georgetown. Their goal is to exceed customers’ expectations by providing superior customer service at a minimal cost. In addition, Lemieux Cleaning believes in using environmentally safe products for all residential and commercial cleaning needs.

Lemieux Cleaning Company offers a full range of cleaning services. Cleaning times are flexible and customizable to fit each customer’s needs.

Residential Cleaning Services

– Weekly, bi-weekly, tri-weekly, monthly
– One time/Special occasions
– Spring cleaning
– Move In/Move Out

Commercial Cleaning Services

– Offices
– Construction clean-up
– Concrete floor cleaning

Windows

– Daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually
– Interior/exterior
– Screens
– Tracks

As a small company, Lemieux Cleaning Company has the unique opportunity to engage with their customers directly. Tiffany makes herself fully available in order to get feedback and constantly improve their services. The goal for Lemieux Cleaning is to provide the best experience for their customers, something that cannot be accomplished with a 1-800 phone number like other larger companies. Whether the feedback is positive or not, Tiffany knows that it is vital to hear everything in order to understand every aspect of her business.

As Tiffany continues to build Lemieux Cleaning Company, she expects significant growth, particularly in the commercial sector. As of now, she is focusing on perfecting their service, which she has the unique opportunity to do through her direct communication with customers. For Tiffany, quality is the main goal in advancing Lemieux Cleaning Company and any business.

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