I started cleaning more than 35 years ago and I did well. My customers loved me and I couldn't believe that people would pay $5 an hour to have their homes cleaned!
Eight years later, I had more customers than I could handle and I knew that I was ready to build a business and hire employees. It was time for me to go from cleaner to owner.
It was a tough transition. It felt like everything that was easy when it was just me was now hard, full of drama and chaos -- hiring, training, bidding, winning and retaining. My business started to feel more like a burden than an asset, and my dream of running my own cleaning company was falling away. I remember telling my husband that I thought I was going to have to close my doors.
Then I made the best decision of my life and saved my failing business.