Gramma’s Little Helpers is a Penticton-based business which started through the Community Futures’ Self-Employment Program. Owner Susan Anderson wanted to make a positive impact on seniors’ lives so they can stay in their own homes longer by assisting them with chores and tasks.
Susan shared some advice for budding entrepreneurs:
- Believe in yourself: be in a good place where you feel positive and can take on the world ... you will be your biggest cheerleader!
- Have a solid friend or mentor you can talk to about everything (and I mean everything)
- Treat your clients/customers as you would like to be treated and be consistent about it
She says her biggest highlights to date have included:
- Receiving business cards and car magnets: this made the business seem real
- Being proposed to by an 89 year old! “This really let me know I was doing a good job!”
- Being the boss and getting to decide how to do things.
Susan also shared that her biggest struggle is “not letting the guilt get to me when it's the weekend and I get a call from a client. Boundaries, boundaries, boundaries!”