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Archive for April, 2018

Errand.Girl has changed a lot over the last few years.

It’s been awhile since I have posted.  It seems to take a while to get things up and running and that first year was good with business  trying to settle into my little niche.  I was offering so many things to see what I could get it going.  Party favors, organizing, even gift baskets.  But I soon came to realize I was offering too way too much.  It wasn’t a problem, but my time is also important and I charge by the hour and if I buy items to make a gift basket, it will still take time to make that basket as well as cost money to do it.  So, while I love all things creative, I will just leave it all to you.  I will buy your supplies and you can put it all together.

After the first year, I started doing more for others in different ways.  Errand.Girl is a service business.  It changes from day to day.  What do you have that you need done?  Documents picked up and delivered?  Groceries for that last minute party?  I do realize there are many businesses out there that do this now.  Smaller businesses offer more of a personal touch.

I am Errand. Girl.  I run your errands, pick up dry cleaning and pick up documents.   I have picked up groceries, documents, dinner  and prescriptions.

I have had  interesting experiences in the last couple of years.  My job brings me many different opportunities.  I am able to pick up your item and mail it to you. There is a limit on how much I will spend out of my own pocket.

How my services work:  I charge $25.00 an hour and .55 cents a mile.  You pay me for my service, the item and mailing the item to you.   Payment is due at the time of service.  I take credit cards through Square and PayPal.

What I am learning

I am in a college course on entrepreneurship and need to share what I have been learning.  In a busines, it is important to have a journal to look back at the things you have done.  I started a journal years ago, but have also had some changes in my life and wanted to use the website as a blog as I make changes.  My business has changed over the course of the six years I have been in business.  I have had some good experiences and I have had some bad experiences, but overall I love the adventures I have and the opportunities I have had through it all.  It isn’t easy and even getting it going was a lot of hard work.

In the article I am reading by Jeff Sandefer  “Your entrepreneur Journal” he says ” we learn at least two things from journaling; 1 to write and store things that are important and 2 to reflect on those things.  I agree with him.  I am a regular journal writer.  I write daily.  I reflect on things in the past and review them.  I haven’t always done it as expertly about my business, but I use small blurbs on Facebook about places I have been when I post. That has led to conversations with some people all over the world.  At some point of all this, I wish I had written step by step instructions, but  I didn’t.  I do that in other jobs, but to tell you the truth, I didn’t always know how to start a business and what got me started, may be different for others.

One of the other talks I read this week is by Elder Bednar “Your whole soul as an offering unto him”  first I love this talk and how it relates to me, but also how it can even relate to a business.  As I think about my “whole Soul” to me it means putting my heart into it and doing my best.  In this talk Elder Bednar reminds us to make God our first priority and put our whole soul unto him.  In using him as our mentor, we can do a lot.  God is my mentor in business, he has been there every step of the way.  Even when I am afraid to make those changes, I pray for his guidance and find the extra push that I need to move a little farther or take another step.  In business we make sacrifices in order to achieve what we want.

Networking is also a key tool in business.  You never know who you will talk to and how they can help.  One of my  mentors is now gone, but she really believed in my business and was always giving me ideas of who I could contact or sharing ideas to help me advertise.  I appreciated her help and how she shared with so many about my business.  We can accomplish so much by just talking to others.