From Layoff to Entrepreneurship

At the career channel, we regularly profile single women entrepreneurs who left the corporate world to forge their own business. This week, we are profiling Pat Tull from Phoenix, AZ who turned her corporate layoff into a lucrative new business. 

Here’s Pat’s story:

Several months ago I was laid off from the corporate job I held for a number of years. During that period, I also uprooted my life and moved in with my elderly mother to become her primary caretaker. As a single woman, I was not yet ready or financially able to retire, so I viewed these new circumstances as the perfect opportunity to try something completely different. All I knew was that I needed a position that offered flexible hours so I could take my mother to and from appointments.

I started thinking about all my vast work experience and how I could turn them into a business of my own. That’s when the light bulb went off! Over the years, I had supplemented my income by pet sitting, house sitting and child sitting for a few select families. So I thought, why not try and expand what I was already doing part time, into a full time business? After thinking through the pros and cons of starting my own business, I sat down and wrote a business plan for an errands service business.

Launched in January 2009, Pat’s Errands & Home Services focuses on three types of clientele; retirement homes, families, and corporations that offer employee appreciation incentives. In just a few short months, I’ve already exceeded the monthly income my full time corporate job provided. Many of my clients retain my services for home organization, pet care, shopping, appointment making, party planning and general errand running. And, the best part about this business is most of my new clients are referrals.

Taking the leap to start my own business took a lot of soul searching –especially during one of the worst economic periods I have ever seen. But sometimes life presents you circumstances that lead to new opportunities. I feel fortunate to have a new career that I love and one that offers me the flexibility to be there for the woman that has always been there for me.

Although my business goal is to take my clients’ list and get it done so they can enjoy their free time, my personal motto is “balance your time, simplify your life.”  And sometimes you need a little help to find that “balance.”

If you live in the Phoenix area and are interested in learning more about Pat’s Errands & Home Services, you can contact Pat Tull at:

-Allison O’Connor