Sooke Feature Entrepreneur Julie McDermaid owns and operates McDerMaids, a residential and commercial maid service provider. McDerMaids has been up and running since November 2012. McDerMaids serves from Sidney to Sooke, and they proudly use essential-oil-based cleaning products, Young Living, a “natural, effective alternative to traditional cleaning products.” Value-added services available from McDerMaids includes aroma therapy and organizing services. They also specialize in construction cleanups.
Here’s how Julie answered our Sooke PocketNews Questionnaire. (To be our next Feature Entrepreneur, click this link and complete the questionnaire.)
[sam_ad id=”77″ codes=”true”]When did you first know that you wanted to be self employed?
I’ve always want to be an entrepreneur. It’s in my blood. My grandmother own the corner store and raised nine children; my grandfather started an insurance firm, still in business run by my cousin. My mother sold real estate and was a top seller in her day; my father invented Northern Harvest Fruit Sorbet and the first fruits stick. My brother is a magician James Hanson and the list goes on… In our family, we like to be the BOSS.
What support systems did you have in place when you started?
My husband has been my rock, my father my adviser. Chambers of commerce and BNI is great for networking and has given me the confidence I needed to speak to larger groups. The one thing I needed to get started was to still work one job while working on my new business. To that end, my old employer Parker Johnston letting me gradually start my business and still work as a journeyman commercial flat roofer.
If you were to advise other potential entrepreneurs, what should they do, and what should they not do?
The one thing you always need to do when you start is have all your paperwork in order: WCB, insurance, business license, advertising, and so on. Having the proper documents in business will help you succeed. One thing never to do in my kind business is look un-presentable. First impressions are everything.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]What keeps you motivated? What keeps you working at your businesses? What are the biggest rewards and the worst challenges?
I stay motivated knowing my kids will have a future business to take over.
What keep me working at my business is perseverance.
The biggest reward in this business is the people we get to meet and have the pleasure to work for. We have enjoyed our time with the Sooke Santa Parades, and we have also donated many gift cards to local sports team and charity.
The worst challenge is having to turn down jobs that are not safe for my employees or don’t meet environmental standards.
Looking back, knowing what you now know, what would you have done differently?
Looking back to what I know now, I would have done nothing different. Live and learn.
At what point should an entrepreneur take the “leap of faith” and start up their business?
At any point you should take a leap of faith as long as you have a support system behind you: it is essential. It’s also essential that you have your finances in order. We saved for many years before starting this business. Be prepared to not make any money in your first three to six months, as much of your income will go back into the business to help it grow.
Any financial management advice or tips you’d like to offer?
If we could offer any financial advice, it would be: don’t borrow money (we didn’t ). As money comes in just pay yourself an hourly wage let the business grow off of it earnings, use the income to invest in your business, to help it grow even more.
Anything else you would like to add?
I was a commercial roofer for 12 years and was the fifth woman in British Columbia to get a journeyman’s ticket. But after roofing for all those years, I knew I needed a change: I wanted to be my own boss. With three of my Aunts owning their own cleaning companies in Nova Scotia and employing me as a teenager, I knew that this would be my path later in life. And thanks to the construction industry! It has taught me hard work ethics that I can now pass on to my employees.
I like to thank ALL of Sooke for supporting us into the business we have become today.
- Name Julie McDermaid
- Company McDerMaids
- Website http://mcdermaids.ca/
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/McDerMaids/
- Email Juliesmcdermaidltd@gmail.com
- Phone 778-350-6246
- Read more about Young Living here
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