Some time ago I got to write an in-depth Starter Story about my MaidThis Franchise journey. Not everyone will be interested in the long story, so I decided to put together a shorter version of that article, with some links to other articles I've written in the last year which build out chapters of this journey.
How It Started
It was 2013. I was 24 at the time and was content working at my job in venture capital. I did not hate my job. But I knew I wanted to build a side income, and more importantly, travel extensively in the future, and I couldn't do that on the traditional career track. My family's video rental business was also in its waning days and I wanted to help them out financially, and an additional income stream could do just that.
I looked at (and tried) all sorts of things (think e-commerce, micro blogging, etc.) before running across a Reddit thread about a cleaning business that changed my life. MaidThis was born.
That Nomad Life
I didn't quit my job right away. I waited until we were doing $30k in monthly revenue before I did and started traveling.
I spent five years doing that, which stopped abruptly (as it did for many) in March 2020. I learned so much along the way, like how to date, meet people, and what coliving was like.
So while I might get back on the road a lot more in the future, for now I'm home-basing out of LA.
Home-basing reminded me of the challenges of time zones when nomad-ing because you're still subject to some of those challenges because of your distributed team. But it also gave me more time to devote to growing the franchise side of the business, as well as time to consider how much geography has to do with how you grow your business.
I've also used the time at home to start the Remote Local Podcast with my friend and business partner David Lahav as well as get active on Twitter, which I finally figured out after years of ignoring it.
How's It Going
Now that MaidThis is more mature and we continue to hire great people, I've tried to share some of the important stages of my journey and the insights I've gained, like moving from a solopreneur to a CEO, or how limiting beliefs can't just be discarded, they have to be replaced by empowering beliefs.
I'll keep sharing those insights here. If there's something you want me to cover, message me on Twitter and I'll do my best to record an episode, build a thread, or write an article about it.
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This article was written by Neel from MaidThis Franchise, a remote-local franchise opportunity for people looking to escape the rate race and reach financial freedom. Learn more here.