After a diverse and broad career in The South Australian Housing Trust, IT, computer systems analysis & programming, and public advocacy in the mental health sector, Hannah decided to create a business of her own. With a passion for helping others, Hannah has created a business, ABC Pet Services, which cares for both the elderly and their pets.
We sat down with Hannah to find out more about her entrepreneurship story.
What inspired you to start your own business?
After being retired for the past 20 years, I realised that I wanted more from myself. I had been sitting on this business idea for a long time, but I didn’t want to commit to full time employment and was looking for a model which would give freedom and the ability to travel. I am passionate about helping others and my community, and dogs are my lifeblood, having been around them since I was born, so my business idea seemed like the perfect fit for me! It was in hearing others’ stories that I realised there was a real need for elderly people to have someone they could trust take care of their pets if they were sick, injured, or unable to care for them themselves. And this is when I realised I had something to offer.
Do you consider yourself entrepreneurial?
Yes, I do. I am a dreamer, and I believe everything starts with an idea or a dream. While I have many ideas (which I like to call seeds), not all of them germinate. But, I hope that by generating enough of them, something will grow.
What do you think makes an entrepreneur successful?
There’s also an analogy I like to use from my years of climbing mountains, and that is if I keep worrying about how far I have to go to the top, I’ll never get there. It’s important to break your goal down into baby steps, and remember to look back and reflect on where you came from.
What’s one myth about entrepreneurship that you think should be busted?
I believe that an entrepreneur isn’t just someone who has their own business and plenty of materialistic possessions, stocks, or a large portfolio. I’ve come to find that entrepreneurs come in many shapes and sizes, and they aren’t always the face of a brand, but can be the quiet achiever. A true entrepreneur is at the forefront of innovation, with a desire to make the world a better place — with or without financial backing.
What’s been the best thing about your adventure so far?
The best thing about my journey so far is seeing my idea come to life! I wake up each day thinking “How did I get here?”, and the fact that my mission is falling into place is really exciting. Business is challenging and rewarding, and I’m enjoying the ride — wherever I end up!
Have you had any failures along the way where you’ve learned a valuable lesson?
Oh yes, plenty! I have tried to create 3 websites on my own for my business because I wanted to work on a tight budget. But my biggest lesson has been that my strengths are in my ideas, and it’s important to outsource and delegate on the skills and areas that I am lacking. It’s important to ask for help, and lean in to support networks when needed.
What advice would you give to someone considering entrepreneurship and self-employment?
Go for it! Take a leap of faith. I think fear is one of the most dangerous things for anyone, and it can stop us from following our hearts and acting on our ideas. So take baby steps and don’t be afraid to fail. While COVID-19 has brought about difficult times for everyone, it’s also the perfect opportunity to kick start your business and bring your dream to life!
ABC Pet Services is scheduled to launch later in the year. You can find out more from their Facebook page here.