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  • I've never really had a career idea.

  • I was working in hospitality, but my dad was always like,

  • you need a career, you need to set yourself up.

  • And then one day he just sent me a picture of a mobile grooming trailer

  • and then I rang him and I thought, yeah, this sounds pretty good.

  • My name's Tori Smith and I run Tori's Pooch Parlour -

  • a mobile dog grooming business.

  • My motto is to be convenient, so I'm mobile, I'm coming to you. I want to help you out.

  • Some of them just leave their keys out and let me come and groom their dogs for them.

  • It's just one less thing that they have to do themselves and they trust me with their dogs.

  • When I started off, it was just whoever called got in. But then, after about six months,

  • I was booking up so far in advance that customers then had to get on a schedule.

  • A lot of people did say 'Oh she's just a young girl giving it a go', and they all supported me, so it was great.

  • Word of mouth in a small town has been everything.

  • So the program I took was a couple of months long, full time. We learnt basically how to

  • run our own business and prepare ourselves. We had a lot of people come in and talk to

  • us about insurances, and a lot of the things you'd never expect you needed. I think it

  • really opens your eyes with how much work a business takes to open. You can't just go

  • in with a basic idea, you really have to work out everything about it if you want to be

  • successful.

  • I mean, you learn so much along the way and expand along the way. But it's definitely

  • a course worth doing.

  • I wish I could have told myself back then that if you've got a quiet day it is not the

  • end of your business, just keep going. Just do it!

I've never really had a career idea.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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