My dad started Saddle Up as a retirement hobby with 17 saddles in his basement. I made him business cards and flyers to help him get started, but otherwise he ran the business on his own while I continued my career in finance and marketing. In 2009, as I was ending a position with a tax preparation company, my dad wanted to leverage my experience with business tax and bookkeeping services and asked me to look at his books as he was having some financial troubles. I very quickly saw that the business had a lot of potential and asked my dad if he would like to partner up: he would be my cowboy and I would be his business girl.
About 6 months into our business partnership, my dad became very ill and spent the next year in and out of the hospital. I kept the business going, but unfortunately went through all my savings. When my dad was healthy enough to return to work, I had to pursue work outside the shop because of my financial situation, but I continued to work weekends at Saddle Up and managing all the finances. About a year later my parents came to me and said my dad’s health would no longer allow him to work full-time at the shop and asked me if I still wanted to pursue owning the business myself. I decided to give it a go and that’s when I was first introduced to Mi Casa.
I took Mi Casa’s Business Breakthrough class in 2013 and it was amazing! The step-by-step process of drilling down on your business and making your goals attainable was so helpful and the Business Consultant I met with was incredible.
In August of 2016 our largest competitor closed their doors, giving Saddle Up a nice surge in growth. I realized it was time for me to take a new position in the company, so I could back out of working in the business and focus my time working on the business. That fall I took the Business Breakthrough class again and I’m so glad I did. Without the class it’s hard to take the time to drill down and analyze what steps you need to take to keep things moving forward. Everything I learned from the class helped me reach my goals.
Fast forward to 2019: we carry over 250 new and used saddles, I have 5 employees, and I’m working on a 2,400 square foot addition to my current building. At the same time Mi Casa came shining through with a new class called Calculating Growth – the timing was perfect! Mi Casa has been there to help me determine what key areas I need to focus on and what areas I should pass off to my newly-hired manager, so I can continue to grow my business.
Thank you, Mi Casa, for a priceless relationship!