July 1st, 2021 – the day we celebrate 3 years in business. Reflecting back to where and how we started, it is crazy to think about how far we have gotten in 1,096 days.
I started Stress Free Moving Services after purchasing Big Bertha. Big Berta was a run-down truck that would break down on me at the worst possible times. Everyday there would be something new that was wrong with the truck. I would be in the middle of a move and she would stall on me… but the truth remains – she got the job done.
The motivation behind the purchase of Big Bertha was to make a bit of extra money on the side. I didn’t have the image in my head of using this truck to start a business, but long before I was ready, the seed had already been planted.
Years before Big Bertha came into my life, I had experience helping my dad’s tenants move. To be honest, I can’t say that I liked being a “mover” but with my new set of wheels and a determination to make something happen, I decided to try again.
July 1st, 2018 – my first moving job. At the time I was working in a factory full-time. I had no intentions of leaving the comfort and stability I experienced as an employee. My first moving job was helping my neighbor. Upon finishing, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment, pride, and joy. Being of service and offering value to my neighbor was a very rewarding feeling – and I wanted to continue. Again, the seed was planted.
To begin, I put my first add on Craiglist, just to see what would happen. The stars aligned and timing was on my side, because in no time at all I was filling much of my free time with not only consultations but paying customers requesting ME to be their mover. I was meeting individuals from a variety of places around Michigan. Each person with their own story and life experiences. Moving is a very intimate and meaningful time in someone’s life, and I have had the privilege of being a part and hearing many stories as we help people enter a new page in life. I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful and interesting people – this is one part of the job I truly enjoy.
Over the years I have learned to love moving, and I am proud to be here today as an entrepreneur and small business owner! Big Bertha stayed by my side for as long as I could make it work, but once the demand was truly there, I knew that I needed something more reliable… and bigger! Big Bertha 2.0 is bigger and better than ever, although I will be forever grateful for that Big Bertha help me to and through.
In 3 years what started as an idea and a side-gig has turned into a full-time job for me and I have been able to hire a team of quality individuals to help assist with moves, which means that we can help and serve more people – while remaining true to our value and integrity to help provide you with a “Stress Free” move.
I want to say “thank you” to everyone who has supported us – with words and/or actions. We are here today because of you! I am excited to see where Stress Free Moving Services will be in another 3 years!