Local Women: Jessica Olsen
Based out of Williamston where she grew up, Jessica Olsen started her own business, Olsen Concierge, where she helps people organize their lives in the Greater Lansing area. Her services include home organization, event planning, personal shopping, pet and child care and house sitting. You can visit her online at www.olsenconcierge.com.
Q: HOW DID YOU BECOME INSPIRED TO RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
A: Since I was in third grade, I’ve wanted to own a business. After I went to school at Central Michigan University, I got a job in the corporate world and realized that was not the right path for me. I decided to go ahead and start my business. My ultimate goal is to one day own a bakery. I began Olsen Concierge because I had experience with personal assisting, which is something I love doing. I love helping people, and I find it rewarding when I do organization. When I organize someone’s home, they’re so happy because they don’t have the time to do it themselves.
Q: WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO ENTER THIS FIELD OF WORK?
A: I like helping people. I have one client who is disabled with multiple sclerosis, cancer and a thyroid problem. She can’t drive any more. I take her to her doctor appointments along with other things because her husband works full-time. She always tells me how much she appreciates me, and that’s very rewarding. Other people say the same thing because I don’t really have competition out there. It’s a very unique business. It’s very self-rewarding, and it makes you feel good to help people in that way.
Q: HOW ARE YOU INVOLVED IN HELPING OTHERS OUTSIDE OF YOUR BUSINESS?
A: I’m part of the Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce along with the MSU Entrepreneurial Association. I’m also trying to get more involved with the Junior League of Lansing. I’m striving to get more involved in volunteering to become more a part of the community. I haven’t been in the Lansing area that long — I moved here from Detroit in April. I want to get the word out about the service I can provide for people. I think I have a great idea, and it’s just a matter of reaching out to different networks.
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