Shannon Jarvi is a drafter for her day job, meticulously preparing drawings of structures and equipment systems for engineers or designers. That will soon change. Her employers are relocating their company to North Carolina and she “will not be moving with it,” she says with a calm smile. While most of us would panic after suffering the news of a job loss, Shannon is welcoming the opportunity with plans to create a second career for herself. A flexible schedule, frequent interaction with new people, and being her own boss are top priorities in her search for what comes next.
“I did some soul searching…to decide what I like to do,” she says, recalling her reaction to the news. “I like to help people.”
Shannon also likes to keep moving and describes herself as “extremely organized.” She made a list of things she could do on her own that would match her priorities. Among them were house cleaning, yard work, painting and small repairs.
Shannon was recommended on Heroic and quickly landed a few regular house cleaning clients. The attention to detail she learned as a drafter has transferred well into house cleaning and organization. Her clients are thrilled with the results.
“Shannon does a fantastic job cleaning my apartment,” says Mallary Barr, one of Shannon’s first clients. “I definitely plan to keep working with her.”
Shannon’s commitment to outstanding service has been rewarded with more business. Satisfied customers have referred Shannon to their friends, family, and neighbors. The transition into full-time self-employment is not far off.
“My customers are the greatest,” Shannon says with pride. She has truly embraced her unexpected opportunity.
Shannon primarily does house cleaning and organization but describes herself as a “Jill-of-all-trades.” That title does not do her talents justice.
Shannon also has a passion for woodwork, especially refinishing and restoring old pieces of furniture. “I love house cleaning, and I plan to continue with it, but I’d also like to take on some small woodworking projects as well. For Christmas this year, my husband bought me sapphire earrings and a power sander. I’d like to put that use!”
Heroic Stories highlight the creative experts, craftsmen, and artisans who are the soul of our community’s economy. They’re the laborers of love. From bike repair specialists to custom furniture builders to chalkboard artists, they express themselves through their work and dedication comes naturally. They measure success in the personal relationships with their customers built with a focus on service and quality.