If working full time was not enough, Jennifer Rowe has also been building her own business over the past year.
Rowe founded Aux Business Support last February. The premise is to provide support services for new and existing businesses.
“The idea came because in addition to my full-time job at McKee’s Weatherproofing, as I was doing a lot after hours for other people,” she explained. “People were coming to me for help. I realized that this was potentially a side gig for me.
“It’s a way of giving back to the community as well. That’s why I decided to start my business.”
Helping other businesses keeps her hopping.
“I started it in February and haven’t really had a chance to do much with the marketing side of it, website development and stuff, because I’ve been booked fully solid since about April,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun for sure, but very busy.”
She helps relieve the burden of paperwork on small businesses. Aux Business Support services include bookkeeping, mobile clerical and administrative support, preparing basic personal income tax returns, document preparation, funding applications, business and strategic planning, research and development and resume preparation.
“A lot of people don’t have time for that and it’s not their forte. For me, it’s as easy as breathing,” Rowe said. “I just do the data entry for them and make sure everything’s organized. One of my skill sets is organization and bookkeeping. I have a lot of other marketable skills. I decided to put them to use and it’s been a lot of fun.
“I used to be in the tourism industry, so I have some knowledge of that, and basic bookkeeping, tax preparation and computer repair — just little things that interest me as a person that I’m now translating into a service.”