Why we began our own business

May 7, 2020

Don and I love to ride around and look at homes, old towns, beautiful landscapes, nature….. we just enjoy being together most of all, but also seeing new things. We both enjoy doing yard work, landscaping, flowers, photography and just pretty things in general. We are both very particular in how things are presented and taken care of. Don is an Operations Manager at a Manufacturing Facility locally and I was an Owner Manager at a cabin rental company in Pigeon Forge (until COVID-19 destroyed the economy 🙁 ) I missed working with the owners. I really felt empty when I did not have owners to take care of all day, to help them problem solve and to just talk to them about how to update their cabins with minimum investment or adjusting their rates to bring more guests…. I really missed my work! As most of you know, there are cabin rental companies on every corner here (because there are thousands upon thousands of cabins here!) Don and I did not want to step on toes of my old employer and did not want to do what everyone else was doing, but we wanted to run our own company instead of someone else’s! And we wanted to take our interests and abilities and put them to work. We both enjoy managing projects and since we both have backgrounds with owning professional cleaning companies, remodeling, https://www.facebook.com/DonandShanaLedford/?modal=admin_todo_tour home repair and inspections, we knew this would be our specialty. We knew we could help owners that live away but manage their own reservations… There are so many owners that manage their own cabins now because of the software programs that help them, but they still need trustworthy people at a low cost to be their “local feet on the ground”. Between us and the fantastic cleaning company we knew that was needing work, we can do this! This could be a real need in a busy tourist area! Getting our name out there is the challenge. I knew one owner that was going out on their own that I have been helping for months. He was determined to do this on his own. So thankfully he gave us a chance! https://www.vrbo.com/1905974?fbclid=IwAR3GVPY6BWFl6iquvTgGD2hCP5bFmQojUl0MRUQgJpaqSRsJ2fRqNomMtnc&noDates=true check it out, it is gorgeous! Five Bears Den Gatlinburg, TN… One other thing that has been pretty helpful is a picture we took on a drive in Gatlinburg. We were near Five Bears Den and drove by this unsuspecting cabin with 5 bears in the front yard!! https://www.facebook.com/DonandShanaLedford/photos/pcb.104597101236829/104596994570173/?type=3&theater as of right now our people reached with this post is at 39,000+!! Unbelievable! I just hope some of these people own a cabin they manage on their own! 🙂 We have other services in mind that we want to offer, but that will come with time I guess. Patience is a virtue! Wisdom comes with work! So we are taking it one step at a time!

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