Perla decided to start her multiservice company, Precise Multiservices, three months ago. After working in the multiservice industry (which offers clients access to legal, notary, and tax services) for 10 years, Perla realized that she could offer these services to a community that she felt needed them most.
Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Perla began working in the multiservices industry in the U.S. when she was 16, gaining experience as a notary with a local multiservice company in Houston, Texas. The work was immediately gratifying to Perla because, as she says, she was “doing something for somebody that they wouldn’t be able to take care of on their own.” From her first job, Perla worked constantly to better herself and the community around her. Growing up with a strong sense of family values, she balanced work, school, and family responsibilities as she grew her experience in the business.
While Perla valued all of the clients she served in the early years of her career, she found working with clients in the Hispanic communities in Houston particularly fulfilling. Many of these clients were members of low-income families with little or no education on how to complete the complex legal forms necessary to live in the United States. Because she was helping people with such unique needs, these clients quickly found a place in Perla’s heart. As a result, she slowly began to work independently with non-English speakers and their families to manage and file complicated immigration materials alongside her full-time work with larger multiservice companies.
Now, at 26, Perla is ready to take her business expertise to the next level. She says that she has been ready to start her own business for a few years but has been unable to do so for financial reasons. With this loan, she will make her dream come true. She will use the money to purchase office equipment and supplies for her at-home office space, professional business software to design a website and print business cards, and a color laser printer to offer her clients more prompt and reliable printing and copying services.
When asked what she hopes for her business in the coming years, Perla remains faithful to her family-oriented upbringing: “I hope to turn this into a family business….to move our business into a location where our services are most needed.”
Without her loan, Perla says she wouldn’t have been able to turn her dream into a reality. With this in mind, her advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to “never give up on your dreams. It might take a while, but, if you stay with it, something good is bound to happen.”
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.