If you need it, they will 'Fetch' it - Job loss spurs thriving business
The unfortunate circumstance of losing his job did not lead to depression and despair for Clyde Hemmings. Instead, he teamed up with Khalice Bradshaw-Davis to build their own company - Fetch Delivery Service.
Hemmings, who is managing director of the six-month-old company, noted that there is a great need for avenues to be created that will fill the gap of time constraints which people often face, that he believes is prevalent in society.
"I was in the middle of a very important meeting one day, and I needed something to eat and the idea of convenience popped into my head, and that's how Fetch came about," Hemmings recalled.
"The loss of my job was definitely a motivating factor. It wasn't a case of desperation and a hustling mentality, though, because I have always had a business mind and ambition."
The managing director also pointed to his own observation of repercussions that stem from persons' inability to find time.
"So many times, I have seen where persons struggle to balance meeting a deadline at work and having to take care of their personal business, such as picking up their children or a simple thing as forgetting their phone at home. We are the solution to those issues and are in the business of restoring people's time," he said.
"One of the things that put a smile on my face is when a person calls me out of desperation, they can't move and they need something to be done by a certain time and we are able to fix that problem," he told The Gleaner.
Similarly, Bradshaw-Davis, who is chief operations manager, noted that customer service is an integral ingredient for any business to survive.
"We want to be your best friend, we want to be that diary where you write down activities. If you can't find the time to get groceries, we will get it for you; if you need to go to the tax office, that's where we come in. It's not just a nine-to-five service, we will go beyond for our customers," she said.
"We find, also, that although many businesses have bearers who conduct transactions, managers are the ones who mostly benefit from those services. We want to target employees and other persons who struggle to find time to balance various activities," she said.
Bradshaw-Davis also indicated the need for more incentives to be implemented to support first-ime business owners.
"Anywhere you go, or any established business owner will tell you that it takes up to three years before you start making any profit. However, as a start-up company, you are still seeing that annual taxes, the GCT (general consumption tax) and expectations are still the same," she lamented.
"I think those are some things that can be ironed out to accommodate ordinary persons who are just starting out."
She also advised persons that, "If you want to start a business, make sure it is your passion. There are days when you will want to give up. We started with only one client, but because we have a passion for people and we believed that there is a need for our services, we never gave up. We now have close to 15 clients or more."
The business owners also intend to provide employment opportunities for university students in the future, in addition to enhancing an avenue through which they can carry out their mandate as Christians.