From Secretary to Handywoman

Jo Ellen Soesbee used to spend her days answering phones and filing papers. Now she sports a hard hat and wields a power drill.

Soesbee, 58, is the owner of the ToolBox TomGirl, which offers home and business repair services as well as facility maintenance services. She opened her Pasadena, Maryland-based business in 2013.

As reported in this Costco Connection article, Soesbee was a secretary for over 20 years. She stumbled upon her passion for home improvement while taking a college class with an assignment to write a business plan. Hers was about a handyman business that would handle small projects and offer other hard-to find services.

The business plan led Soesbee to launch her first company, Reliable Repairs, in 2004. Eight year later, when Soesbee and her husband went their separate ways, Reliable Repairs closed and ToolBox TomGirl was born.

Soesbee also teaches at Anne Arundel Community College where she is on the adjunct faculty for the Women’s Institute. Her LinkedIn page points out that Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects aren’t just for guys. Says the ToolBox TomGirl: “Women are just a capable and it is my quest is to empower women to do things around their homes themselves.”

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About Lynne Strang

I'm a writer who blogs about 40-and-older business owners. I am also the author of "Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40." Outside of work, I enjoy reading, cooking, vegetable gardening and exercise (especially cycling).
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