Help! I’ve Started My Business! What Do I Do Now? Part 2 with Angi Reid
If you have just started a business, if you’re thinking about starting a business, thinking of selling your business, or you’ve already sold your business, you’ve come to the right place. A business can be all-consuming. It can become part of the way you eat, sleep and breathe. It can become part of your family, or start to feel like one of your children. Those are just some of the things Angi Reid felt as she grew and ultimately sold her catering and event venue.
If you haven’t already read Part 1 of this three-part series, you’ll want to start there: Help! I’ve Started My Business! What Do I Do Now? Part 1 with Angi Reid. Then you’ll have the background you need to move through Angi’s journey with her.
This article, along with the other two in the series, has been developed using Angi’s own words from the Brand Builders TV episode Help! I’ve Started my Business! What Do I Do Now? with Angi Reid. You may wish to watch the entire episode below, or scroll down a bit to read about how Angi moved on after selling her business—which was a big part of her life.
A Bit About Angi Reid
With nearly 20 years’ experience in corporate administration, sales and purchasing, Angi Reid bought a catering business and transformed it into a full-service event and banquet venue. After she received an unexpected offer from someone who wanted to buy the business, she sold it…only to find herself feeling alone, depressed and without a plan for what would come next.
Inspired by a compliment from her own Reflexologist years prior, she listened to her intuition and became certified in Reflexology. To that she added a desire to learn more about essential oils, and voila! FLŌ (Feet Love Oils) was born. Today, Angi is a published columnist, author, Reflexologist, essential oils educator, international speaker, owner of four business locations…all part of helping others to enhance their physical, emotional and financial health.
You’ve read about Angi’s first business. Now let’s hear about what happened when she sold it, in her own words.
I Started My Business…Then I Sold My Business
In 2003, a friend of a friend of a friend came to my door and asked if I would be willing to sell my business. I thought and prayed about it. I recognized that everything is for sale, for the right price, except for my soul. I upped the value of the business. I went back to her and told her what I wanted for the company, considering that I had events planned for the next year-and-a-half. The next day she said, “Yes!”
I had no idea what I was going to do. In 60 days’ time, we signed the papers and I was gone. I thought the new owners might call me to use my expertise and some of my successes and information I’d gathered along the way. But, no, they didn’t need me anymore.
The boys I had been signing paychecks for…they were my family. I loved them dearly and we worked together day and night. There were a lot of nights I didn’t get out of there until three or four in the morning. It was a hard job, but it was very lucrative.
So I closed on the business. I was able to pay off my home and make some investments. I had never gotten one check that large in my life. It was very unexpected. That was 17 years ago, and I had no idea what was ahead of me.
There was depression. I questioned my direction—I had no earthly idea what I was going to do. I felt lonely. I felt like I had lost my identity, because up until that point, I was known as Angi from Inviting Events. Inviting Events was my last name. Now I had to restructure myself as Angi Reid, doing whatever I was going to do.
Then I remembered that I had gone to cosmetology school. I could do hair or…then I thought about the reflexology practitioner telling me that I have a gift. I remembered that nudge, which was way before I started any personal development. I was telling my British mother-in-law about my choices: style hair or go to reflexology school. She said, “Oh, Ang. You don’t want to stand on your feet all day. It’s bloody horrible on your legs.”
So she’s saying, “Don’t stand on your feet.” The other guy is saying, “Go work on feet.” And there just happened to be a reflexology school 45 minutes from my home. I started school within six months and became a certified reflexologist just to help my family and friends.
I never dreamed that following the nudge and taking that step would help me to move forward and keep going with those other nudges. It’s been an amazing ride. I started working on my family and friends. One thing led to another. I got a nudge to work in North Georgia at a wellness spa. I got another nudge to work at a day spa, not too far away. I had my home office as well.
In 2015, after I had established those three locations, a friend of mine had double knee replacement surgery. I invited her to stay at my home to recuperate. I knew I would need something for pain and something for scars. By divine intervention, this nudge came to me in a neighborhood newspaper. The headline read, Natural Versus Synthetic. It was about essential oils. I called the author and spoke with her about the essential oils. I told her, “I don’t want to sell these, I don’t want to teach about them…I just want them for my clients. That’s it.”
About two months later, I taught my first essential oils class. About ten months after that, I went to my first personal development workshop…at the age of 55. I hadn’t put together the fact that these nudges had been coming my way all this time. But thank God and The Universe that my inner being was following them. Because they’ve created the path I’m on now.
Now I recognize that I’m aligned and focusing with my inner being. I’m trusting those nudges, and when they happen, I act.
Have you ever gotten a nudge that you trusted and noticed that your path was starting to flow? Or have you ever gotten those nudges and didn’t follow them, and then thought I should have trusted that instinct? Those are the nudges we get that I’m so grateful I had and followed…to get me to the point where I am now. That personal development course changed my life. From that course, I got invited and approved and accepted to become part of a global docuseries called Awakening Giants. That’s where I met Sammy, the founder of Brand Builders Club and Brand Builders TV.
I had no idea where that was going to take me, but I followed the nudge and I said, “Yes!”
One of the things I’ve been doing for the past few years is digesting the information and saying yes to the things I know are aligned with my path and where I need to go.
I said yes to going to Ecuador, I met Sammy, I became part of the Brand Builders Club, and then Sammy and I sat down and started talking about my business. The essential oils business was great for me, but the “fries” were in reflexology. I could offer the foot work with oils, and I had “fries.”
And so I received this amazing download while I was in the shower (that’s where I get my downloads, or ideas). It said, “Your brand name is FLŌ, and it stands for Feet Love Oils.” The light bulb was lit. It brings tears to my eyes when I think about it now because it has created an entire brand for me. I now do Who’s in the FLO? videos and interviews. I trademarked that name and built my entire brand around it.
Last November, while I was journaling, I got a nudge that said I would start writing a book that same day. It would be a book of 365 daily tips, including inspiration, self-discovery and growth. It would be called The Daily FLO. That book has been written and transcribed. It’s on hold right now because I have another book coming out.
Trust those nudges.
Angi Says, “I Started My Business…Again”
Angi Reid is a perfect example of how you can follow your intuition—your gut—and land exactly where you’re meant to be. Every step of the journey can feel like a final destination…until it doesn’t anymore. That means The Universe is asking you to expand your expectations and to go where your heart leads you.
Speaking of The Universe, you’re going to learn how Angi allowed (and still allows) The Universe to guide her through her life’s journey. She would not have landed in a business that gives her purpose, that fulfils her passion and that helps people around the world without it.
In the final instalment of this three-part series, Help! I’ve Started My Business! What Do I Do Now? Part 3 with Angi Reid, Angi is going to teach you how to create a Universe To-Do List, so you can do your part whilst letting your higher power take care of the rest. It’s simple, but oh-so important to moving forward with purpose.
If Angi’s journey has piqued your interest in Brand Builders TV or the Brand Builders Club, then you simply must visit lite.brandbuilders.club/member to learn more. There’s no long-term commitment (you can cancel at any time), and while you’re there you’ll have the pleasure of working with Angi and other passionate professionals. You’ll get to participate in Thinkubators, where you’ll get a 10-minute hot seat all about your business, and you’ll gain knowledge and wisdom that can only come from other seasoned entrepreneurs.
Check it out. I hope to see you in the club!