A few months ago, Becky got to sit down with Lance Johnson of Amplomedia for his Amplify Your Business podcast to talk a little bit about Sunrise Estate Services, entrepreneurship, and the estate services industry as a whole.
When a family member or loved one passes away, it can be difficult to handle all of their belongings and mementos while trying to grieve. That’s why Sunrise Estate Services exists. While you focus on your family, we take care of your loved one’s estate with care, empathy, and the same amount of love as if it were our own family.
A Business Borne Out of Necessity
After suffering some significant losses at a young age, both Becky and her husband Clare noticed there was a gap in the market for the kind of one-stop-shop service that they wished they had been able to find when they were dealing with loss.
When dealing with estate sales, there are companies that will take your loved one’s mementos to auction, and there are companies that will come in and make a clean sweep, bringing everything to the dump. But there just wasn’t anyone around that took care of the estate, from A to Z. From providing full documentation of the estate to cleaning, organizing, storage, and full-service auction sales, Sunrise Estate Services does everything, so you don’t have to worry.
But they don’t stop there. All staff at Sunrise Estate Services are Certified Appraisers, so they can ensure that you’re getting the most out of your loved one’s treasured memories. They also offer full-service property management, for your peace of mind. Whether you need short-term lawn and property maintenance, or long-term interior care, they do it all. And they do it because grieving the loss of a loved one is hard enough. Trying to track down multiple contractors or companies to get everything done can get incredibly stressful and overwhelming. Having a one-stop-shop, full-service estate services company behind you can help you get back the things that matter the most–your family.
Becky’s Key Lessons for Entrepreneurs
“We often say, ‘just keep your head up and keep going,” because not every day is great. Some days are really, really complicated.”
One of the main lessons that Becky has learned in her seven years since starting Sunrise Estate Services is that you don’t have to do everything alone. When you foster relationships with other people, other businesses, other entrepreneurs, you have that support network that can come and help you out when you’re having one of those really, really complicated days. “It’s a matter of being open to relationships.”
Another tip, Becky tells Lance, is hiring a great bookkeeper.
“They’ve been with us since the beginning. That has saved us many times. I think it’s something that’s overlooked.”
When you have a great bookkeeper and accountant on hand, they will keep you in check, ensure that you’re doing everything by the book according to the CRA, and remind you of upcoming deadlines so they don’t get overlooked. When you’re in the weeds with your company, boots on the ground, doing the day-to-day things that make your company what it is, the admin side of things can often go by the wayside. Hiring a bookkeeper and accountant that knows what they’re talking about is a priceless addition to your team.
You don’t have to be a hoarder to have the thought, “what happens to all of this stuff when I’m gone?” That’s a problem that Becky and her team tackle through inventorying, auctioning, and making the most they can of the items that meant the world to the deceased. In short, they assist everyone from executors to beneficiaries while mindfully handling the most delicate moment in many families’ lives.
At Sunrise Estate Services, we promise estate management for a brighter tomorrow. To learn more about what we do, visit our website. If you’d like to check out our episode of Amplify Your Business, you can view it on YouTube, or check it out wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts.