“I’m a saxophone teacher. I was unable to teach, or even move much, after suffering for 10 years with fibromyalgia. I finally got the correct treatment and within a few months I was suddenly better and began a journey of coming out of the very down world that I was in. I thought ‘I’m going to take back everything I lost!’, so I began retraining myself in the instrument and theory. I soon started playing again in our local church band and I thought, ‘You know what, I really want to teach again.’
“I started my business again when I was 63 and you can have a lot of doubt because of your age. But then I read about Colonel Sanders who was 65 when he started Kentucky Fried Chicken. After discovering true stories like that, I allowed it to inspire me, ignore my age and just go for it.
“Back when I was teaching before, since I was about 35, we used to just put an ad in the paper for $11 and you’d have all the students you needed. When it came to now having to let people out there know there’s a saxophone teacher in their town, I had no idea how I was going to go about that.
“I’d only just been learning Facebook myself for a couple of years and hadn’t done a whole lot on it. I don’t have any sons or daughters to help me, so it was just me, totally on my own. I decided to start by getting a business name and an ABN, and that’s when Gosnells City found me. Of course I heard about the Digital Solutions program through there and I thought, ‘Look, I’ve got to do this.’ So that’s how I got started and it’s just been an amazing journey! It’s been overwhelming, scary and exciting all at the same time.”