By Thomas Carlson , AssitedLivingStore.com
In 1999 I was employed as a Federal Agent. I wanted to find a way out of a career where I had supervisors and a job that controlled my life. My wife had a Master’s Degree in Gerontology (the study of aging). We saw the Internet as a new and exciting way to try to become entrepreneurs. We created a company called Assisted Living Store, Inc., and started selling adaptive products that would assist the elderly and disabled to perform daily living activities easier. It took us eight years until I was able to quit my federal job and pursue our Internet business full-time. My wife had stayed at home during this time providing daycare services for others while raising our children. We used the money from her daycare to fund the entire Internet business. We had no financial backing and started our business from scratch.
In 2006 we moved the business out of our basement and purchased a warehouse in South Saint Paul, Minnesota. We decided to expand our business and import our own line of products. Most of the items we sell are exclusive to our company. We are still a 2 person company today. Our children do help out when needed. We as a family handle all aspects of running the business. We import our own items, do all of the accounting, unload 20′ full containers of product, answer the telephone, do the web design, take all of the photos on our websites, pack and ship all products, manage the warehouse, and the list goes on and on…
The MFA will require us to make some decisions on the future growth of our company.