Christy Switzer is a mom, yogi, co-owner of I Know A Guy Renovations and in her free time she enjoys writing about herself in the third person.
Christy and her husband/business partner, Jesse, started I Know A Guy Renovations together. Jesse had a background in the industry, but Christy was without the benefit of experience (her career to that point was in the non-profit sector). The two started the business with a romantic dream but little in the way of a plan (never do this).
Almost eight years later I Know A Guy is a powerful renovations company that is truly people-focused and supports Christy, Jesse and their 3 children to live a life they love. Their success is the result of many failures and setbacks, and a powerful desire to earn the freedom to live life on their terms.
If you could be any animal what would it be and why? A squirrel. I just think I’d be good at it, always scurrying around and making unnecessary noise.
What is your favourite hobby? Yoga.
What is one thing that annoys you the most? When someone in my family uses my computer and doesn’t shut it down. I don’t know why that irritates me so much.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I don’t know what it was. I was travelling and didn’t speak the language. It was white and had a sausage-like casing on it, but shaped more like a large kidney bean. It was super gross.
What do love most about what you do? The freedom to pursue my ideas even when no one thinks it’s wise.
What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already? Budgeting!! For goodness sake…budgeting!!
What’s your favourite sound? My children singing in the car.
How would your friends describe you? Ready to laugh. Maybe a little crazy, a little opinionated.
What was your first job? Working in the dark room at my parent’s print shop. I sucked at it.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Fly!
One word to describe your business? Evolving.
Do you think women feel intimidated in business? Not the women I know! I think there can be circumstances that are intimidating, but the ladies in my life just take a breath and do it anyway.
How do you achieve work-life balance, does it exist? In Yoga, balance poses are the most difficult to hold, and aren’t typically meant to be held for long periods of time. I think work-life is the same, we wobble to one side, then wobble to the other. I think it’s more about being present wherever you are.
If you could time travel back to day one of your startup, what would you tell yourself? You’re not going to get this figured out on day one. Let go of the idea of perfection, of getting it “right”, and just keep moving forward. LET. IT. GO.
When budgeting and building your business, what is one thing you spend or spent money on that you believe is “worth the money”? A business coach. We work with Greg Forzani of Forzani Business Coaching. He genuinely changed the course of our life.
What habits help make you successful? I set my calendar and I follow it. Procrastinating isn’t a cute little habit, it will get in the way of your knowing if you have an idea that works. And I don’t complain, I want to train my brain to see solutions, not problems.
Do you feel working with a business partner is a good idea or bad? I work with my husband and I LOVE it. We understand the pressures our partner is under, and we make room for each other. It can be a little intense knowing we have all our eggs in one basket but it also means we tend to that basket with an enormous amount of dedication. And at the end of the day, I just like being in this with someone.
And a shoe question, of course. What is your favourite pair of shoes, and why? I’m a fan of any pair of shoes not requiring socks, and if I can be barefoot, even better!