It started with a choice.
Angie Day had been working as a paralegal for years before finding herself without a job earlier this year in January. Unwilling to pick up another paralegal job, she decided to open a professional cleaning service.
After using some of her existing contacts to get her first couple of cleaning jobs, Day started going door-to-door to solicit business. The plan worked, as she scored two jobs the first day she went out and two jobs the following day.
Before long, she was working every day of the week.
"I knew this was something I could do," said Day. "It felt like I was being led in that direction. So I thought I'd give it a try. I didn't want to sit there and just collect unemployment."
According to a previous article in The News, Day landed two of her biggest jobs seven months later, cleaning the newly built Covington Ford dealership and the 74-unit Lakewood Hills Senior Village Apartment Complex in Athens. Those two jobs brought in more than $20,000 for Day, a boon for the 42-year-old entrepreneur who's seeing her dream come true.
Day started the business from scratch, using money from her own back pocket, plus money from odd jobs to get her business license and liability insurance. She used the remaining funds to place business cards on mailboxes around Newton, Rockdale, Walton and DeKalb counties.
The business offers a variety of full-cleaning services, including general and deep cleaning for both residential and commercial facilities. For the holidays, the business is offering 15 percent discount on general cleanings; customers choosing the bi-weekly package will receive a 20 percent discount.
"We try to go above and beyond for our customers," said Day. "We want to show them that we care."
Day hopes to see a storefront for her business in the next couple of years; she is currently operating out of her newly bought home in Covington. While she previously lived in Rockdale, Day grew up in Covington and always saw it as home, making her move back to the city all the more special - and just in time for the holidays.
"I enjoy being able to help people," said Day. "I believe there is a great need for what I do, especially for people who can't help themselves. It means a lot to me."