After we finished our first year, I took some time to thank everyone for supporting us in reaching that milestone. While I still am forever grateful to our clients, friends and family, I wanted to use this anniversary as a chance to reflect on who we are as a firm.
We started Savoy & Associates with one major mantra implanted in us – that our clients biggest problem would be taken on and treated as our own. I believe that we have worked every case with that in mind, and that its part of the reason we are heading into year three as a strong, growing, respected firm.
This past year has been filled with amazing opportunities. I have been featured in Pursuit Magazine and PI Magazine and have been a guest on PI Declassified. I have become friends with investigators across the country, and we have really tried to focus ourselves in our areas of strength to best suit our clients.
Our third year is already shaping up to be the most amazing yet. I have been asked to be a regular contributor to PI Magazine, where every issue will have an article written by me about the PI business.
While owning a Private Investigations business is much different than owning a cupcake shop or retail store, any small business operating today faces many of the same hurdles and challenges. Everyone has heard that “most businesses fail within the first three years”. An added fact to that – many Private Investigations businesses fail within the first year.
Knowing these intimidating facts has given me the drive to be the success story in the small business world. I often tell clients that they would be better off buying a surveillance camera for their property then hiring me to sit and watch. When clients are caught off guard after I tell them their money is best spent in a direction other than my company bank account, I explain that I would rather they spend their money efficiently. Our clients are often pleased with my recommendation, and in turn they recommend me to friends down the road. This is better than me quoting them a price and making a few dollars doing what a simpler solution could have handled, which often leads to clients being unhappy with the outcome when the benefits don’t outweigh the cost.
I’ve learned that owning a business is a marathon not a sprint. Anyone who enters the PI business thinking that they are going to get rich quickly or make buckets of money without putting in serious work is not only fooling themselves, but they are setting themselves up to become another statistic for failed businesses.
Everyone has heard the saying that “if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life”. I am incredibly fortunate to be in this position. Don’t get me wrong, there are days that drag, and some cases that push you to the brink, but on a daily basis, I wake up excited to get to work. I feel grateful that I have been given the ability to effect real change in people’s lives, and humbled that so many folks have put their trust and faith in my ability to deliver results.
Year one and year two flew by. There were growing pains, lessons, long hours, and plenty of headaches, but overall, the first two years were outstanding. We got to reunite loved ones, protect children, expose frauds, and find answers that people were desperately seeking.
For year three, I promise to continue to treat our client’s biggest problem as our own. I promise to work every case as though it was the first one to come in our doors. I promise to give the best advice available to our clients, even if it means sending them in a different direction. Most of all, I promise to give everything I have to ensuring that Savoy & Associates remains the most trusted, dependable, and professional firm in the State of Connecticut, and that we will continue to be there in our clients most critical of times of need.
– Stephanie Savoy.