We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie May and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process was OK, I don’t have a product to sell so I need to figure out what service I can provide. I wanted to be able to still keep my full time office job at the time and I also didn’t want to invest a lot of money upfront. So after a couple of months of research I decided to start an office cleaning business. It was the perfect schedule for me. I worked on my business at nights and weekends and still kept my day job. Also it didn’t require any big investment just a vacuum, a few cleaning products and some rugs. Voila!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am from Bulgaria. I moved to the US in 2011 after graduating college. My first job here was as a busser in Hotel Del Coronado. At the time I didn’t speak a lot of English, so I was trying to actively listen everything the servers were saying to their customers and learn new words every day. Also I was learning about American culture and lifestyle and that I need to smile more. My first couple of years in the US were challenging and a big cultural shock to me. After 4 years, multiple positions at The Del, great friendships and a lot of fun I was ready for a change. In 2015 I saw an opportunity to get a job as a support services assistant for multi-unit franchisee owner in their office in Coronado just across from The Del :). My next 4 years in this company taught me so much about business and being a business owner. I had the chance to work with this amazing business woman and to learn from her and her team every day. I was ready and inspired to do something on my own. In 2018 I started The Mopping Duck. We provide eco-friendly cleaning services to residential and commercial clients in San Diego. We strive to become better every day and we want to have a positive impact on the lives of our clients.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Mission Beach boardwalk is a great place to get a feel for the city, and the laid back beach vibe. There are so many small shops, casual restaurants and one of the best places to people watch right next to the ocean. In Pacific Beach stop by Rum Jungle Cafe for an açaí bowl or have a drink in one of their rooftop bars. It’s all about Mexican food in San Diego and some of my favorite places are The Taco Stand in Encinitas, Tacos El Gordo in Chula Vista, TJ Oyster bar in Bonita and Blanco Tacos in Fashion Valley. The afternoon calls for a cappuccino and chocolate cake from Extraordinary Desserts on 4th Ave and a walk in Balboa Park, to check out some of the free museums, do one of the small hiking trails or just relax in the gardens. Its always exciting to visit Vinyl Junkies Record Shack in South Park or some of the thrift shops in North Park like Hunt & Gather. While in the area some of my favorite restaurants for dinner are Buona Forchetta and their Ezio calzoni pizza, Dunedin New Zealand has a great outside patio, The Under Belly for a tasty ramen or The Smoking Goat for a great dining experience. Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy is a wonderful spot to hangout and enjoy your evening with live music and some great restaurants.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely my boyfriend Jesse. He is a big inspiration to me. He let me believe that I can do anything I put my mind to and I should not be afraid to step out of my comfort zone and make things happen.