A lot of people, with many different types of businesses use MileIQ. Every Monday, we’re highlighting one of those users, their business, their app recommendations and more. Want to be featured? Send us a Tweet @MileIQ.
Meet Dr. Jordan Leasure. Dr. Leasure owns two medical practices and is finishing a book. Needless to say she does a lot of driving. Luckily for us, she loves MileIQ.
Tell us about your business. What does a typical day look like for you?
Fortunately there’s no such thing as typical. I own two practices, one in downtown Chicago and one in the northern suburbs – Libertyville. My time is split between seeing patients, networking, socializing and trying to find time to finish writing a book on wellness. In my spare time I’m also supposed to be planning my wedding!
How many miles do you drive in a typical week? Where do you drive as part of your job?
I drive about 500 miles per week. I live in the city so I drive up to Libertyville at least 3 days per week, and sometimes more since my family and friends are there too. I’m constantly running errands for the office, between the typical – post office and office supply store to the out of the ordinary – networking, lunches and coffee.
What’s changed since you started using MileIQ?
OMG! EVERYTHING!! I’m more aware of how much actual driving I’m doing. Some I can’t get away from but some I can. I try to be more organized so if I go out to run errands I actually get everything done. I don’t have to go to the same plaza the next day because I do everything at once. I’m actually tracking where I’m going and why – I’m keeping better notes on my mileage than I ever did before.
What other apps do you recommend to other small business owners?
My fiancee is in IT so I consider myself pretty tech savvy (by association). I use a lot of apps that are specific to my industry – I can access my patient schedules from my phone, set or unlock our office alarm for staff and do my banking from the phone. I use the typical social media apps: I love LinkedIn Mobile, of course I use Yelp – I try to give reviews since our office doesn’t “advertise” a lot of clients find us via social media so I try to return the favor and put the good Karma out there for other businesses as well. FeedMe is a great app to stay on top of all my RSS feeds. Asana is terrific – both the app and desktop version. I can assign tasks to my staff from anywhere and see when they actually get them done.
I’m starting to use CamCard. I do a lot of networking and try to be as green as possible so it’s a great way to track business cards without actually keeping cards on file or mingling business contacts with your personal contacts on your phone. Finally, I’m a big fan of a lot of the parking apps out there. I use ParkChicago – you can pay the meters directly from your phone, which is AMAZING! You’re not standing out in the cold trying to pay and then running back to your car to put a ticket inside. I also use BestParking and SpotHero to prepay for parking in the city. It shows you on a map where the cheapest parking is for your time frame, you prepay and go about your day. It’s a terrific app for using parking garages.
What’s the biggest challenge you face running your business, and how do you address it?
The biggest challenge I face running my business had always been staffing. Right now we have an amazing team of 10 women who embody health and wellness and are able to communicate that to our clients. It’s constantly a challenge but I’m passionate about what I do and make sure to surround myself with others that are as well!
What do you enjoy the most about the kind of work you do?
Easy question! Changing lives. I became an entrepreneur for the free time (ha ha) and because I’m passionate about health and wellness. I wanted to be able to treat people as I would want to be treated as a client. I didn’t realize the fulfillment I would receive empowering others. There’s nothing like it. When someone is able to improve or regain their health it reflects in all other aspects of their lives – personally, professionally, socially, etc.
What tip would you share with other business owners?
FIND YOUR TRIBE! They’re out there! Reflect, network, bond and commiserate. Regardless of the industry we all have the same challenges: time, staff, finances, burnout, expansion, etc. If you don’t have a board of directors to bounce ideas off of, get an advisory panel.
Where can people learn more about your business? (URL or email address)
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