Business consultant & professional organizer,
Jennifer Bowling credits her mother with her first lessons in organization.
Friends and family were her initial clients.
"They would ask me to help with the disorganization in their homes and lives," she explains. "I loved seeing the results and their reaction when they would see how refreshing it is to let go of the clutter!"
When friends of friends began to seek out direction from her, Bowling started Perfectly Planned and soon found the business expanding to include business consulting.
"After I'd helped many business owners in their homes and offices, several clients asked me to work with their employees on being more organized, efficient and fulfilled in their work."
These days, staff development and team building make up the core of her business.
Bowling spent two years at Concord University before switching to an alternative education plan, with classes in personal and professional development topics such as organization, goal setting, personality types, communication, presentation, design, modern day etiquette and more.
"I've had to travel to North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida for training," she said. "I want to offer this type of education to West Virginia's business owners and their teams. It is so important in the business world today."
Whether she's working with a client on a personal project or work goals, Bowling relishes the chance to help others live up to their potential. "A lot of us just need a little guidance to find our gifts."
Bowling herself works with a personal life coach. "She guides me in continuing my personal growth, spiritual growth, goal setting and regularly reminds me to enjoy the journey," said Bowling.
She's also grateful to her professional mentor, a West Virginia business owner who guides her in business management, finance and other areas. "He always encourages me to believe in myself and to stay focused on the goal."
In addition to the time Bowling puts in to grow her business, she also works for Aspen Corp. in Daniels. Some weeks, she's on the clock for 100 hours or more. "I am happy to do it," she said. "I'm chasing a dream."
Despite her workload, Bowling says giving back remains a priority. She has worked with the Beckley Area Foundation, the United Way of Southern West Virginia and the Beckley Dream Center.