Kathy Megna, left, and Kim Bougie are a team in their small business Errands By Design, based in North Hampton.
In today’s Hampton Union…
‘Designs’ on helping
N. Hampton pair will run your errands
By Amy Kane
Kathy Megna and Kim Bougie will shop for your groceries, walk your dog, plant your garden, give you a lift to the airport and take care of a hundred other tasks and chores. Consider them an extra pair of hands, times two.
The simple premise behind their home-based business Errands By Design is that people want things done but don’t have enough time to do them. For a reasonable fee, Kim and Kathy help busy professionals, new moms, the elderly and the temporarily overwhelmed — on either a one-time basis or a regular schedule.
“We’re working to make life run a little more smoothly,” Kim said.
There’s not much they won’t do for a client, including household errands, transporting children, store returns, party set up, taking care of a house while owners are on vacation, plant care, light housekeeping, and event planning.
They will even sit around and wait for the repairman or an appliance delivery.
“And we’ll do your laundry while we wait,” Kathy said.
“We’ll gift shop for those who dread it,” Kim said. “Give us a list, we’ll go get it, wrap it and deliver it.”
The two are a whirlwind of energy, efficiency and competence.
“We’re positive, upbeat and willing to try new things,” Kim said. “We work well together.”
“We’re responsible and hard working,” Kathy said. “We can organize anything.”
Errands By Design grew out of a nine-year friendship, a walk on the beach and life credits that add up to a couple of advanced degrees in household management. Between the two of them, they have seven children. They are married to busy professional guys. Kathy’s kids are age 21, 18, 14 and 11. Kim’s are 17, 14 and 11.
“We have the ultimate experience,” Kim said.
The two met each other when they lived in the same North Hampton neighborhood. Several moves, new houses and renovations later, they live on opposite sides of town but they and their kids are still friends.
Walking their dogs on the beach one day last winter, Kim and Kathy brainstormed work they could do together to earn a few extra bucks for Christmas, college and their own spending money, now that their kids were getting a little older. In spring they began with gardening and landscaping, calling their budding business “Gracious Gardeners.” Local advertising and word of mouth recommendations kept them busy all summer.
In the fall, they decided to expand into the personal concierge business with Errands By Design. They are building a client base and have garnered some great references.
Errands By Design services are priced competitively at $25 per hour, per person. They work together or separately depending on the job.
One North Hampton working mom with school-aged children and a baby rated their service as cost and stress saving for grocery shopping. They saved the woman a much longer trip with the baby in tow and the inevitable impulse purchases.
Kim and Kathy helped set up a wedding on a lawn in Rye recently. One gardening client made a gift of several hours worth of their errand service to a friend coping with cancer.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve done,” Kathy said. “It was a leap of faith. There’s a niche out there. We’re able-bodied and people need help.”
Their families’ reactions have been amazingly positive. They’ve even gotten a little extra help around the house.
“I’m especially proud I’m doing it in front of my girls. They’re 18 and 14 and they get to see mom as an independent, professional woman,” Kathy said. “At the same time, I’ve found something I can do without totally disrupting the household my family has come to appreciate.”
Matt, Kim’s son, may have summed it up best when he said of his mother’s entrepreneurial spirit: “You go, mom.”
For information or to engage the services of Errands By Design, contact Kathy Megna at 475-4006 or e-mail email@example.com.