Asya Hunter started John Marc’s Cleaning Service in Chicago after 15 years as a certified nurse’s assistant, helping people with home care. “I wanted to do more than just home care and realized that a cleaning service would provide a form of preventative medicine. Many sicknesses are caused by things not being clean, so I decided to try to prevent those from occurring and create my service to better someone else’s life,” she said.
Her trajectory to running her own cleaning business has taken many twists and turns, but the experience with cleaning came early on. “My mom was militant. We had to clean every Saturday and every Sunday. Weekends meant cleaning—spring cleaning, winter cleaning.” Asya went into nursing with her GED but decided to earn an associates degree in art, and then a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship, and finally an MBA in health administration. “I always want to do more and more!”
Being someone who’s always on the go, it’s not surprising to find that Asya takes her company on the road. She loves traveling, and whenever she’s in a new spot for a few days, she tries to network and find clients to clean for. Most of her cleaning time is spent in Chicago and the surrounding areas, but occasionally you’ll catch her in locations across the country. Her last trip was in Sacramento, and before that she worked on a project in Indianapolis for awhile, and met a few clients in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “I like to travel and meet new people. I’m 24/7 and I never stop going.”
Her staff of five cleaners rotate around the Chicago area, so you’re sure to be in good hands whenever Asya is jetting to her next out-of-town cleaning gig. As a reward to her top performers, she’s taking them on a cruise to the Bahamas this summer, which is in line with her passion for travel.
She has introduced her two daughters and her son to the hard work she does with her business. “I want to give my kids structure and education, show them dedication and hard work. That’s why I started this company, to show them that wherever you come from, you can make it. It’s all about how you think and how hard you work.”
Asya’s clients love her, and the feeling is mutual. “I love the bond that we form, it’s a bond of trust. I treat their home like it’s my home and I teach my employees to do the same.”
She’s a big believer in giving back to the community and donates money to the Polar Bear Plunge where intrepid souls dip into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan in the dead of winter for charity causes.
In addition to running a successful business, handling all the marketing, accounting, and administrative work along with cleaning, Asya is a writer with a book in the final stages of editing. “It should be published this time next year. It’s called Heaven’s Angel, about growing up with struggles, the life changes of women growing up in the inner city of Chicago and how they survived. It’s really about informing the younger crowd that no matter what you go through, you will survive, and to never give up.”
We’ll do a review of her book when it’s out next year. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a quality cleaning service in Chicago (or wherever the traveling Asya may be!), check out John Marc’s Cleaning Service.
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