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The self employed cope with the pandemics economic repercussion

Posted at 8:38 AM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 09:38:26-04

WACO, TX — Over 10,000 people in the greater Waco area are self-employed, group experts believe to be some of the most vulnerable during economic turbulence, like the pandemic.

“Maybe we can go back to normal if there is such a thing anymore“ explained Denise Girdley.

Girdley is one of our areas many self employed people.

Helping support her large family with a house cleaning business, over the last six years she’s grown her clientele, but as the pandemic’s shutdowns began, her daily business took a turn.

“Right after everything started closing, people started calling me, saying 'I don’t need you anymore,” said Girdley as she began to cry.

“It’s just I’m thankful that my husband works because, I’m cleaning two or three houses a week, and maybe a third of the income,” said Girdley.

Her husband’s job, a nurse at a local hospital, also has kept stress high in their home.

“With my husband working at the hospital, and with patients there, that makes it even more stressful, I just thank God for every person who calls me saying 'hey can you clean my house today?', sure, if I have something planned I’m going to change my plans because that’s income for my family.“

Explaining she’d travel throughout the region to clean homes to provide for her family, Girdley said “just let me know" if you’d like to have her come clean your home.

Girdley’s cleaning business can be contacted at (254) 747-1324.