FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — After spending more than 20 years working more than 80 hours a week at a corporate job, Anita Tucker knew she wanted to change career paths.
“I was totally burned out,” Tucker said. “I realized I was hurting myself but, more importantly, my kids needed me. I am a single mother. I lost my husband eight years ago, so I was concerned that my children were losing another parent to a job that was not satisfying at all.”
She saw a news program featuring a national business called JDog Junk Removal and Hauling, a full-service junk removal company that removes almost anything, and suddenly everything clicked.
In August, she opened her own franchise in Forsyth County also serving surrounding communities including Hall and Gwinnett counties.
The company recycles, reuses or donates as much as it can to minimize items going into the landfill. They also do cleanouts, demolition and salvage occasionally.
To open a franchise, the owner must be a veteran or a family member of a veteran, and the military mindset of respect, integrity and trust are translated to the business, Tucker said.
Tucker served in the Navy as a supply officer and is a Desert Storm veteran.
She said she is blessed to live in this country where everyone has opportunities like this.
“Being a woman and a veteran may be how you define me demographically, but it doesn’t define me as a person,” Tucker said. “I believe we all have tremendous opportunities. No matter who you are, there are going to be people who spit on your dreams or tell you what you should believe or act a certain way. Go with your heart and trust in God.”
Since opening in August, Tucker said she has received tremendous support from the community, the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce and her customers.
She strives to hire other veterans, too, because they come into every job with a “‘let’s get this done’ attitude,” she said.
But the most important aspect of her job is being able to adjust her schedule to spend time with her kids, who help in the business.
“In the corporate world, there is not a great sense of community, and I found that I really missed that,” Tucker said.
“I get to meet the good people of Forsyth County every day. It’s a great feeling to know that I can provide a service that makes them feel good about their homes and themselves.”
She’s hoping to expand in the future to add an additional truck and trailer, and possibly purchase more franchises.
To schedule a service, call 770-718-8005 or visit jdogjunkremoval.com/lake-lanier.