Couple takes risk starting new business as their careers struggled amid pandemic

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 08:20:21-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Chelsea and Corey Coopers’ careers struggled when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, but they still needed to pay bills and support their son. So, they decided to leave their jobs and took a chance at a new venture to sustain themselves.

“We knew the jobs we were in. They were good, but it wasn't really what we were looking for,” Chelsea said, “and then when business declined financially, we were starting to struggle."

They launched their business, Coopers Home Solutions, in March.

"This was our dream,” she said. “We both wanted our own company."

While COVID-19 has hurt businesses, the Coopers said it has helped them.

"Through all this, it's grown and grown,” Corey said. “We've been steady, we've been getting more work and more work, and things are going good for us right now."

"This is hard times, and we understand people are on a budget,” Chelsea said.

Corey was an electrician by trade, and Chelsea worked as a home cleaner and has experience in construction.

"We like to take their vision and make it a reality,” Chelsea said.

For a project they showed News 3 on Tuesday, they built one specific client a pooland patio next to the pool. They also did the electrical work that goes from the patio to the house.

The work combined, Corey said, took them roughly a week. However, their abilities are not just limited to this, as their prior work experience allows them to do other types of jobs.

"I can do some plumbing work, I can do electrical work, I can build a deck,” Corey explained, “we can put up a pool, she can clean, we can do landscaping, I can do drywall, painting."

Their ultimate goal, they said, is to leave a business for their son and helping others achieve their vision.

They are looking for some extra hands on a part-time basis. They are also open to new clients and offer free estimates.

They are currently working on a website, but more information can be found on their Facebook page or by calling (757) 755-1567.

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