Today, we’ve published a video and article on Becky O’Neil, the latest in our continuing series with The New York Times.

We liked O’Neil’s story because it demonstrates how far one can go with a good idea — plus a lot of determination. Not long after she started her pet-sitting business in 1998, it was Christmas….and like many startup entrepreneurs, O’Neil spent the entire day working. Her story reminds us that success doesn’t happen by chance; instead, it’s the result of a lot of hard work. O’Neil’s business now posts $2.3 million in annual revenue, a testament to her commitment.

Also notable: O’Neil was a new mom when she started her business. Like many women, she was prompted to strike out on her own because her day job, working as an X-ray technician at a medical office, lacked flexibility.

She’s logged long hours as an entrepreneur, but she’s been able to craft her own schedule, attending her kids’ field trips and taking care of them on sick days as needed. “Having Becky’s Pet Care has allowed me to spend a lot more time with my children,” she says. Running your own business, she adds, “is a wonderful way to change your life.”

Watch the video and read her full story here or as featured on the Times here. And if you’d like to share your own inspiring startup story, be a part of our 1,000 Stories campaign and use this form  to tell us about your accomplishments and challenges.

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Recalling a Christmas Spent with a Start-Up

Becky O’Neil of Arlington, Va., remembers her first Christmas as an entrepreneur: She worked the entire day.

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