Why popular business owner took 18 months off
SADLY, illness and disease does not discriminate who it affects or when it rears its ugly head.
Nobody was shocked more than her when hard working dealer principal at Bill Hull Car Centre, Jacqui Trace was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.
"You can't get over it no matter how much you sleep," she said.
Heavily involved in various school and fundraising groups, chronic fatigue syndrome was the last thing this community-minded business owner was expecting.
"I don't cope when I am not doing anything, I can't just sit still," she said.
At the height of her condition, Mrs Trace had to take 18 months off work.
"Having that time off work helped me realise what is really important," she said.
"It certainly made me learn a lot of things about life."
Some days, she would struggle just to complete normal daily activities.
"When I was really down I would drop the kids off at school and then come home and sleep all day."
"I would then pick them up and be back in bed by 7pm."
Mrs Trace has cut her hours back to only three days a week because of the mental strain.
"If I do a lot of figures I can really feel it," she said.
The popular business owner stressed the importance of providing a healthy work-life balance for her staff.
"We have a really good team and we don't want to lose them," she said.
Bill Hull Car Centre has been in Kingaroy for over 35 years and Mrs Trace said the secret to their ongoing success was remaining focused on the customer.
"Our business is based on people not on the numbers," she said.
The successful business owner believes a bigger business doesn't necessarily mean a better one.
"At one point we were presented with other franchise opportunities but I declined them."
"We have 15 staff and that runs nice and smoothly for us.
"We want them to want to come to work.
"When you have happy staff it means the customers are happy too."
Mrs Trace's business, Bill Hull Car Centre, will host the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce AGM and meet and greet on Tuesday, November 20 from 5.15pm.
Other speakers on the night include Damien Martoo and directors of Red Earth Community Foundation, John Carey and Kirsty Frahm.
Bill Hull Car Centre is located on the corner of Kingaroy St and Avoca St, Kingaroy.
Cost to attend the Chamber of Commerce event is $10 per person.