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Meet Tim Thoelecke of InOut Labs in Morton Grove

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tim Thoelecke.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tim. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was never meant to have a job. I tried it a couple of times, but it never felt right. I’d rather set the course than follow it. My father owned, built and sold a successful business, so it may be in my DNA.

From experience in past ventures, I knew what I wanted next. I’m generally methodical and purposeful and I simply made a list of what I value in life and in a business. Then I went hunting for the right fit.

When I stumbled on the employee drug testing industry, I took a look at my list and it checked all the boxes. I mashed it up with direct-to-consumer lab testing services and created InOut Labs.

I’ve long been interested in personal and professional development. Optimizing my own health has become a huge part of that. I’m in the gym 5 days a week and I regularly check my own labs. I’ve successfully improved my heart disease risk factors, blood sugar, and testosterone. It’s nice to be able to measure those things.

My dad commented years ago that I’m a “builder,” not a “maintainer.” In whatever I do I’m looking to get better.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing is as smooth as you want it to be. Like many entrepreneurs, I struggle with “shiny object syndrome.” Since graduating from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program last summer I have been more focused and better at saying “no.” When you know who you are and who your ideal customer is, you better understand where to spend your resources, time being the most valuable of them.

Now, in our sixth year, our operations are solid and we are poised for rapid growth. We’re up nearly 30% over last year, but I’d be happier if it were 200%. We can handle that.

Though we began as a local provider, we have expanded and offer drug testing services nationwide.

We have a good team of in-house staff and contracted support and we are on the doorstep of big things.

Please tell us about InOut Labs.
Our Mission
InOut Labs empowers businesses and individuals to take control of their own health, safety, and productivity by providing world-class drug testing and wellness testing services while making the customer experience smooth and painless. Founded in 2012, InOut Labs offers more than 5000 tests, and our results are always confidential.

We help others to make their lives and businesses better, and that is why the InOut Labs Vision Statement is simply “Making testing painless.”

We at InOut Labs help employers be more productive and maintain safe, drug-free workplaces. And we keep the drug testing process effortless for them.

And we enable individuals to take responsibility for their own health. People have the opportunity to order their own confidential hormone, DNA, STD and drug testing.  And they have access to specialty lab tests for gluten sensitivity, food allergies, micronutrients and gut pathogens without a doctor’s order. We put control in the customer’s hands.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I have many. I’m afraid I don’t have any tales of childhood hardships. My family was–and continues to be–very close. We were fortunate to have many happy holidays, vacations and other activities as a family.

There is one oddball memory that sticks in my mind. No reason why really. It was when I won the 3rd Grade Spelling Bee at Rugen School. The girl (Linda) who was the other finalist, missed the word “tomorrow.” I still have the certificate that Mrs. Keller made with construction paper.

Wouldn’t it be awful if I peaked in 3rd grade?

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