Thursday, June 25, 2009

What’s it like to be a…Small Business Owner?

My job title is: President of a small business with 25 employees.
My actual position is—Small Business Owner, Troubleshooter, Salesperson, Personnel Manager, Financial Planner.

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
Arrive at 7:00 or 8:00, do what is necessary to solve any problems, plan for a future with fewer problems. Some weeks are 30-40 hours, some weeks are 40-50 hours.

What other positions have you held prior to your current job?
School teacher, college professor.

How did you get to where you are now?
Networking led to an offer to buy into a niche educational business.

What kind of training/education did you have?
Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate.  I also audited about six college business courses (including management and basic accounting) before taking over the business.

What qualifications/skills/attributes make someone successful in this position?

Common sense, intelligence, honesty, commitment, organizational skills, follow-through, a bit of tech savvy.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 06/25 at 01:45 PM
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What’s it like to be a…..Special Education Pre-School Teacher?

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
I teach 8 preschoolers, aged 2-5, all with disabilities.  They have a variety of disabilities, including autism, physical disabilities, speech impairment, genetic disorders, Down syndrome and others.  The children come for half the day and participate in typical preschool activities, with some adaptations as needed.  Each child has an IEP (Individualized Education Program), which the parents and I develop, to address problems in areas of development (social skills, communication skills, cognitive skills, gross and fine motor skills and adaptive skills).  We work on their delays at school and then I do home visits in the afternoon, coaching parents and working with the children.  Our classroom also has speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other specialists also working with the children.  I have two assistants that help to carry out the program.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 06/25 at 09:04 AM
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