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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