As I've mentioned recently, I just left my last job after two-plus years. I don't typically share information about my job here because my job and my blog are two completely separate things. However, one of the services I offer clients is knowledge of social media and the blogosphere so just this once...
Rather than tell you a million and one things about my new job, I figure I should just send you to our newly-launched website...for our newly-launched company, PulsePoint Group.
And check out this awesome logo:
The best things about my new gig are the following: it's entrepreneurial, which I've written about before, very flexible (I can wear jeans on Fridays, which somehow wasn't the policy at my old employer) and I get to work directly under my mentor, Jeff, who I've known over the last several years dating back to my college days. Rather than have 18 bosses or assume I have to listen to anyone who tells me anything, because they're older than me, I have one really smart boss.
This is pretty much a perfect situation for me. I love small business. And I love growth. This gives me an opportunity to experience both...rather an opportunity to build on my experience with both. After all, I've had my own small businesses before.
When I was in sixth grade, I started a bubble-gum distribution company that had a very simple and effective business model. I bought four-packs of Bubblicious and Bubble Yum for $1 at the grocery store, usually I'd buy 5-10 at a time, break open the packs and sell individual packs of gum for $1 and single pieces of gum for $0.25, there are five pieces in a pack if you recall. Basically this netted me about $15-$20 per day two or three times a week for an entire school year. I became a hundredaire...
By the second semester of seventh grade, though, my other business - a flourishing lawn care startup - was taking up too much of my time and by the time I got to school, I didn't want to be on the job anymore. And competition wisened up and made it tougher to sell gum because other kids were pushing M&Ms, Skittles, Blow Pops and all kinds of other variety in terms of candy. So I got out and focused on the lawns.
It was OK though because my lawn mowing and leaf raking business was pulling in upwards to $100 a week, going up and down my street in Greenville, South Carolina, working my way up to a thousandaire in one summer.
When I turned 14, my experience was recognized and I was offered an exciting professional opportunity with this upscale restaurant called Pizza Hut...
After four years in the high-end pizza industry, four years of college and a few years working for the government and a sizable consulting firm in Washington, let's just say it sure feels good to be back in the world of small business.
Where decisions are made quickly, success is measured more easily, employees are called friends and I don't have to assume every person older than me is smarter (or higher-paid) than me.
Now if I could only convince Jeff to add "bubble-gum distribution" to our client services...:-)