By Teresa Jackson
When you own a small business, the buck stops with you. There can be no ‘that’s not my job’, no entitlement to a certain position.
We need to do whatever needs done. End of.
Last week was a typical one and I decided it would be fun to document it as a diary, to give other small businesses a bit of a laugh to be honest as I’m sure many of you will concur and an insight if that’s not your day to day life…
I’m in the office over the weekend doing some painting and maintenance. Having renovated several houses and before that learning from my superstar mum who can literally do anything from wallpapering to tiling, carpet fitting to building her own garden furniture, I do the trades jobs I can do to save money for those I can’t manage (which are a lot more than my mum!).
A Sunday night text from my (very reliable and fabulous) housekeeper on Sunday night so say she wasn’t well meant the first day of the working week started for me as a cleaner. In at 7am to hoover, dust, clean the bathrooms, stock up tea, coffee, snacks and make sure the office is reset for a busy day ahead!
My new employee starts. I’m delighted to have Christie joining the team as a Member Host. Her role is to ensure a delightful experience for every member and guest using Collabor8te. There’s lots to learn. Not least of which is getting to know every individual who works out of our city centre workspace. She’s made a great start but fitting in my own work alongside transferring knowledge is challenging.
In the morning, it’s time to become duty ‘plumber’. A blocked loo means grabbing my trusty plunger! It’s not a fun job but these things happen from time to time and getting on with it myself means that I don’t need to wait on a call-out.
Come the evening, we have a networking event being hosted here, an increasingly common occurrence and we love that. The #LinkedInLocal team arrive around 5.30pm to set up. We’re sponsoring so the fridge has been stocked with beers, wine and fizz (it’s Valentine’s Day!) A busy and fun couple of hours later, I tidy up and head off about 8.30pm.
Our increasing number of members means we need more furniture again. I’ve always worked it this way. Cashflow is king and we just don’t have money to throw about, so we buy as we grow. 4 new ergonomic chairs arrived today and as our usual handyman isn’t available, it’s up to me to put them together. Flatpack furniture is not my forte but I’m proud of myself when I have (eventually) worked out how to follow the instructions 😉
We made it into Business Insider and the Scotsman! Working with our PR agency, The Wee Partnership, our story of expansion plans hit the national business news! What a great end to the week. It’s an odd feeling when you see yourself on the screen or in the pages of a newspaper but I’m hugely grateful to be there and for my business to continue to go in the right direction. Onwards and upwards!
Collabor8te is a small owner-managed business. We understand small businesses because we are one. It’s is our constant aim to provide the best facilities and community for all our members and we love it when they love it! If you’d like to try us out, get in touch and I’ll arrange a free day’s trial for you.