Hi! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kristin. I joined the EtterOps team about a year ago. I consider the fact that I found EtterOps to be quite serendipitous.
Although I’m not an entrepreneur myself, I find myself drawn to the entrepreneurial spirit. Growing up, I watched my family run a small business of their own. I spent my summers in the warehouse playing, and you guessed it, I worked.
I counted and packaged inventory, folded letters, stuffed envelopes, and sometimes my mom would let me help her enter invoices. This was all while I was in elementary school, so child labor laws might come into question here!
When I was older, my mom stopped working for the business, but I eventually took on a bigger role while in college. There, I saw firsthand as my father struggled to do everything on his own.
I understand what it’s like to run a small business by yourself. You do a little bit of everything; sales and deals by day, invoices and paperwork on nights and weekends. And as the expression goes, while you are doing a little of everything you are mastering none. In addition to what your business does, you might also be doing your bookkeeping, marketing, updating your website or some other must-dos you may not be strong at. This can be exhausting.
When I interviewed for my position with EtterOps, I was asked if there was a certain task I could do. I said, “Yeah, I can do that.” Then I was asked, and this question sticks in my mind, “But does it exhaust you?”
Wow! I’ve never been asked that question in an interview before. The more I thought about it, the more it sank in. What an excellent question. One that we should ask ourselves for every responsibility we take on. You can do this or that, but does it exhaust you?
The best part of the EtterOps team dynamic is that we all work at recognizing each other’s strengths and we’re assigned the projects that energize us. This has been a great success for our team. It allows us to feel fulfilled in our careers and invigorated by what we do. We enjoy taking tasks off our client’s hands, knowing that they’re exhausted by them.
I can’t help but think of my parents’ business and how much they could have benefited from an EtterOps. How much better off financially and in their personal well-being would they have been if they had had a team to help? I can see now that it was too much for one business owner to take on alone.
You have no idea how excited I am to have found EtterOps, and I’m not exhausted by my tasks. I’m energized knowing I get to help each and every one of you, our clients.