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Career Story: Owner Of A Water-Quality Testing Company

Owner Of A Water-Quality Testing Company

Job Title: CEO Of A Small Business

Type of Company: I run a small environmental services company.

Education: BS, Math and Chemistry •• MS, Chemistry •• MBA

Previous Experience: I worked in research for a large drug company.

Job Tasks: My company does water-quality tests for municipal work. I do testing and then write a report to explain to the customer what the problems are and what they need to do to alleviate them. I also have to run the office and do our accounting, which includes running the account software. But I also issue invoices and making entries balancing the books. Fortunately, I do not do the taxes or the pay roll. I have an accounting firm to do that.

My company mostly does municipal work. But we also sell speciality chemicals which were designed and created by me for the use in making water quality improvements. I sometimes need to go to town meetings to explain to local residents what action we intend to do and the effect it will have on the water delivered to their homes. We occasionally do work in waste treatment, cleaning sewage up so it will not hurt lakes and streams.

Running the office is sometime difficult because of all its demands. As the owner, all the problems fall on my shoulders and I am not much of an office type.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I love to do research and to develop new systems and new chemical approaches. So the best part of my job is the mental exercise. I love to come up with answers that no one else could find and develop new products and programs. Writing peer review papers and presenting them is also fun. But it can be nerve-wracking going through the review process.

Job Tips: Stay on top of the software and computer systems so that the technology works for you and not the other way around. Set up your business so you can afford more time outside the office. You should be better capitalized than I was before you start your business. Keep active in you education so you keep learning.

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