Job Title: Consultant
Type of Company: We are a web-based business promoting healthy green living.
Education: Berkeley College, West Patterson, NJ
Previous Experience: I was a manufacturer's representative based in NYC with the parent company based in Hong Kong, so it was an easy to make the transition to the virtual company I work for now: between time changes and distance, I met with my counterparts once a year.
Job Tasks: My primary responsibility is to build a curriculum that will be used to teach people how to implement a recycling and composting program within their schools or public institutions. Our company is web based and will include an educational/certification component, a green "tips" component, a product component and a consulting component. It will be the premiere source for all things that are green. We will be trying to revamp the rating systems that are currently in place and hopefully broaden them as well as adding a customer rating system that consumers will be inputting and accessing.
Alongside all the above listed services, there will be a reference and book publishing business. We hope to spread the good news of the progress we can all make together if we simply cut our individual carbon footprints by 20%. We can and will mitigate the damage already done to our planet. If we can educate and help small children understand the importance of all of this, they can carry forward the mission and make a real and permanent change. It only takes one generation to change a culture and the time it now.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The worst part of this job is that it is a start-up company... which is also the best part of this job! When a company starts from nothing there are no rules or standards and this is fun, but it can also be risky. You can burn out much more easily when you are on your own and working from home.
Job Tips: The best advice I can give anyone beginning to work in a start-up company is to insure you are protected financially as well as professionally. Do not invest personal money and make sure the partners have enough equity to sustain the venture's momentum even when times become lean.
Working with people you have worked well with in the past is always a good idea.
Lastly, never do anything you are uncomfortable with. In small start-up organizations there are times when you may "bend" your personal standards...DON'T do it! The long-term effects are not worth the money you may gain and your conscience will suffer forever.
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