dcsimg

Career Story: Former Ceo Of An Office Products Business

Former Ceo Of An Office Products Business

Job Title: Retired Business Executive

Type of Company: My company planned and designed and sold office furniture as well as a full line of office products.

Education: I completed high school and 2 years of college, and participated in many trade seminars.

Previous Experience: I took over a family office products business.

Job Tasks: My key responsibility was the management of the business with an emphasis on sales. But I would also do floor planning and office design on my computer.

My daily routine was to open the office and make sure that all departments were properly manned. I would answer customer calls and resolve any problems and issues. It was important that everyone was on time and knew their job. If training was necessary, I provided it. Once a week we would hold a staff meeting. This led to good morale among the employees. Good morale always led to accurate and efficient work. I tried to impress the employees with importance of customer service: that customer service "came first." But I always made it clear that, as the owner and CEO, the buck stopped with me. The responsibility for the success or failure of the business ultimately fell to me.

If a student is determined to enter the office products business, he or she should look closely at the market and competition. Today's office products are primarily sold in office superstores and office furniture is sold primarily by specialists.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The worst part of the job was that of firing an employee.

Job Tips: To be successful in the career I pursued, or any career, you have to be prompt, consistent and willing to learn. Most of all, though, you need to be able to communicate with customers and fellow workers. I always had a positive attitude and I considered that one of the secrets of my success.

Additional Thoughts: What surprised me in my business career was the competitiveness of the market. If there were anything I could abolish, it would be the long hours required to be successful. The most important personal quality to possess is a "Get it done now" attitude.

Popular Schools offering Business Administration Programs

 
Results:  10
Matching School Ads

Why earn your degree at Grand Canyon University? GCU is a regionally accredited university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more. Apply today!

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

San Joaquin Valley College - A Private Junior College.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Lancaster

At Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online
Selected Programs:
  • Accelerated MBA

Start the next chapter of your life with an Associate or Bachelor degree from Miller-Motte College Online Division.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

The University of Denver encourages students to explore several options when it comes to financing their MBA@Denver education

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Additional Career Stories for Chief Executives

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Chief Executives, including:

Back to Top