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Career Story: President Of A Thrift Store

President Of A Thrift Store

Job Title: President Of Small Business

Type of Company: It is a thrift store in which a portion of the proceeds goes directly to the Humane Society.

Education: Attended Framingham State College (3 years) and Mass Bay Community College (1.5 years); Degree not yet complete.

Previous Experience: I am passionate about animals and the environment so I opened a thrift store that benefits the Humane Society while also promoting recycling and re-using.

Job Tasks: Our store benefits the Humane Society. People donate items of clothing and household goods and we sell the items in our stores to the general public with a percentage of our sales going to the Humane Society to benefit their mission and programs. Donations come through the door on a regular basis and so on of my responsibilities is to sort and price the incoming donations. As the President and co-founder of the business, it is my job to oversee all aspects of the store to ensure that all runs smoothly and that daily tasks are completed by the employees.

I am also responsible for all of the bookkeeping for both locations. That includes paying bills, making daily deposits and completing the bi-weekly payroll for both stores.

I truly enjoy working for myself (along with my sister/partner) and have always possessed the ability to be a leader and head the team. I am also responsible for all of the human resource aspects of the business. I hire employees and I fire employees. I meet with employees who are not fulfilling their obligations and meet with employees who exceed our expectations to let them know that are doing a great job.

It is a fun yet physical job at times. It is never boring and the time just flies by. I truly recommend to anyone looking for a career to do what you love - the money will follow. When you do what you love, it never seems like work!

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best is being my own boss. I make the rules and have to report to no one. It is my ideas and visions that are carried out by my employees. It's wonderful.

The worst is dealing with employees who don't really care or have passion for what they are doing. When you're not passionate about something, your work shows it!

Job Tips:
1. Do what you're passionate about.

2. Be ready to work, work and work some more. However, if you're passionate about it, it seems less like work!

3. Be patient. Building a successful business takes patience, hard work and determination. When you feel like quitting, DON'T. Push through it. It will pay off!

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