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Cursed September 14, 2007

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Work.

At the risk of turning away a portion of my large readership by not posting something awesome, I think I will do a venting session.

I think I am cursed in the hiring department.  Two weeks ago I had two technicians quit.  Both did so by not showing up for work, which is very frustrating in my industry.  In fact, its seems like if someone doesn’t come in to work, then two people don’t.  I can deal with one.

Compounding the problem, and in fact, my main problem, is that I do not have a receptionist/office manager/customer service person.  Rosie, bless her heart, quit for a government job with good benefits.

At the time, I felt relief.  Rosie, bless her heart, I thought was doing about three-fourths of the work that I thought could be done by one person.  But Rosie, bless her heart,  is crippled and has a hard life, and I just couldn’t fire her–even when I thought that she might have even stolen from me.

So, yeah, I felt relief.  And I felt confident that I could easily find a super organized, well-spoken,  powerhouse of a secretary.

Indeed, when I posted the job on Craigslist, the applications came pouring in.  I threw away the obviously bad applications, conducted interviews, and otherwise whittled the stack down to the most serious contenders.

Finally, I called the winner to give her the job.  She accepted.  She didn’t show up.

Franticly, I called the backup choice.  She showed up, a little bit late.  But hey, what was I expecting for the pay I was giving?  I gave her more time, but did not like the way things were going.  She was immature and I didn’t trust her to take care of the office.

So for the first time in my life, I fired someone.  It was bad.  Tears were shed.  Pleading took place.  But I felt good about the decision.

Since then, TWO MORE have now come and gone.  Do I have bad luck or what?

I’ll take a moment right now to do a preemptive strike on the anonymous commenter who will ask if I’ve considered the idea that I might be a bad boss.  I haven’t ruled it out.

End vent.


Now Hiring August 9, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Work.

Brimley’s White Glove Chem-Dry is now looking for carpet cleaning techs to join our team. This exciting opportunity allows you to be your own boss*, set your own hours**, and decide how much you want to make***.

Our techs make anywhere from $15-25/hr, depeding upon the cleaning packages they sell to the customer. Full time employees receive health benefits, paid holidays and vacation time.

Let me know if you or someone you know might be interested.

w: 480-649-3663
c: 480-388-7708

* boss will be Mike Court
** not guaranteed
*** some restrictions apply

New Website for Slackers August 2, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Funny, Sites I like, Work.
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Its called workfriendly, and it makes normal webpages look like a microsoft word document. Here’s what Stephanie‘s website would look like using the tool.

workfriendlyCheck out the “boss key”.  Slack on.

New Beginnings January 8, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Business, Entrepreneurship, Tips and Tricks, Work.

Inspired by my wife’s enthusiasm for blogging and my own personal guilt for not keeping a journal, I am entering the blogosphere. I have heard that the definition of a blogger is “someone with nothing to say writing for someone with nothing to do.” We’ll see if that’s the case.

As I am at a time of transition in my life, an article I saw online called “Why I Quit Entrepreneurship and Got a Real Job” caught my eye. The article is extremely well written and I thought it would be a good start to my blog. The title of the article makes it sound very unentrepreneurial, but most of it talks about things he has learned that will help him become a better entrepreneur:

Attack everything with enthusiasm – I used to be the kind of person that did a great job on things I liked, and did enough to get by on things I didn’t like. When you own your own business, you have to do a lot of things you won’t like. Learn to attack every task with enthusiasm. I’ve had to make up games and do other crazy stuff to force myself to tackle boring work. Procrastination is just too easy. If you can learn to knock out the work you don’t like, it will make you more disciplined, which will make you more successful.

That advice is true as an entrepreneur, in a corporate job, or as a homemaker.

Entrepreneurship is not always how you picture it. Like the guy who wrote this article, I am leaving an entrepreneurial life for a “regular” job. The blood, sweat, and tears (ok, maybe not blood) I have given to my startup has taken some time off of my life, but it has been an invaluable learning experience. Now I will take the advice that I have heard many times before–get a job.

The advice that I am thinking of isn’t from my mom in my high school days when I wouldn’t get a job to save my life (and my mother’s sanity). It is from entrepreneurs like Robert Kiyosaki, who say to take care of your needs with a job, and start some ventures on the side, so you won’t have to deal with the pressure of feeding your family with your new business. Business mistakes can be made when one is not willing to take risks because he is worried about not getting a paycheck if he does.

For those of you who are bored to tears with this post, thanks for plugging away. Business is one of my passions, but it isn’t the only one. As my stolen tagline states, I will be blogging about a variety of topics, so check back with me as I write about parenting, marketing, photography, blogging, technology, or a picture of a full-sized Darth Vader carved entirely out of butter. Stay tuned.

By the way, I’m not entirely satisfied with the title of this blog. Any suggestions are welcomed.