Business Cards…didn’t seem like a huge or unreasonable request. About 18 months ago I asked the boss lady (I love calling her that!) if we could get some business cards printed up. Didn’t even care if they had my name on them – I just thought they would be a good idea for business. Her response: “Nope, not happening, we sell online why do we need those?” Okay, maybe she said it more delicately but that’s what I heard.
Fast forward 6 months and then a year later and I put in my 2nd and 3rd requests for said cards. Adding both times that when people ask me what I do, and then seem genuinely interested when I tell them about our sites, I would love to hand them a card so they can check it out. I firmly feel that when you work for a small business you need to be a walking, talking billboard for your products. Short of hijacking laptops to take them to the site, or carrying catalogs and river rocks in my purse, I figured business cards were the answer. But alas, still a no-go from the big chief (tee-hee).
So, I have to tell you I was completely shocked when last week Brenda says, “I’m designing business cards for us!” My mouth dropped open and then the big smile spread across my face. “Really, we are getting cards?” “Yep, and I’m putting your name on them and we are going to use them a lot, so you better figure out what your title is once and for all.” Gulp…title?! I have to define myself and my position here? Yikes!
Okay, I have made reference before to the fact that I do a little of everything around here. You all have seen the sign over my desk, but I really don’t think NO OAT (Nosy Overseer Of All Things) belongs on a business card. So what am I around here? Which title will really suit me best and let people I meet or send these to know what I do around here? With Owner, President, Operator, Boss and Chief already spoken for, I started throwing ideas out:
Administrator (too formal)
Admin (too informal)
Logistics (too complicated)
Sales Manager (too guy in the back room of a used car lot)
I’ve got it, I’ve got it… “Sales and Marketing Manager”! It really sums up what I do, overseeing the warehouse and stock, marketing our products and managing the sales force. All wrapped up into one nice title. Not to mention my mom would be so proud to see that I am finally putting that Marketing degree she paid for to work! (Thanks Mom!) So there you have it, that’s who I am:
Suzi Marceron – Sales and Marketing Manager – CourageInStone.com
But wait, what about what else I am? Mom, Wife, Sister, Daughter. Lover of all things scrapbook related, team mom for baseball and soccer, PTA officer, and so much more. How will I fit it all on the card? And what about Baxter, my faithful furry sidekick, shouldn’t he have a business card? Office greeter, welcome wagon, puppy kisses extraordinaire? The possibilities are endless…