It’s hard to believe just 15 months ago, I made a major career change. I decided to move on from a job that was not creatively satisfying and pursue my passion for interior decorating at Janet Brown Interiors. I mulled over the decision for weeks. Knowing that I would be taking a big pay cut and that my employer would no longer be paying for my health insurance, I decided to follow my “dream job” and accepted the position.
This is not to say that every day is sunshine and rainbows. Some days I come home feeling frustrated about my financial situation. I know I don’t make as much money as most of my peers, but I knew that going in. I also knew that the opportunity came into my life for a reason, and it could not have been at a more perfect time.
Working for a small residential Interior Decorating business has been something I’ve always seen myself doing, but had filed it away in my “one day” folder…until I made it happen! Sometimes I feel like I literally fell into this position, but it has led me to so many wonderful opportunities. Here are my Top 5 Reasons why I love working for a small business:
1. Feeds My Creativity
Working for a small residential interior decorating business allows me the opportunity to utilize my creativity every.single.day! From designing mass e-mails to merchandising the store windows, and a whole lot in between, at the end of the day my creative side is very satisfied.
2. Helping People Make a House a Home
Since working at Janet Brown Interiors, I’ve met so many interesting and influential people in the Richmond community. Helping them find that special item; whether it’s new throw pillows for their sofa, or table linens for the Holidays is incredibly humbling.
3. Increased Confidence and Managerial Skills
With helping customers, comes confidence. Not only am I working to sell our products, but I have to feel confident behind the item they are buying and feel certain they are getting the best value for their money.
In working for a small business, you have to put in what you want out of it. Often, that means being your own boss. Everyday, I make decisions with the customer in mind, i.e. product placement and “ease” of shopping, while also making sure all administrative tasks are getting done with efficiency.
4. Everyday is Different
My fourth reason for loving working at a small business, is that not one single day is ever the same. Aside from design clients, we can’t predict when customers will come in and what they’ll want to buy. One day we might have a $3,000 day in sales and other days, we barely break $500. While the unpredictability can be frustrating when you are juggling several tasks at once, most of the time it’s fun and it keeps you on your toes!
5. A Stepping Stone for What’s to Come
At Janet Brown, I have access to hundreds of industry resources. From a simple project like figuring out fabric pricing per yard, to custom made pillows for a customer, I have already learned so much about the industry I love. With this experience and some further education, I feel sure I am in the right place at the right time to further my career goals.
Are you happy at your job? Are you willing to take a leap of faith and follow your passions? Feel free to vent or share your success stories with me!