November 6, 2007.
A good friend of mine suggested, or demanded (kidding) I give some photos of a "Day in the Life" here at Jamie's Painting & Design. It sounded like a great idea until no one wanted to be in the photos that I took. Everyone sort of ducked and made me promise to cut their faces out...sheesh.
So this little photo tour of Jamie's Painting & Design is going to be missing some parts, please feel free to use your imagination - everyone was a model in a past life, we are all VERY good looking:
Sweets & Treats
I usually don't start buying snacks, fruit and candy till after Thanksgiving - a little pick me up when you have tiles coming out of your....well you know. I don't know what happened this year, but I just kept buying snacks, and drinks (no not THOSE kinds of drinks), and more snacks - and then Halloween candy showed up at our local store in like August....had to get me some of that! Anyhoo, if you were here working these would be in the break room for you, along with fruit, soda and water in the fridge.
This is our first entire year of having some products that are not personalized. We try to keep them in stock so that they can just be ribboned (I know not a real word) and shipped. We have started adding stock to our weekly duties, slowly but surely we hope to have enough stock ready to go at a moments notice. These coasters, ornaments, gift tags and frames are just waiting to be ribboned and assembled.
Assembling the Products
All of our products need some sort of assembly, oh wait not the plates. We love when we get those orders - take the order, make the plate, make the shipping label, ship it. Everything else needs ribbon, or backings or rhinestones glued to it. With over 251 different product designs and ribbon choices to go with that - we need someone that knows all our products. I am so lucky to have a family friend (retired) who I have known my whole life to own the 'assembly' of our products. And did I mention fast? I have not timed her yet, but she has been known to ribbon, rhinestone, glue and back over 200 tiles on any given day.
End of the year, our poor ribbon is a mess. This is only a third of the ribbon we have ready to use on our products. We have two other similar ribbon holder thingies on the other side of the ribbon section.
Shipping Our Products
Our shipping department is not state of the art - but it is organized. I can still remember when I was in our garage at home and using a garbage can full of Styrofoam peanuts and a coffee can to fill up our boxes for shipping. Things have changed for sure, and for the better. We ship twice a week, giving us a schedule and the ability to RUSH orders out at a moments notice.
Our shipping clerk is also a family friend (retired), and he does a great job with a capital G. He catches everything - I mean every little nick, every spelling error, every ribbon color change...not that we ever make mistakes! He is our Q & A Department also, and signs off on every order we ship.
After we ship the products our amazing book keeper extraordinarie takes care of the billing. Oh did I mention she also processes the orders, makes shipping labels, is our buyer and kits all or our drop ship items. If you have read this blog you will remember I used to wear myself many a hats - and I still do have a tad too many on any given day. However, this wonderful person has taken many of them off my plate....head I mean head.
Our accountant takes care of our bills, managing our accounts, and paying people (most important job out there). She is also our resident "Efficiency Expert" - if it can be done better or faster she will find a way. She is always looking at ways to make work easier - and she loves procedures. Oh ya, um did I mention she is my mother, that wild and crazy gal is also an anal organized freak...and I mean that in the nicest way.
So there you have it a tour of this wonderful place I call work, or home, or life...whatever I call it. I would not be where I am without all these amazing people I work with - I could never do it all - it does not a village people, but it does take some fabulous employees to succeed!