A New Office

Koozie Central Blog Day 27:

Here I am sitting in my brand new shiny office!  It was quite the fanfare when I first arrived to this lovely shared facility as it was a) a holiday and b) we got locked out of the office for my very first few hours. Silly me!  Having finally received a set of keys as well as a stern talking to on how not to lock one’s keys in the office I have arrived!  Got my new double-screen work station, a wrap-around desk and all the coffee I could ever hope for.  I can just feel the productivity ooozing from my fingers.

My Latin American co-workers were thrilled with the personalized koozies we handed out!  Genius!  A big hit all around and some promises to connect to friends in key places associated with marketing accounts for major local companies.  If just one person comes through I’m going to be pretty excited!

In addition to being a special work day (my third official day in the shiny new office) today is my birthday.  It has been so fun to receive phone calls and chat about all of the progress kooziez.com has made over the past year. As we enter into our second year of official existence (well official in the sense that we started having the capacity to take orders on the web) I am really excited about where this company is headed!  It’s a wonderful time to be associated with this fantastic start-up company and I can’t wait to see what summer has to bring!  Graduation koozie time just around the corner!

The Art of Communication

Koozie Central Blog Day 26:

Email Comic

I’m not ordinarily one to toot my own horn (no pun intended and on second thought, yes, I actually am), but my email communication skills are quite solid.  My email skills have developed since email made a big splash on the “aol” scene, I’ve made enough faux pas, as well as taken advice from some excellent e-communicators so that I feel comfortable saying that I am an excellent “emailer”.  Responses to client/possible client emails are usually organized in number form, for longer answers, and neat concise paragraphs for shorter answers.  My contact info. is  always readily available in more ways than one and I’ll even go so far as to color code (bold, italics, etc.) if I think that will help the reader to more clearly understand the answers to their questions.

Why do we send emails?  It is an efficient and recorded way of communicating that is almost instantaneous and can be a highly productive way of doing business.  Why do I say can be?  If you don’t check your email regularly and/or respond to the emails completely, it entirely defeats the mode of communication.  Writing well thought out (note, not time consuming, simply well written) emails saves all parties involved a good deal of time and often hassle.

The point of this blog is to comment on various aspects of my day to day business life and my experiences of starting an online business, www.kooziez.com, from scratch all while living outside the USofA.  One thing that continues to elude me is how one can be involved in/dependent upon various web aspects without taking advantage of these very aspects of the web that contribute to your businesses’ success.  I am, as we “speak” starting a formal daily log in which I summarize, every 15 minutes, what activities I’ve worked on.  Why? In order to become even more efficient at what I do.  I simply cannot understand not having some type of “smartphone” if running a successful online business and cannot begin to comprehend a lack of consistent email checking.

Please also be sure to understand, this is not so much a space for ranting as it is a space for musing.  Yes, I do get frustrated but I more try to look at those frustrations as an opportunity for learning rather than a sticking point that prevents me from moving forward (after, of course, the initial five minutes of loud expletives aimed at my computer).

C’est la vie.  It is my job to figure out how to be more efficient, not to force people to change.