Thursday, April 19, 2012

If I were boss for the day!

     One of the most common things employees do is say is a some type of variation of  , "If I were boss for the day".  They usually will go into their ideal scenario of how things should be at work, whether it be their job duties, pay, benefits, or a decision that someone higher up made positive or negative.  I've done it before, and listened as other have.
      Now, as being a business owner of, and anticipating bringing on employees very soon.  I think of that same statement, I've heard many times when I was an employee.  I have to say that there's a switch that happens when you go from being an employee, to a business owner/potential employer.  You look at things differently, and you now have an awesome responsibility to have others livelihoods dependent on you.  You have a clean slate to work with, and you can do anything you want with it.  When I think about the fact that I'm going to be the boss.  What things am I going to do that I believe are important to an employee.  As the leader of the business, for your employees, everything reflects directly back on you!  Particularly in a small business, it's easy to see how things get mucked up in large corporations.  Knowing, that my choices/decisions are reflecting back to me.  I have to first look at me, and really look at who I am.  I am a genuine person who cares about people, and  I refuse to stay on the surface.  Everyone has things unique about them, and I want to know those things.  I've worked for superficial bosses/companies before, and it's a miserable place to work.  I'm not that guy!  So, here's what I've come up with for being the boss:

The most important thing to me as a owner, is I absolutely REFUSE to have my employees being the "working poor"!  It's not gonna happen!  I will not allow it to happen!

I was offered health insurance at one of my employers.  Family plan monthly premium that I had to pay, $900.  Yeah, that's rent, and utilities money!  I will pay all my employees premiums for health insurance, again my commitment to not having employees being the working poor.  In addition, I will put additional money into an account to pay their co-pays for visits/prescriptions.  That's for anyone covered under their plan.

Screw this work for a year, get a year vacation stuff.  Employees get a week vacation after six months, and a second week at their one year anniversary.

Minimum pay:  The least amount of pay that I will pay any employee, is $35k per year.  In addition, every employee is eligible for bonuses.

Grant Cardone said in a seminar, "It's not a job, it's your life!"  That statement resonates with me.

It's all about Jobs!!

     One of the things that drives me in building, is job creation.  I can easily think of 5-10 jobs that I can create in my business.  That may or may not sound like much, but it only starts with my business.  I have absolute conviction that as a result of my business.  Those who are present on the site, will see a dramatic increase in their businesses as well.  I watched a new story about a conversion manufacturer that because of the addition of a manufacturer to their product line.  They hired an additional 40 people.  I firmly believe that conversion manufacturers are barely scratching the surface of their true market potential with their products.  
     Yesterday, I was looking at a small local upfitter's site, and was impressed with the radical things they do.  The first thing I thought of was, "I want these guys on my site!"  The impact that my service can have on their business, is huge!  My platform allows the little manufacturers to be present with the big guys.  We are equal opportunity here!  As a result, whether your a big player, or small local player, you have the ability to increase business/revenue to levels that you didn't expect to reach.  These manufacturers will have to increase the number of employees, and that's what drives me!