My last job and my current job have both been in small business retail marketing, which is basically this insane, fast-paced, one-person-does-everything-and-its-cousin job that I kinda sometimes love? And other times it sends me straight into the clutches of burnout.
But being a small business, I've ended up being the only Tech-savvy human in the company both of these times. Which is... well, it's been interesting. And there are some experiences that just make you laugh.
These are those experiences.
Nope nope nopity nope nope NO. Planning all social media isn't easy. Contests, giveaways, ecommerce, shipping products, receiving products, while also counting inventory, stocking shelves, serving customers and answering phones/emails? Every. Single. Day?
None of it is easy work. Whether you're working on the sales floor or working at a computer, it's all hard, and it's all very unforgiving. I've spent days running up and down stairs when they needed help on the floor. My legs are KILLER.
People also seem to think social media is an easy task. It's not. Trying to get engagement, think up post ideas, come up with lovely graphics and pull in followers, while trying to stick to your brands voice and what your target demographic love? It's HARD. There's a lot that goes into it.
This has turned into a rant, moving on.
sigh Yup, let me try turning it off and on again... there you go, good as new!
Probably the router, let's go take a peek at it shall we?
I don't know phones! Try like... unplugging it?
This has happened every time I leave code on my screen while I run off to do something else. It's all English, it's just... code. I'm working on the website. I can show it to you if you want?
This cracks me up every single time. I just... awww it's adorable.
Actually, no, I can't.
The program is it's own monster, and I don't control it. I know it getting confirmation to close every time you try to close it is annoying, but that's not something I can just fix. I'm sorry. :(
(Side note: if only I could manipulated every program ever. Wouldn't that be an amazing skill to have. "Yep, I can totally change this drawing program to make it a writing program, because for some reason you forgot Word existed.")
Ahh, this old standby. I got this from a new store manager at my old workplace, and it made me feel... odd. I don't think I should be a manager, I would be a horrible manager and anyway I don't manage anyone. I just.. do my things and move on with my day.
But I think it was a compliment, so we're letting it slide.
It's developer related, basically insert explanation here.
Them: oh... so nerd stuff.
The age old question. The annoyance I feel when I'm asked this is THROUGH THE ROOF.
I do so much. But if I spend the day on the computer, my fellow sales floor folks always wonder what I'm doing. And when I say "well I was making changes to the website, scheduling social media, setting up sales..." it's always "oh... so that must have been boring!"
It wasn't! I promise, this is some of my favourite parts of the job. But because they aren't used to this kind of stuff, not being on the floor is odd and seems weird and boring to them. So I don't blame them, but I wouldn't mind if it stopped. At least a little bit.
Look, this was a weird post. For all of us. But it sounded like a fun idea while I was driving home from work today, so now I've typed it out and can't take it back.
One of these days. I'll make it into a full out tech job, and these problems will melt away (maybe).