Mon - Fri, 9:00am - 5:15pm (Eastern)
Best Part of Business
One of my favorite parts of owning a small business is having the chance to work with Friends. I love having the chance to buy from my friends and I love the opportunity to supply to my friends. A friendly face can make a difficult business decision that much easier. My friend Joe Michel built this website 13 years ago. Well at least he built the original, and since has reconstructed it many times to update our technology through his company, www.itworxonline.com. He has me "tweeting" on Twitter.com, I'm now on Facebook communicating with old friends and new business relationships, I'm linked in at linkedin.com, and we are ready to start hosting contests and share photo images through Flickr.com. And you know what? It scares the life out of my chartering into new waters, but I have a friend by my side leading my through it, and that makes me feel better.
I also enjoy the other side of this friend/business relationship. Every year I see friends scrambling to get their families "perfect card" together for the Holidays. Everyone has to have the best Holiday Card you know. Looking at familiar faces growing up on the Christmas Cards in front of me, the cards Mastercolor printed really gives me great joy. I wish everyone would come in early November rather than December 15th, but hey, take what they give ya.
Most recently I have had the chance to work with some very old friends of mine:
Brian Rightsell and his wife Kelly and their company, www.kellyrightsell.com. Brian has been a friend of mine since long before our days at Page High School, and I am excited to be a part of his business plan now. We do some printing for Brian and Kelly in various formats, and it is fun to see their creative designs and listen to their ideas. Heck, Brian is the one who pushed me into developing MastercolorCanvas.com that will be used by those only looking for gallery wrapped canvases, a product that is exploding in our industry. Kelly's love of children and all their spirit can really add to your child's room.
I also get the chance to produce for Nancy B. Westfall. There is not much I can say more about "B" other than I have always loved her like a little sister. From our days at Greensboro Day School, to best friends at the University of Georgia, and then she even followed me to New York City (you know how little sisters follow), and here I am now reproducing her beautiful artwork for her and watching her business grow. Look at her work at www.squishme.com, her talent and creative spirit can really add some "fun" to your home decor. Check out her popular print:
Yeah work is not always the best thing in life, but it sure makes it better when you get to experience it with friends.