Month 4 week 2 at BriteBee
What do you think of when you hear “start-up company?”
Working at a start-up is nothing like I expected. I always pictured having to move across the country for a company. Doing the 9 to 5 in my high tech office with a couple of hundred co-workers. For some people, this is what their start-up looks like. But not at BriteBee.
At BriteBee, there is no separation between your work life and personal life. Sometimes you work 9 am to 5 pm, sometimes you work 9 am to 5 am. It’s stressful, we are always changing courses and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
I am officially halfway through my apprenticeship and it’s so weird to think of who I was just three short months ago.
Here is why I wouldn’t want to be at any other startup company:
When you work at a company of 7 employees, you are involved in EVERYTHING:
Most companies have several or even hundreds of employees for one department. At BriteBee we have to be a jack of all trades, and that is where my growth has stemmed from. In three months I have had lots of client facing experiences, generated thousands of video and graphics for insurance companies, dealt with happy customers, angry customers, and have made a name for myself in our company which I consider to be more of a family than co-workers.
My graphic design skills have flourished:
Thanks to our amazing marketing director and my design guru, Katherine, my eye for aesthetics has drastically improved. Katherine has a lot of experience in design and has generously given me photoshop lessons so I could improve my designs and master a new tool.
I have learned to grow a backbone:
We do our absolute best to keep all of our clients happy, but sometimes your best still isn’t enough. I have always been a huge people pleaser and a “yes man.” Our CEO, Keagan has taught me that you will never make every client happy. I was under the misconception that you do whatever it takes to keep every client. But sometimes that just isn’t feasible. It is just as important for the company to be happy with a client as it is a client to be happy with the company.
Going outside of my comfort zone:
The amazing thing about being a part of a mega small startup company is your voice is always heard. It took me a while to realize this, but I wanted to start using it to my advantage. Instead of just doing what I was told, I thought, “How can I grow this company? How can improve what we are already doing? What processes do we need to put in place to keep our clients happy?” Once these questions started flowing into my mind I began presenting them to my coworkers. Some of the ideas we went with, others we didn’t but I am certainly finding my voice in this company and loving every minute of it!