I am here today to introduce you to Alexis. She has been an integral part of this company for the last year, and without her, I would be stressed and overwhelmed :).
By the Summer of 2020 I was feeling burnt out in every way. I had been hustling constantly trying to keep revenue up even though there was a Pandemic changing the world all around me. As I look back, I wish I would have given myself a little time to relax. But alas, my small business owner work ethic kicked in. So by the end of Summer, I knew I needed help.
I had hired someone in Fall 2019, Tran, a fantastic handbag maker with lots of prior experience, but she moved to a new city around the new year of 2020. Hiring Tran was a game changer. She was a hard worker, and when she told me she had to leave, I was so bummed. So I was really hesitant to try hiring again. But I stuck an ad on craigslist and had a few zoom interviews. I immediately liked Alexis. She is warm, passionate and thoughtful. She started in late July, and I couldn't have made it through the end of the year without her.
I wanted to take the time to introduce you to her because she is awesome, and also because she is going to become an even more integral part of the business this year as I begin my new job. She will be taking on more sourcing, customer service, and shipping.
I asked her a few questions about being a creative, and working for small businesses. Click the link below to learn a bit more about her, and what roll she will be taking on this year!
B: What is your favorite part about being a creative?
Alexis: How it gives me permission to continually be curious and explore my imagination. Having been driven by my creativity has allowed me to learn a lot about myself and the world around me in a magical way.
B: How has working for small businesses shaped you as an individual?
Alexis: I have worked for only small businesses since college, so that is 10+ years at this point. It is difficult to separate exactly how it has shaped me since it is such a huge part of who I am. I have learned more from working with and watching small businesses owners than I ever did in school. The experience of working with so many strong willed capable business women and artists has been invaluable. There is a resourcefulness that is integral to working for small businesses. There isn’t another department you can ask, or pass a project onto. It always comes down to you and your team because there is literally is no one else. If you don’t know how to do something, you have to know how to figure it out.
B: What would you love the Tesoro community to know?
Alexis: How much I appreciate them! Because of their support and dedication I have a job. So thank you! Especially in this day and age where small businesses are competing with these huge companies with endless resources and cash to burn. Thank you for appreciating slow fashion, quality art, and generally just having good taste ;).
Alexis Favorite bag you ask?
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