One of the best parts about owning my own business is the ability to develop a company culture. When I was just a one woman show three years ago, the culture was self-directed. I listened to books on tape as I made jewelry. I took weekday field trips to museums once a month. I went running in the mornings before work.
However, as Jess LC has grown it has been a lot of fun to see how the company culture is developing around the tastes and interests of the girls who are working with me. Susie has brought an eclectic music mix which has had us listening to David Bowie, Girl Talk, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros (or “Edward Sissorhands and the Electric Shavers” as I tend to accidentally say), and a plethora of 80’s pop singles. I can honestly say my music appreciation and awareness has expanded tenfold because of our dear jewelry maker.
Then Melissa came. She brought the baked goods. Her Betty Crocker skills are much appreciated and have since spurred us all to start baking more on our nights and weekends. Below is a little compilation of what we’ve been cookin’ up – and eating – over the past two months. This new work trend has now created a “pie o’clock break” tradition which occurs at exactly 2:30 each afternoon.
Another recent trend addiction is our love of You Tube videos. Our favorites include:
Overall, the culture continues to develop and deepen in new and very enjoyable ways. I think the culture itself has been one of the most rewarding parts of being self-employed. I encourage anyone who is thinking about starting their own business to take advantage of the chance to cultivate a fun and personal atmosphere.