Listen: Better Business Bureau, Business Owner, Alison discussed on Women in Business
"New programs or introduce new things you can turn on a dime. It's not like some of these big corporations that take forever to implement change. If you see a problem, you can change your business and address that problem, and I'm able to contribute in ways that I want to contribute not because it's mandated by another business owner, and you know, I'm really reluctant to get involved with organizations like the Better Business Bureau because they dictate how I would solve a problem with a customer, and I have my own process. And I liked the freedom that comes along with if I have a problem with the customer, I get to fix it. Anyway, that I see fit and the economy is huge for me. F- interesting. You know, I served in my other life. I served as chair of the Better Business Bureau in my area, and we were the third largest in the United States. And I was the first woman to do. So and you know, there is a process, but then again, at least with us. It was solve the problem. I mean, you figure out how to solve it. Whatever you do is fine with us. You know, it wasn't. I mean, there was a procedure to go through the paperwork, but the actual solution was was really up to the organization. But I believe Alison I'm wondering how you think about this. There are people who shouldn't be in business. I mean, they just should be in business. They want to go to a job, and they want their pay whatever it is and their their benefits, whatever they are. And they want to get up and be able to come home when they know they would be. Able to do that. And they spend their time with either their spouses initiatives, or their kids games, etc. And they just they want a paycheck, and that's all they want. Yeah. There's nothing wrong with that. And I assume that's a lot of the people you have working for you. That's why there's nothing wrong with that. Yes. I think that I think the younger people today prefer the life of the entrepreneur, I do see that happening more and more. When when I went into business six years ago. I mean, it was just a phenomenon, you know. But I just knew I wasn't going to be able to work for anybody. I wouldn't be able to do anything that I considered stupid. And so whenever happened happened in. I the biggest shock. I got was when I realized that these people who worked for companies actually got paid to go to these conferences that I had been paying for and for training that I had been paying for. But I thought well, it's still rather be independent. However, I'm wondering with you. How you how? Now, you have a son in your business now who's running it who evidently has the characteristics of an entrepreneur. How does he handle dealing with his mom as the owner or the person who brought him in? Well, we have navigated those waters. It has been a struggle because you know, you gotta take off the mum hat and put on the boss hat. He has to take off the sun hat and put on the employee hat or now the co owner hat, and so we've we've had to. Tread carefully in those waters and sometimes retread nicer than others. But we do things we have outings together to remember that we like each other outside of work at that. I'm yeah. So we try to get away like at least once a month for real head over to the mainland, and the, you know, hang out in the city and go and do a sit in scape rooms or go to a gun range or something and just have fun together. And in more and more we introduce that in our staff as well. So that there is this constant. Appreciation and team building going on. But it is it is challenging working for family. I sure. Wow. Well, why don't you tell our listeners how to get in touch with you? And maybe something you might want to offer them or anything like that at. All right. I reach."