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Working for a small company has its perks! The boss doesn't really complain if I'm late so I basically make my own hours.
My job is a mixed bag of computer and light manufacturing. A graphic designer who gets pulled off every now and again to cut business cards, or package something or print t-shirts. A jack of all trades- master of none.
But now I'm a webmaster?
In a nutshell, this is how my job has developed.
Boss wants product up on www,
Boss gets a friend to set up a Y store (so now I have to build a site using the Y store editor! oh what fun awaits me!)
Boss gets google adwords
I learn how to use the tools and build the site,
I also learn adwords and get great CTRs
Too much money being spent so adwords gets cut in half,
Traffic from google is also cut in half,
Conversions suck- always did, still do.
Here's the deal though. My job still pays me the same and even if the site fails. And why should I even care! This has been the bane of my existance. Currently going back and forth with Yahoo with blog issues, and they still appear to have no idea what I'm inquiring about! (I would LOVE to post the emails here, can I do that?)
I don't like my job anymore, and since the site does nothing but cost him money- I can't ask for a raise (rise to you UK peeps).
Is there anyone out there in my boat? As a store OWNER there's a whole lot to get all excited about and work towards. I have tried to make the site work but have run out of inspiration. There simply is nothing in it for me.
How do others in my position find inspiration? Should I be under some kind of contract that offers me a percentage? That would make me try harder for sure, but how does one go about that process when you may be too busy cutting paper products?
I would also learn to do a better job on the ppc get away from the high traffic words too much junk going on and spend some time learning instead of poor me.
Has it occured to you he may not be to happy with you as well?
A few weeks ago I started reading up on how to communicate effectively. I guess it's time to go back and pick up where I left off. There's a reason I started the reading in the first place- I need it very badly.
I now realize that this isn't my bag. I'm only here because my job as a "Sign maker" (sawing, painting, lettering, LABOR) developed into this, and my wage has not changed one bit. My goal is not to bust my Arse to make somebody else rich.
Thanks for the inspiration everybody!
I have an old saying "if you are afraid of advancement go the back of the line someone else will step up"
Have you ever thought hmmm making signs lets see maybe there is a future in it or
WWW what if I learn this trade or skill and am willing to work, learn, listen were can I benifit from this.
Have you ever figured if I help someone make allot of money I just may learn how to do it myself...
But on the other hand if I have an attitude I usually end up closing a door God has opened.
I myself would rethink my position www or sign maker seems a no brainer to me.
Hope we have helped by pointing out your inability to really see your boss is helping you not hindering you...Anytime a new door opens there is a reason behind it..I would discover that reason before I closed the door.
many companies are bringing those skillsets inhouse now.
My goal is not to bust my Arse to make somebody else rich.
If you hate your job so much, then quit and bust your arse to make yourself rich. If that's not an option, then I suggest you change your opinion of your job. (In fact, you might be amazed at what an attitude adjustment will do for your stress level, your situation, and maybe even your salary.)
ecommerce sites start as one sale, then another then SEO optimising, than more visitors, then more sales.
An ecommerce site needs to be nurtured, tweek it here and there. If you are not ready to do that, quit doing it.
The thing that is really not obvious in early ecommerce is that
a change today might increase sales in six months.
a change today may mean no sales for a month until you determine what happened.
My advice, gardening is not for everyone. Ecommerce is similar to gardening. You have to want to do it.