I started a new job a few weeks ago. Well, not exactly a new job, but a new location for doing my job. For the last four years, I have worked from home for my dad. I basically help out with whatever extra things need doing for Al Dunning Training Stables, Team AD International, and AD Tack. My dad has the most amazing office assistant in the world. Mary Jordan has worked at the ranch forever and has recently decided to “semi-retire”, only coming in 2 days a week. So I am now in the office three days a week, doing mainly the things I have been doing, with a few extra additions.
I’ve already learned a few things. 1) Though working from home is nice, you get a lot more done in an office setting. It could just be me, but in my home I am easily distracted by my own personal to-do list pile, the dishes, the laundry, and my DVR. 2) Mary is probably the most organized, efficient, patient woman in the world. No joke. 3) A lot goes on in an average day at the Almosta Ranch. And I don’t even have anything to do with the actual horse part of the ranch. While I’m busy in the office, there is actual horse training and lessons going on. At least it looks like it from my window view. 4) It’s very peaceful and quiet when everyone is at a show. It’s crazy, busy, and action packed when Al and crew are at the barn. Though I may occasionally roll my eyes in private at some of the “boss’s” requests, I much prefer the latter. 5) I’m really doing my best to be the second best office assistant at the Almosta. I’ve been warned that I can be fired at a moment’s notice. Jeez. Thanks, Dad.
Note: I will refer to my dad as “Al” in this post for the sake of making my day sound a bit more “real jobby”. That’s a word, right?
- Check phone messages, put Al’s messages on his desk, any messages for the boys go in their boxes.
- Check emails, forward important emails to Al.
- Check for AD Tack orders. Create invoices, record payments, package and ship any orders. Slow day…two DVD orders.
- Facebook! Share a sponsor’s post, post a video that promotes Team AD International, post a pic to Instagram. Al does most of his own Facebooking, (It can get a little scary) but I help out here and there.
- Email headshot and bio to host of 2015 clinic in Indiana
- Al reads bio and decides it needs to be revised (completely re-written). Leaves me a page on my desk scribbled with his notes. File that in my “Later” file.
- Email a clinic packet to Australia for possible 2015 clinic
- Search for AD sweatshirts to mail out to contest winners. And we only have XXLs. Ok, sweatshirt order is on the to-do list.
- File paid receipts (Mary has a VERY intricate, organized filing system. I’m a bit frightened to mess it up!)
- Run home for lunch. Peanut butter and jelly on wheat for those of you wondering.
- Oh, jeez. Completed tax returns for ADTS in the inbox. Heart palpitations when I see anything from the accountant. Print out signature sheets, get them signed, get checks, mail payments, fax in e-file papers. It’s stressful enough to deal with my own taxes!
- Add new photos and descriptions of saddles for sale to AD Tack website. This takes forever.
- Visit with Jade, Al’s assistant. He and his wife Tessa are expecting a little boy next year, and it’s fun to talk babies with men! We set up a time to film a sale video for a 2 year old the next day.
- Update sponsor contact list to send to 2015 clinic hosts.
- Al wants new boots-email Justin about ordering. Peruse Justin website while having intense discussion with Al about whether or not people still wear crepe boots. And apparently they do because he ordered a pair.
- Horses need new boots as well-email Professional’s Choice about placing an order.
- Brainstorm ideas for AD Tack Products of the Month. It’s decided we’re going to put sets together each month for a while and sell at discount. This month’s featured product is going to be a set of spurs and spur straps. Next month-headstall, reins, and snaffle. Watch Al struggle for 20 minutes to attach spur straps to the spurs and then a curb strap to a headstall. Tomorrow I’ll film short videos of Al explaining each featured product for email blasts and social media.
- Send a few new photos in to be added to the Sale page of our website.
- OK, and I’m done. I make Mary a list of things I probably messed up during the day or questions I had. Basically, I feel she has to come in twice a week to correct the mistakes I make the other three days a week on top of all the other stuff she regularly takes care of so perfectly. She laughed when I told her this, but I saw the twinkle in her eye. I think I nailed it. Sorry, Mary. I’ll get better. I promise.
Bear “McKenzie P.”