When running a business, it is imperative that you operate efficiently and effectively but stay within the confines of the laws of your area and make sure you treat your customers and clients right. Having a law background can help some small business employees out when looking to meet their goals while keeping the business and its customers safe. Sarah McMullin talks about her career working in a small company.
What degree or program did you study?
“I have a bachelor’s in business management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship as well as a law degree.”
What are your daily duties?
“In a small company, like Camino, you get to wear a lot of hats. The list of hats I wear includes sales, marketing, web development, SEO, account management, corporate secretary, HR, investment fundraising and contracts.”
What is the favorite part of your job?
“The part of my job I enjoy most is that I don’t know what each day will hold. Sometimes I’m preparing a sales presentation or working on pricing structure. Some days I’m reviewing contracts to make sure we’re fulfilling our duties. It is never boring, and I always feel like I’m contributing to growth.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current position?
“Yes, my education absolutely helped me in my position. Obviously the law degree has been invaluable in terms of legal reading and writing. Studying entrepreneurship prepared me a great deal for what to expect in a growth-phase company and what pitfalls I can help the team avoid.”
Have you participated in any forms of continuing education?“I regularly read up on the latest laws that apply to my industry, specifically health IT, as well as trends in things like search engine optimization and long cycle sales.”
Do you have any advice for others looking for a similar career?
“My advice to anyone looking for a different type of career is to stop being so risk-averse. Small companies can be risky, but the rewards can be huge, both financially and emotionally. If you want to be in control of your own path, it’s hard to do that as a cog in an oversized corporate machine.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.