I'll start this little piece by saying firstly I've put this in Guitar so people actually see it (rather than made in the UK-sorry @Roland ;
) and secondly .... I bloody love what I do for a living. However.... today has been a strange day and as such I found myself pondering the meaning of life.
In my last Job in the Army, I was very busy, I was responsible for the explosive safety of Europes biggest Explosives depot and these responsibilities included looking after large numbers of Soldiers, Officers and civilians. It was fantastic fun and made easier because I had a incredible team of staff that worked for me...
Fast forward to today. I realised that I am one of only 3 people in this company and that I have to be able to do pretty much everything. What does this mean? well in short I have to be able to do all of the following:
- Circuit design (Core Business)
- Pedal Building (Core Business)
- Pedal Testing (Core Business)
- Pedal wrapping (Core Business)
- Shipping (Core Business)
- Stock management (parts, components etc inc ordering, collecting and delivering) (Core Business)
- Pedal artwork
- Box artwork
- Website design
- Product Photography
- Photo editing
- Video Editing
- Sound engineering
- PA skills (inc email, messaging, phone calls)
- Social Media
- Accounting (inc Taxes, Wages, Bills, Invoicing)
- Helping industry friends.( Core Business)
As I said above, I love my Job as a pedal designer/manufacturer but as a small business owner I do not have the luxury of being able to subcontract all of these tasks out like i was able to in my last job. So all of these things have to be done to the highest standards possible, and as such I have had to teach myself all of the skills that aren't marked as Core Business above.
I say this because ultimately I am no different to any of the small business on this forum, they all have had to do the same. In case anybody is wondering, some of these extra things are bloody hard, especially when you are a total NEWB (and this from someone who has a Masters Degree in rocket science) to the field.
Anyway, I guess my point is this, please try and appreciate some of the (smaller) companies and people in this industry if you can, we work hard at 20 different jobs just so we can give you guitar gear of one kind or another, Criticise if you think it necessary or constructive but bare in mind that is just one of the jobs the individuals have on their worksheets for that day and TBH we are unlikely to be amazing at them all.
Anyway, two of the jobs above were done at the end of this day. I'm getting better at photography and editing. still nowhere near @FelineGuitars and @RiftAmps but I'm happy with this:
Adrian Thorpe MBE | Owner of ThorpyFx Ltd | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @ThorpyFx
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