By: Patricia Seaton, College Pro Alumni
1. Work ethic: Bottom line, College Pro job is hard work. There are 70-80 hour work weeks that require you to do what it takes in order to get the daily to-do list (that can sometimes seem impossibly long) done. There’s no time to stop and complain—Nike’s motto “Just Do It” is a good personal motto to adopt for the summer.
2.. Tenacity: there WILL be days where you feel like you’ve reached the breaking point and want to quit. Expect this to happen and be prepared to take a short personal time out to remind yourself of the reasons why you’re doing this and the reward that’s waiting for you at the finish line.
3. Drive: You must be able to push through ‘being tired’, ‘feeling stressed’ or ‘needing a break’. The spring is a pretty crazy time for College Pro managers but you must hang in there and trust that things will get easier if you put in the necessary effort to ensure your business is on track.
4. Precision: As a College Pro manager you are responsible for every aspect of your business. Organization is key as you are juggling more tasks then ever before, and how well you execute these tasks corresponds to your overall success as a business owner. If you forget to call a customer back, you may miss out on a job. If you misplace a proposal, your painters won’t know what part of the home needs to be painted. High precision helps ensure your business runs smoothly.
5. Be prepared to make sacrifices: Running a business is a huge commitment; no one else is going to run it for you. You must be prepared to make sacrifices in order to be successful. Whether this means sacrificing sleep, weekends at the cottage or fun nights out with your friends, College Pro job will require you to miss out on something at some point through out the summer in order to tend to the responsibilities of the business.