Happy Passover to all of you celebrating out there!
The last full week of April, that would be this week, is Administrative Professionals Week in the United States of America. ‘Round hereabouts, that means it’s Terri Appreciation Week.
It’s very easy to see what I do—I put pen to paper and make pretty art—but it’s much harder to see what Terri does.
Terri is a Hufflepuff. She is hardworking and extremely loyal. (She is also an American badger, so don’t effing mess with her or her loved ones. She will defend her own with sharp teeth and claws. Seriously, why do Brits think of badgers as cute and bucolic? They’re scary.)
A short, non-comprehensive list of things that Terri does around here:
Looks for art shows for us to send our art to
Investigates other venues for selling our art (mostly our Judaica)
Fills out paperwork (So. Much. Paperwork.)
Itemizes every single, solitary expense the business had
Writes most of our product release blog posts
Handles most of our product release social media
Comes up with ideas for art
Manages the business schedule
Monitors my workload and keeps me from overcommitting and burning myself out
Deals with customer inquiries
Deals with wholesale inquiries
Terri is more than just a “manager.” She’s an agent, an editor, a manager, and an assistant all rolled into one. Geek Calligraphy is not my business, it’s ours. We founded it together. She’s my business partner. And before she was any of that, she was—and continues to be—my best friend.
There are very few awards for administrative professionals, in part because what they do is very rarely visible to anyone outside their respective businesses. (Also in part because we live in a society that devalues support work, whether administrative or emotional, but we’re here to celebrate Terri, not protest the sexism and Capitalist values in our social order.) Part of the way that we change that is by publicly talking about what they do.
Terri is awesome, her work is valuable, and she deserves to have more than a week celebrating her accomplishments.
Does what Terri does for Geek Calligraphy sound helpful? Do you wish you had someone to do some of that for you? You can!
Terri also takes clients on a freelance basis.
Some things Terri can do for you:
Yelling at People Who Need Yelling At
Social Media Plan
Visit her website: ArtistWrangling.com