Just in case you've ever wondered (can't imagine that anyone has) here is a little of what I do:
- Plan meetings each month for both the trip and REZonate teams
- Attend those meetings each month
- Plan activities and themes for VBS for the kids at Pine Ridge
- Set up budgets
- Write devotionals for the crew book
- Make up schedules for the trip
- Shop out materials online to see how we can do things in the least expensive way possible
- Email crew members to remind them of deadlines, meetings.
- Pack and label stuff for the trip
- Contact potential sponsors via email, letters, and/or phone calls
- Contact bands to see if they can perform at REZonate
- Stay in touch with city leadership to make sure all the i's are dotted and t's crossed so we stay out of trouble
- Research advertising costs
- Updates web sites, blogs, and myspace, and facebook pages (and now Twitter too)
- Go shopping to pick up materials. This can be anything from building materials to school supplies to pop or water for REZonate. (this is really fun when I get cart loads of school supplies and have everyone at Walmart wondering what on earth I'm doing)
- Print stuff ( I HATE this because I have the worlds WORST printer ) Sometimes Kinkos is cheaper and I'm really grateful when it is.
- Sometimes speak to groups
- Sometimes do an interview
Well, that's enough to give you an idea. THANKFULLY I have help - since we are a non-profit fund through The Community Foundation, they handle sending receipts and thank you's to our donors.
All of this requires a LOT of COMMUNICATION with everyone from crew members to bands to sponsors to city leaders to motorcycle associations to people who might attend either the trip or the music fest. Since I realize this is my job and not everyone else's (other people have real jobs) I usually communicate via email so they can respond as they have time. Which means I'm at my desk at lot sending emails or recieveing them or replying to their reply.
Some things I've learned about working at home are:
You have to be self-motivated. You have to be able to ignore the phone for personal calls when you are working (just like you would at a real job).
The Advantages of Working at Home:
The hours - I get to set my own schedule
I get to do what I love
I get to be home
I don't have to dress up - I can work in pj's if I want
The Disadvantages of Working at Home:
I don't get paid so I never have any money (that's a real disadvantage)
It is very isolating
That last one is one I don't like at all. Most people who work, work with other people. They have times throughout the day when they will speak to a co-worker to talk about any given subject. They may go to lunch with a co-worker. When you're at home by yourself for the better part of the day it can be very isolating. So, if you see me on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, or blogging and wonder what I'm doing there when I'm supposed to be so busy - well, its my way of sticking my head out of my cubicle and saying "Hello? Hello? - is anybody out there??" Even at that, its also part of my job - the networking, communicating, promoting, etc.
OK, well I'm off to Walmart. :)