(That means “good trip Mike”, for everyone not well versed in Francais)
This morning Mike departed with his family for a month-long voyage through China. It will most certainly be one of those “once in a lifetime” experiences for him. I can’t wait to see all of the pictures and hear about everything they did.
That said, the reason I’m writing a post about it is that this is a big step for our business. One of our partners will be gone for a month with almost no internet access. It’s an extreme example of what things will be like with one of our key components missing for an extended amount of time. If he was in the US or even Canada or Europe, it would be much easier to just pick up the phone and call if we really needed to. Or to shoot him an email and get a reply within a few days. In remote areas of China, not so much.
The nice thing is that our systems are set up to allow for this pretty good. He doesn’t need to do any web design work. Our sites can sit for a month, and I can always whip something up if need be. The other key component of his job is to plan and execute all of the sales on Detailed Image. This is much more complex than it sounds. The nice thing is our systems allow him to automate everything in advance. When 6/1 rolls around, the banners will change on the site, new sale items will go active, a new sale page will be available, and a blog post will go live…all while he’s touring Shanghai. The newsletters are all prepped and I basically just need to hit “send” and they go out when we’re ready.
I’ll be sending him email updates as things happen. If he gets a chance to check email once or twice, great. If not, they’ll all be waiting for him when he gets back.
Assuming this works, it’s a big step for us. I know I certainly want to be able to take off for a month or two and not have to worry about things falling apart. It’s hopefully the beginning of us being able to cash in on the flexibility of running a web company.